Cornish Pirates’ new chairman hopes the rugby club will be competing in a new stadium by 2016. 

The venue, to be built in the city of Truro, would replace the club’s current home at the Mennaye Field in Penzance, which does not meet the minimum Premiership rugby criteria.

Ian Connell – who has taken charge of a new board of seven directors – said: “We’re encouraged that during the course of this year we’ll get the necessary approvals to start the build so we can play in the stadium by season 2016/17.

“Cornwall deserves a first-class community facility and we want to play in that. We know that it will be in Truro and it will be a good move for the Pirates being in the centre of the county.”

In 2012, Cornwall councillors rejected a £10 million bid for council funds to help pay for building costs, but developers Inox have now secured more land to build commercial projects and help fund the project. 

Posted on 01/07/2014