Cornish Pirates have signed England Counties Under-20's prop Tommy Phillips to their Player Development Foundation.
The fisherman played for Cornwall in this summer's County Championship final win over Lancashire at Twickenham.
Last season Phillips played for Redruth in National Two South.
"We feel Tommy is another Cornish youngster with a big future ahead of him," said Cornish Pirates director of rugby Ian Davies.
"Having had a strong showing last season in National Two the basic rugby foundations are in place and it is now just a case of layering conditioning, game understanding and playing with a greater intensity on top to aid Tommy in pushing on in the professional game."