Cornwall RLFC


Cornwall RLFC Sign Christian Bannister

December 24, 2023

New Cornwall signing Christian Bannister

Cornwall RLFC are delighted to announce the signing of Christian Bannister for the 2024 Betfred League 1 season.

The 19-year-old switches codes after previously being on the books of Championship rugby union side Coventry. 

Birmingham born, Bannister has also played for National League side Bournvillie in the 15-man code as either a second-row, or back-row forward.

“I have switched to rugby league because I think it suits my style of play,” Bannister told “It is also a case of trying something different for me personally and I had always wanted to give league ago, but it was a case of seeing where I went within rugby union first. 

“I have finally taken a step back from union, to push myself into playing rugby league and having a real crack with Cornwall. I have some high hopes and aspirations for the 2024 season to regularly make the squad to play in League 1. Because I have been in and around a decent standard of rugby union, I hope I can help keep driving forward the very high standards that the team have worked towards in the previous two years.

Meanwhile, Cornwall RLFC head coach Mike Abbott, added: “Christian has come to us as someone with a good pedigree in rugby union.

“By his own admission, and it was clear once he had taken part in a couple of training sessions, that he has all the attributes to play rugby league.

“We are looking forward to seeing how he progresses during pre-season and then pushes to be regularly involved with the squad in 2024.”