Fly-half/centre Javier Rojas Alvarez is returning to the Cornish Pirates, having signed another one-year contract, with a view to extend.

Javier, 28, initially arrived in Cornwall last summer but then departed at the season’s end. He accumulated 121 points in league and cup matches across his 21 appearances.

Adel Gafaiti's late header sealed victory for Truro City against a determined Helston Athletic side.

Truro had more of the ball but their lower division opponents stood strong for the majority, with a goal in either half from Niall Thompson and Gafaiti completing an unbeaten pre-season for Paul Wotton's side.

Having impressed during pre-season with the Cornish Pirates, 21-year-old Suva Ma’asi has signed an apprentice contract with the club.

A son of former Pirates and Tonga hooker Viliami Ma’asi, Suva was capped by England at under-16 and under-17 levels and has in the past been a member of Northampton Saints under-18 academy, and Yorkshire Carnegie’s under-18 academy. More recently he has played senior rugby in the centre for Peterborough Lions.

Truro City have added Will Dean and Luke Jephcott to their ranks ahead of the new season.

Midfielder Dean has joined on a six-month loan from Exeter City, while striker Jephcott, who hails from Ponsanooth, has joined from Plymouth Argyle on a 28-day loan.

The Eden Motorhomes Div 2 T20 semi-final draw will be made later this week.

Mount Hawke, Hayle, Newquay and Truro will be the four teams in contention at this year's finals day, which takes place at Redruth CC on Sunday, August 25.

Former Cornwall under-20 player Tyler Gendall has been appointed forwards coach for the county team.

Tyler went on to play for the Cornish Pirates in the Championship before joining Bristol and then Harlequins in the Premiership, before returning to the Mennaye.

Tyler has now retired from professional rugby and has joined St Ives as forwards coach.

Former Redruth, Barnstaple and Launceston player Nelly Webber has joined Western Counties West side St Austell.

Redruth RFC begin their pre-season friendly programme at home to Penryn on Thursday (kick-off 7pm).

Saltash United and St Austell begin their FA Cup journey this weekend.

The Ashes host Clevedon Town while St Austell travel to Willand Rovers in the extra preliminary round.