Ealing Trailfinders RFC will hope former allegiances are a motivating factor when they face Cornish Pirates in their third Green King IPA Championship match on Saturday.
Forwards Matt Evans and Ryan Storer were both signed by the W13 club from their West Country opponents.
Number 8 Evans, who arrived in 2010, says he loved every minute of his six seasons with the south-west coast side.
“I met some amazing people whilst at the Pirates and played in great teams whilst there,” Evans said.
“The support is unrivalled in Cornwall. The Cornish community live and breathe their rugby.”
Evans won the EDF Cup with the Pirates in 2007 and again in 2009 and has since helped Ealing achieve two promotions from National Two South.
But heavy defeats to London Scottish and Rotherham Titans have left the club rooted to the bottom of the Championship.
By contrast, the Pirates's opening two games were both closely contested, a 23-21 win over pre-season favourites Bristol followed up with a 27-20 loss to Leeds Carnegie.
Storer, a prop who was signed in May, is expecting Saturday to be “a hell of a battle”.
He said: “For the first 20 minutes [against Rotherham] we showed we can be at this level, but we must be consistent in our performances.
“If you don’t make your tackles in this league, you find yourself under the posts as we did at the weekend.”
Saturday's game, which kicks off at 3pm is Trailfinders' first home game in the Championship.