Wasps have signed their second Cornish Pirates player on a short-term deal within a week, scrum-half Alex Schwarz joining the Gallagher Premiership club just six days after they brought in loosehead prop Marlen Walker last week as cover.

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The 27-year-old joined Pirates in 2018 from RGC (Rygbi Gogledd Cymru) who compete in Wales Principality Premiership. With a couple of scrum-halves away on international duty and ruled out with injury, the ex-Wales U18 representative Schwarz will now provide much-needed cover at Wasps.

Schwarz has also played for Italian Top 12 side Rugby Colorno and represented Scarlets Premiership Select in the British and Irish Cup.

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Wasps boss Lee Blackett, who has seen his team beaten in their last two Premiership outings, said: “With Dan Robson and Will Porter unavailable to us, we needed to bring in some more cover at scrum-half. Alex is an experienced player who will add a lot to our young scrum-half group for the next month or so. We look forward to welcoming him to the club.

“We would like to say a big thank you to Alan Paver, Gavin Cattle and everyone at Cornish Pirates for them allowing us to take a number of their players on loan over the past few weeks. It’s obvious from how easily their loan players have adapted to our set-up that they are a very well-coached club.”

It was last Thursday when Wasps brought in Walker, another Pirates player, on loan for similar reasons, players being away on Test duty or else injured. A former New Zealand secondary schools representative prop, the 32-year-old Walker joined Pirates in 2015 and has made over 120 appearances.

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Born in Auckland, he was previously a member of the Auckland Blues and Western Force academies. Blackett added: “Marlen has been an impressive operator in the Championship for a number of seasons now.”

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