Senior Squad Profiles

Staff (2017-18)

Paul Thirlby
Joint Head Coach

After a successful playing career with Bath, Pirates and Redruth, Paul has taken up his first coaching position as player/coach with St Ives, his hometown.



In 2015-16 Paul led St Ives to promotion from the Cornwall & Devon League to The Western Counties West league. He is a player coach at present.

Joff Rowe
Director of Rugby

Joff is a very experienced and knowledgeable rugby man, with an excellent cv. After a successful playing career, including his hometown of St Ives, he took up coaching.

Placements include Exeter Academy and Brixham. This is his second appointment as Director of Rugby with The Hakes.

Jo moved to St Ives 9 years ago. Previously to this in her native Bristol she trained as a massage and sports therapist and worked alongside Bristol Rugby Club. However, after relocating, took a year to ‘find her feet’ in a

Rob Elloway
Joint Head Coach

Rob enjoyed a fine professional career. His clubs included Gloucester (30apps) and Pirates (229). Born in Germany to a German mother, he played international



rugby for Germany from 2008-10. He has been involved with coaching St Ives since 2012. He is currently a player coach.

Matt Chandler
Fixture Secretary

Among his varied roles at the club, Matt writes extensive reports for press and website on every 1st XV match.

Russell Baragwanath
Chartered Physiotherapist

Previously a player at St Ives, Russell owns St Ives Health & Physiotherapy. He was also a coach at Middlesex RFU, where he was the owner of

Ruislip Physiotherapy. Russell has another role as the club's CRFU representative.

Mark Eager
Assistant Physio

Mark is the current British Power Lifting Champion at deadlift and remains the British & World record holder at 315kgs.

He was previously physio at Camborne RFC. He is also part of the sponsorship team at the club.