George Skivington’s Gloucester have bolstered their ranks ahead of the start of the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership later this month by bringing in two players from Cornish Pirates on short-term deals – full-back Kyle Moyle and 124kg prop Jay Tyack, who goes by the nickname ‘Beefcake’.

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Skivington’s side open their new top-flight campaign at Leicester on November 21 and with no definite start date yet set in stone for the financially threatened Championship, Gloucester dipped into the second tier to temporarily bring in some fresh faces.

A statement from Gloucester announcing the signings of Moyle and Tyack read: “Kyle Moyle, 27, is a product of Penzance and Newlyn’s youth section, playing with the likes of Luke Cowan-Dickie and Jack Nowell during his development. Moyle has been in a mainstay in the Pirates side since making his debut in 2012.

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“Impressing mainly from full-back, Moyle is also more than capable on the wing too, playing over 130 games for the Pirates. His scintillating running earned him a spot in the Championship Dream Team.

“Jay Tyack, 24, a loosehead prop by trade, is highly regarded by the Pirates. His career began with Truro, with Jay going on to represent Cornwall, and England at age-grade level. 

“Tyack has also aided his development with a period in National One with Birmingham Moseley, as well as playing in New Zealand in 2015. Both Jay and Kyle have joined up with the squad with immediate effect.

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With Skivington taking over in June after being an assistant at London Irish, Gloucester finished the restarted 2019/20 campaign in seventh position after winning four of their nine delayed matches, the last win coming in unusual circumstances as Northampton conceded a walkover due to coronavirus contact protocols following their game with covid-hit Sale.

Seventh was high enough to secure for Champions Cup qualification and Gloucester will play Ulster and Lyon in Pool B of the revamped 24-team tournament over the winter.

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