Pirates show their tackle for calendar – and we have six copies to give away
Heroes of Cornish rugby have teamed up with an organisation dedicated to preserving the region's mining heritage for a calendar shoot with a difference.
Cornish Pirates players, who visited several locations that form the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, demonstrated their skills beside dramatic post-industrial backdrops.
From Kit Hill and the Tamar Valley to underground workings at Poldark mine and cliff-top engine houses at St Agnes, the hookers and wingers, props and backs have been captured in a series of action shots by photographer Toby Lowe.
Charlie Gray, of the Cornish Mining WHS, said: "It has been a pleasure to collaborate with the Cornish Pirates to produce this one-of-a-kind calendar. We hope that by enjoying these beautiful images people will feel inspired to get out and explore the amazing Cornwall and West Devon landscape and discover more about how mining shaped the world we live in today."
Only 1,000 copies of the 2014 calendar have been printed, with proceeds going towards supporting the Cornish Pirates and Cornish Mining WHS. And rugby fans will have the opportunity to meet some of the players involved at a launch in Waterstones book shop in Truro on Saturday, November 9 between 11am and 1pm.
Pirates fitness coach, Simon Raynes, said: "For many of our fans, Cornwall and mining is part of their heritage so it was great for the boys to learn more about this and feel really connected with the different sites. They gained a real appreciation of the landscape.
"The images are really powerful and the calendar will make a perfect present for fans of rugby as well as fans of Cornwall."
To be in with a chance of winning one of six calendars signed by Cornish Pirates players, simply answer the following question: In which Cornish moorland village would you find Houseman's engine house, which is featured in the Pirates calendar?
Send your answer, along with your name, address and daytime telephone number, to: Cornish Pirates/Cornish Mining Calendar Competition, Living Cornwall, Western Morning News, Studio 5-11, Millbay Road, Plymouth PL1 3LF. Entries must be received by Monday, November 11. The first six correct entries drawn will win the prize.
Priced at £9.99, it is available from Waterstones in Truro, Cornish Pirates' outlets and at home games. For more information about the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site visit cornish-mining.org.uk