Camborne's ground is seen as many to be the best rugby ground in Cornwall boasting a superb grandstand. On 15 April 2007, the Cornish Pirates won the EDF Energy National Trophy at Twickenham for the first time in the club's history, against Exeter Chiefs. The score was 19–16. The Pirates returned to The Mennaye for the 2010–11 season and remain there to date. After the success of the 2006–07 cup win, the hope was that the club's ambition could finally be realised. This hope was hampered by the loss of Viliami Ma'asi and Alberto Di Bernardo (to Leeds), these losses were offset in some degree by the signing of Canadian international scrum half Ed Fairhurst, former England U21 centre Simon Whatling from Worcester and seasoned professional Rob Elloway from Gloucester.
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At first the results were not good but after the World Cup the team began to pick up and were joined by one of the stars of the tournament Tongan full back; Vunga Lilo. Unfortunately the side couldn't live with the newly relegated Northampton Saints and were unlucky to draw them in the 1st round of the cup, going down 15–3 at home.
The 2009–10 RFU Championship was divided into three stages; the Pirates finished 6th during the 1st stage (main league), and then 3rd in their promotion group during the second stage, failing to qualify for the playoff semi-finals. ^ Figure is taken from first stage of the 2009–10 RFU Championship. ^ As with the previous season, the 2010–11 RFU Championship was divided into three stages. Pirates finished 3rd in the first stage, then 1st in their promotion group (second stage) to qualify for the playoffs. ^ Figure is taken from first stage of the 2010–11 RFU Championship.
It is hoped that the proposed move back to Truro to the proposed Stadium for Cornwall will see an upturn in the club's fortunes and bring the supporters back. Season Total Average Highest 2000–01[a 1] 11, 400 1, 140 2, 000 2001–02[a 2] 12, 400 1, 127 3, 000 2002–03[a 3] 11, 300 1, 614 2, 200 2003–04[a 4] 19, 810 2, 201 5, 100 2004–05[a 5] 24, 018 2, 002 5, 000 2005–06 36, 194 2, 784 5, 879 2006–07 38, 892 2, 593 5, 365 2007–08 52, 294 3, 486 6, 487 2008–09 44, 739 2, 983 4, 913 2009–10 42, 157 3, 011 5, 654 2010–11 39, 195 2, 450 3, 500 2011–12 36, 932 2, 308 3, 214 2012–13 20, 480 1, 862 2, 954 2013–14 21, 558 1, 797 3, 752 2014–15 16, 270 1, 479 2, 390 2015–16 15, 705 1, 428 2, 340 2016–17 16, 132 1, 467 2, 043 2017–18 16, 715 1, 520 2, 236 2018–19 20, 190 1, 835 2, 963 2019–20[a 6] 14, 372 2, 975 Season summary League National Cup(s) Other Cup(s) Competition/Level Position Points Play Offs Competition Performance 1987–88 Cornwall/Devon (8) 4th 13 1988–89 7th 10 1989–90 1st (promoted) 1990–91 Western Counties (7) 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 3rd (promoted) 14 1996–97 South West 2 West (6) 1997–98 1st (promoted) 36 1998–99 South West 1 (5) 4th 29 Tetley's Bitter Cup 2nd Round Cornwall Cup Winners 1999–00 1st (promoted) 40 3rd Round 2000–01 National 3 South (4) 3rd 38 Semi-finals 2001–02 49 Powergen Cup 2002–03 National 2 (3) 45 2003–04 National 1 (2) 10th 43[a 7] 6th Round 2004–05 85 2005–06[a 8] 90 Powergen Trophy 6th Round 5th 101 EDF Energy Cup Winners 91 EDF Energy Trophy 4th Round 82 5th Round RFU Championship (2)[a 9] 6th[a 10] 58[a 11] British & Irish Cup RFU Championship (2) 3rd[a 12] 76[a 13] Runners up Pool Stage 3rd[a 14] 74[a 15] Semi-finals 6th[a 16] 52 Quarter-finals 6th 51 8th 9th 55 4th[a 17] 67 59 RFU Championship Cup 2019–20 75.
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43[a 18] Semi-finals[a 19] 2020–21 Green background stands for either league champions (with promotion) or cup winners. Blue background stands for promotion without winning league or losing cup finalists. Pink background stands for relegation. Club honours Cornwall Cup winners (3): 1975–76, 1998–99, 1999–00[a 20] Cornwall & Devon champions: 1989–90 South West Division 2 champions: 1996–97 South West Division 1 champions: 1998–99 National League 3 South champions: 2001–02 National League 2 champions: 2002–03 EDF Energy National Trophy winners: 2006–07 British and Irish Cup winners: 2009–10 RFU Championship runners up: 2010–11, 2011–12  Club records Highest attendance – 6, 487 At home to Northampton Saints on 9 September 2007 (Recreation Ground, Camborne).  Highest average attendance (league) — 3, 486 Achieved during the 2007–08 season Current standings Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Diff Try bonus Losing bonus 1 Ealing Trailfinders 20 16 0 4 890 336 554 15 80 2 Doncaster Knights 17 3 524 322 202 9 77 Cornish Pirates 521 365 156 12 73 Jersey Reds 6 596 436 160 69 5 Bedford Blues 11 536 503 33 50 Ampthill 8 420 511 −91 46 7 Hartpury 515 Coventry 468 582 −114 Richmond 440 546 −106 42 Nottingham 407 690 −283 30 London Scottish 18 326 846 −520 If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order: Number of matches won Difference between points for and against Total number of points for Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled Green background Championship winners Updated: 2 April 2022 Source: "The Championship".
However, on 27 May 2005 at an emergency meeting held in a packed St Johns Hall the innovative plans were passed. They included: Relocating to a new temporary site at Kenwyn, Truro for the 2005–06 season. Re-branding including changing the club's name to the Cornish Pirates. Upgrading all the facilities at the Mennaye Field which will continue to act as the permanent training base for the Cornish Pirates. The Mennaye to continue to act as the playing home for the Pirates mini and junior sections and Mounts Bay RFC.
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Joe Beardshaw wins line-out ball for the Pirates against Plymouth Albion Following a highly successful 2005–06 season, (when crowds were increased and the Pirates finished 3rd in Division 1), it was decided to relocate again and over the next two seasons the Cornish Pirates played their home rugby matches at Camborne RFC's recreation ground.
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^ Note that Pirates are missing 3 home attendances out of 13 due to poor media coverage during the 2003–04 season. ^ Note that Pirates are missing 1 home attendance out of 13 during the 2004–05 season. ^ Note that Pirates only played 8 home games (out of 11) during the 2019–20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. ^ Bonus points had been used in National 1 since the 2003–04 season but would not be introduced to the lower leagues until much later.
 ^ a b Ospreys lock James Fender is on a season-long loan for the 2022-23 season.  ^ a b Saracens prop Harvey Beaton is on a season-long loan for the 2022-23 season.  ^ a b c d e f g h Seven Exeter Chiefs players are dual-registered for the 2022-23 season.  Notable former players Notes ^ Note that Pirates are missing 3 home attendances out of 13 due to poor media coverage during the 2000–01 season. ^ Note that Pirates are missing 1 home attendance out of 13 during the 2001–02 season. ^ Note that Pirates are missing 6 home attendances out of 13 due to extremely poor media coverage during the 2002–03 season.
In 2009–10 the Pirates won the inaugural British and Irish Cup, beating Munster A 23–14 in the final at the Recreation Ground, Camborne. Pirates remain a solid RFU Championship side, their lowest finish since being 9th in 2015–16, with highs of 3rd in 2010–11 and 2011–12. These 3rd-place finishes resulted in Pirates qualifying for the promotion play-offs. In 2010-11 Pirates beat London Welsh in the semi-final 18–10 at the Mennaye Field before succumbing to Worcester Warriors in the final over two legs, 12–21 at home and 25–20 away, 46–32 on aggregate, resulting in Worcester's promotion back to the Aviva Premiership. The following season the Pirates again won their semi-final, beating Bristol over two legs, 45–24 at home and losing 29–18 away, resulting in a 63–53 win on aggregate.
^ Pirates finished 3rd in the first stage, then 2nd in their promotion group (second stage) to qualify for the playoffs. ^ Figure is taken from first stage of the 2011–12 RFU Championship. ^ The competition format for the 2012–13 RFU Championship changed to a main league stage, with the top 4 sides contesting the playoffs. ^ The competition format for the 2017–18 RFU Championship and onward was changed to a standard league, with the playoffs discontinued. ^ The season was postponed and ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom with Pirates sitting in 3rd, having played 15 games and gained 52 points.
Because of this, there have been many plans over the years for the Pirates to move into a new, larger stadium which meets these requirements to allow the Pirates to achieve their goal of promotion to the Premiership. The most concrete of these plans is the proposed Stadium for Cornwall, which would be home for both the Pirates and Truro City Football Club.  The Stadium For Cornwall has received funding from Cornwall Council, and is now only awaiting £3m of funding from the UK government before construction can begin, which is expected to be provided in Spring 2019.  The first stage is planned to have a capacity of 6, 000, which can be expanded to 10, 000 in phase two in the event of the Pirates being promoted. Supporters A number of promotions at the beginning of the 21st century saw the Pirates rise from south-west regional rugby all of the way up to the second division. The re-brand from Penzance & Newlyn to the Cornish Pirates for the 2005–06 season, along with relocating from Penzance to Truro, meant that the club was not only the highest ranked in the county but also the best supported, having doubled its supporter base in just over 5 seasons.
In examining the options it had been viewed as imperative to increase the support base which led to a difficult decision for Dicky Evans and the supporters of the Pirates, as to whether the team should relocate to another site to play their home matches or not. The questions, concerns and sentiments arising from the proposals were thoroughly debated in the clubhouse and elsewhere.
A further move to Camborne the next season saw attendances continued to flourish, rising to a peak of 3, 011 per game during the 2009–10 season. A move back to Penzance during the 2010–11 season heralded a steady decline in attendances, although as the county's only professional team the club still was easily the best supported. Despite their higher status, the Pirates continued to enjoy good relations with neighbouring clubs such as Redruth and Camborne, often playing home matches on Sunday so that supporters of those clubs can also attend games at the Mennaye Field.
England Rugby. Current squad The Cornish Pirates squad for the 2022–23 season. [a][b][c][d] Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality. Player Union Will Crane Hooker England Morgan Nelson Wales Max Norey [d] Olly Adkins [a] Prop Jack Andrew Harvey Beaton [c] Matt Johnson [d] Hayden King Marlen Walker New Zealand Steele Barker Lock Will Britton James Fender [b] Lewis Pearson [d] Cory Teague [d] Josh Williams Joe Elderkin Back row Alex Everett Will Gibson Jarrad Hayler Seb Nagle-Taylor John Stevens Rusi Tuima [d] Olly White Bear Williams Ruaridh Dawson Scrum-half Scotland Tom Kessell Alex Schwarz Harry Bazelgette Fly-half Arwel Robson Rory Parata Centre Ireland Garyn Smith Shae Tucker Tommy Wyatt [d] AJ Cant Wing Arthur Relton [d] Callum Sirker Robin Wedlake Carwyn Penny Fullback Will Trewin ^ a b Gloucester prop Olly Adkins is on a season-long loan for the 2022-23 season.
As this was the highest level the Pirates had reached, 2003–04 was the first season the club would experience bonus points. ^ First season that the club would be known as the Cornish Pirates. Prior to this they were Penzance-Newlyn. ^ As part of the extensive league restructuring by the RFU for the 2009–10 season, National 1 was renamed as the RFU Championship. ^ League position is taken from 1st stage only.
Pirates again however lost in the final, this time to London Welsh, losing 21–37 at the Mennaye and 29–20 away from home, 66–41 on aggregate. Following these highs, Pirates did not finish in the play-off places again, finishing between 6th and 9th in the subsequent seasons. They returned to the top four in the 2017–18 season, finishing 4th, however a restructure to the league for that season had seen the play-offs abolished, with 1st place being promoted to the Premiership automatically. To be promoted to the Premiership a team must meet certain stadium requirements, and the capacity of the Mennaye Field is too small to meet these.
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