Truro School 1st XV Hooker Locryn Williams has been signed by Greene King Championship side Cornish Pirates.
Locryn’s career with the Pirates begins this month with pre-season training and games; one of which is the day before our annual 1st XV v Old Boys fixture on September 6.
It was the Director of South and South West Rugby, David Penberthy, who first suggested a future with the Cornish Pirates and offered to help Locryn get in touch with them. Although, Locryn explained, without Truro School’s Phil Angove, who had consistently talked to Ian Davies, the move may have taken longer than expected.
He said: “Whilst on England duty in France, there was a lot of talk about our futures with rugby; many had been signed and approached by various clubs and whilst there I realised that Rugby is what I wanted to do as a career.”
Locryn has captained the under 15 Daily Mail Dream Team, the Cornwall under 18 South West Championship side, South and South-West division and was a member of Exeter Chiefs EPDG under 16 to 18, as well as being part of the EPAP programme.
His contract will end in February 2015, when he is due to travel to New Zealand having applied for and having been accepted into Canterbury/Crusaders International High Performance Unit. This consists of 5-6 months in New Zealand for their playing season.
Locryn said: “This is a great opportunity and I must give my heartfelt thanks to Mr Whitmore who gave me an excellent reference and Mrs Rainbow who also helped me get over there. Of course Tom Rawlings from Truro College helped me tremendously and I’d never enjoyed have fitness training so much without him!”
If he returns he has an unconditional offer at UWE to study Sports Conditioning and Injury management; however this depends on the opportunities available to him in New Zealand.
“Who knows what could happen if I make an impression. New Zealand is an amazing place with opportunities to advance and play rugby in one of the best leagues in the world. I look forward to challenging the New Zealanders with some Cornish grit!”
Locryn has organised kits for the Old Boys game in September to be coloured pink in aid of Cancer Research, in memory of a family friend. He said: “So many people are affected by Cancer each year and this will hopefully be a way in which we can help, instead of feeling helpless.”
He plans to come back to Truro School to help out with the school’s rugby teams, working closely with Director of Sport Graham Whitmore: “I owe a lot to Mr Whitmore and Truro School – it has been a second family for me for over 7 years and I enjoy helping other out with the sport. If I can do that at school and keep close to the community, I would love it.”