Cornish Pirates sign Tommy-Lee Southworth and Rhys Brownfield

Rhys Brownfield (left) and Tommy-Lee Southworth
Rhys Brownfield (left) and Tommy-Lee Southworth have already started training with the Pirates

Cornish Pirates have added two more local youngsters to their Player Development Foundation.

Prop Tommy-Lee Southworth, 18, joins having made six appearances for Redruth in National Two South last season.

Rhys Brownfield, 19, who can play at fly-half or centre, has also moved to the main squad having played for club's amateur side last season.

Both players were part of the Cornwall under-20's side that made last season's County Championship semi-finals.

The Player Development Foundation was set up by the Cornish Pirates last year to nurture young talented players and provide a stepping stone to professional rugby.

"The Player Development Foundation proved successful last season and being the premier club in the county we naturally feel duty bound to support talented Cornish youngsters by giving them an opportunity to reach their full potential," said director of rugby Ian Davies.

"Tommy-Lee and Rhys have adapted well to the pre-season training and we envisage them both continuing to improve as the season goes on. Their time with us will be complimented with match time with local club rugby."

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