Peter Joyce ready to take his Cornish Pirates chance

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport

New Cornish Pirates signing Peter Joyce says he is adapting well to life as a full-time professional rugby player.

The 26-year-old after working for the company that tarmacs Cornwall's roads.

"It's something to get your head around," Joyce told BBC Sport.

"But I'd far sooner come here and train and work hard than do the grind in a normal job," added the prop, who had been at Redruth since he was 11.

And Joyce feels his experience at Redruth, where he made his debut as a 19-year-old back in 2005, will stand him in good stead as he steps up to the Championship.

He said: "I managed to get a lot of game time, a lot of young players now spend a lot of time training and don't get a lot of game time.

"So in that respect it's given me a different approach to coming here, but it's given me a good one and perhaps a better chance of doing well here."

While Joyce was the first choice at Redruth for much of his time at the Rec, he started 25 of Redruth's 30 games last season, he says he is relishing the competition for places at the Mennaye.

"It's got to be good for me," added Joyce.

"It's been a good few years since I've been challenged like that and I can already feel that competition building within me.

"Even though it's early days I can feel that competition and I expect the other guys feel the same, it's only natural really."