Penzance RFC was formed in 1876 and Newlyn was formed in around 1894. Penzance played at the St Clare ground on the northern approach to the town, while Newlyn's pitch was at St Goulder, overlooking Newlyn Coombe. Relationships between the two clubs were hardly ever amicable and between 1929 and 1932, fixtures between the two were called off by the police in the interest of public order!
However things began to mellow during the late 1930's, assisted by the temporary suspension of sporting activities during World War II.
By 1944, there was a strong desire to merge on both sides, as a result on 22nd September 1945, a new club - Penzance & Newlyn RFC - played its first match against Guy's Hospital on the Mennaye Field.
The Mennaye Field is the perfect site in tribal terms, so symbolically equidistant from St Goulder and St Clare. The field itself is leased from Penwith District Council, but the club owns the freehold of its superb, nationally famous clubhouse, Westholme.
The Cornish Pirates are a professional rugby union team who play in the Championship, the second level of the English rugby union pyramid.
Formerly known as Penzance & Newlyn Pirates, the Cornish Pirates play their home games and train at their traditional home at Mennaye Field in Penzance.
RFU Championship runners-up (2) - 2010/2011 2011/2012
National League Division Two winners (1) - 2002/2003
National League Division Three South winners (1) - 2001/2002
South West One winners (1) - 1998/1999
South Western League Division Two West winners (1) - 1996/1997
Cornwall & Devon League winners (1) - 1989/1990
British & Irish Cup winners (1) - 2009/2010
EDF Energy National Trophy winners (1) - 2006/2007
Cornwall Cup winners (3) - 1975/1976 1998/1999 1999/2000
Cornwall Cup runners-up (1) - 1974/1975
Best League Finish - 3rd RFU Championship, 2005/2006 2010/2011 2011/2012
British & Irish Cup Records
Record Home Attendance (The Recreation Ground, Camborne) - 4,240 Vs Munster 'A'
Record Home Attendance (The Mennaye Field, Penzance) - 2,259 Vs Cross Keys