Alan Paver: Cornish Pirates coach pleased not to have to be playing

Alan Paver
Alan Paver's last game for Cornish Pirates came against London Welsh in April

Cornish Pirates joint-coach Alan Paver says he hopes he will not have to feature in the side any time soon.

The 39-year-old is still registered, but has not played since taking joint control of the side in the summer.

"Hopefully I won't have to play too many games as the guys are doing a super job," Paver told BBC Cornwall.

"Tyler Gendall and Jack Andrew have switched over to tighthead and doing a superb job there, so I want to get them as much game time as possible."

Paver is in his 14th season at the Pirates, having joined from Plymouth Albion in 2002, and has played more than 300 games for the club.

But any talk of retirement for the Yorkshireman - who had one Premiership appearance on loan at Exeter in 2011 - is premature.

He added: "Of course you'll see me, probably when it's really rainy or muddy.

"We've got four props fit at the moment, we've been lucky to have Ollie Dawe come to us from Bristol, but it's very hard to keep props fit, so you'll probably see me come Christmas."