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Nimmo's pride as old clubs lock horns

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

Ian Nimmo.

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FORMER Pirates lock Ian Nimmo admits that he will have divided loyalties this weekend when his old side travel to Mayfield on Saturday to face another of his former clubs, Dundee High, in the British & Irish Cup, writes Dick Straughan.

The 27-year-old (pictured) joined Newport Gwent Dragons in the summer after a successful spell with the Pirates and has already forged a solid reputation at Rodney Parade.

Nimmo will be on Amlin Cup duty this weekend for the Dragons against French side Bayonne but said: "Both of these clubs represent changes and great opportunities in my life and rugby career. On this occasion I haven't a clue which team to support, but I look forward to an excellent, exciting game and a great rugby occasion in Dundee."

He added: "My time with the Pirates led to me playing in the Championship against some of the country's best teams and players. I learnt a great deal from the excellent coaches and players at Dundee High School and the Cornish Pirates.

"I think it's remarkable that these two teams so close to my heart are to play each other in the British & Irish Cup. I truly wish that I could be on the pitch at Mayfield on the big day.

"For fans of good rugby I hope you see the battle of two great props – Alan Paver, the wise old head in the Pirates front row, versus Dundee High captain Neil Dymock – that will be great to see."

Nimmo moved to Scotland from Essex in his teens, being introduced to rugby at Dundee High and going on to earn age-grade representative honours for Scotland.

He added: "I can safely say that I wouldn't be where I am now without the help and mentoring I received at school in Dundee."

THE Pirates Colts beat their Camborne counterparts 12-10 in an entertaining game played in a good spirit and in front of a large crowd at the Mennaye.

After the Pirates scored first, thanks to a fine try from Jack Lonsdale and a conversion by his midfield partner Stefan Osborne, Camborne then hit back with a penalty which made the half-time score 7-3.

The Pirates extended their lead after the break with an unconverted try, and once again Camborne responded, this time scoring a converted try that made it very close.

Having made a number of changes due to injuries, in a game where lock Tom Berryman was man of the match, the Pirates did well to hold on for victory.

Pirates Colts: B Jeffries, S Sullivan, J Lonsdale, S Osborne, N Walsh, S Coogan, P Nicholas, D Ross-Nicholl, B Reed, T Lambourn, S Vernon, T Berryman, S Skinner, L McFadden, C Drew. Replacements: L McFadden, T Gillo, D Skinner, T Maddern, R Poynter, D Courtney, J Hole.

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