Cornish Pirates: Championship club's future relies on new stadium, says chairman

Paul Durkin
Paul Durkin has taken over from Ian Connell as Cornish Pirates' new chairman

Cornish Pirates' plans for a tie-up with the Chiefs Super Rugby franchise hinge on a new stadium being built.

They were recently saved from going bust by new investment from former owner Dicky Evans and a partnership with the New Zealand-based club.

"You need that stadium, we need the other revenue streams," said new Pirates chairman Paul Durkin.

"It that doesn't happen, I really fear for what the outcome will be because it's not sustainable."

Stadium for Cornwall
The Pirates hope to move to the planned new Stadium for Cornwall in Truro, which has been given planning permission but has yet to have work started on it

The Pirates are hoping to move into the proposed new Stadium for Cornwall in Truro, but work has not yet begun at the site, which received planning permission in July 2015.

"We've got a very clear view of what we want to do," Durkin said.

"First is to consolidate what we've got at the minute and make sure we've got a solid base to allow the team to play.

"It's all predicated on the fact that we will get the Stadium for Cornwall, but the input now is coming from Super Rugby in New Zealand and I think that is unique.

"We've got people who are putting money in, but also have intellectual property about how to run a stadium, how to run a Super Rugby franchise and that's so important.

"The view is consolidate, get the stadium going and the Premiership after that."

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