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Pirates want to stay at Camborne

Cornish Pirates

Cornish Pirates chief executive Rod Coward wants his side to stay at their present home in Camborne.

Pirates raised are concerned they may have to move back to Mennaye Field in Penzance if they qualified for the RFU's new Championship next season.

They are also worried about the Championship criteria of funding a fully professional side.

"We're grateful to Camborne and we would hope to stay there," Coward told BBC Radio Cornwall.

In a statement on the club website he added: "It is our firm intention that the Cornish Pirates will be both invited and playing in the Championship next season.

"But to do that two equally important elements must be achieved.

"Firstly we must finish this season in the top 11 and secondly we must have addressed how we will bridge our projected budget shortfall.

Coward says the club would need at least an extra 300,000 if they are to compete in the new-look 12-team league next season.

The Pirates chose to move their home games away from their traditional base at the Meynnaye in 2005 but it is still used as the club's training facility.

They elected to play their home games at Camborne, widely regarded as the best ground in Cornwall, at the start of the 2006-7 season.

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