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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 cornwallrlfc.co.uk. “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.”