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Cornwall Open Campaign With Victory

Cornwall's U18 squad travelled to the home of Hornets RFC in Weston-super-Mare this Sunday to open their U18 England Counties U18 campaign.

They faced a relative stranger at this age group in Oxfordshire, to my memory not a county Cornwall have ever played in this age group, or certainly not for a long time.

Playing on the recently laid artificial pitch at Hornets RFC, both sides were hoping for a quick flowing game and Cornwall seemed to start the stronger. With early pressure by the Cornwall pack leading to a try by U17 player Charlie Short from 3m out.  At the request of the selectors there was to be no conversions taken during the campaign so as much game time could be played ( Cornwall 5 - 0 Oxfordshire)

Oxfordshire then began to bring some of their big forwards into the game with some very strong running close to the breakdown, Oxfordshire looked intent on trying to bludgeon their way through the Cornish defence but the "black & gold" held firm and managed to relieve the pressure through tenacity and commitment.

The game ebbed and flowed through the first half with both sides having good spells in their opponents "22" but Cornwall were unable to convert their territorial advantage into points.  Had this been any other game either side may have been able to convert a number of penalties into points but, again at the request of the selectors, there were no kicks for goal from penalties allowed.

Oxfordshire were next to cross the line with more powerful running from their pack "sucking in" the Cornish defence which allowed the Oxfordshire back line to get to the outside of the Cornish line.  Some weak tackling allowed the Oxfordshire winger to run in from 25m (Cornwall 5 - 5 Oxfordshire)

The first half came to an end 2 minutes early when a head injury to the Oxfordshire tighthead stopped the game. Quick reactions from from a Cornwall player made sure the injured player was immediately protected and the referee stopped the game. The Oxfordshire and Cornwall physio's attended to the player until an ambulance arrived.  The second half was delayed around 45 mins while treatment was carried out and the player was removed from the field.

We have since found out that the player was taken to hospital for full checks but was released late last night with no serious injuries.  Heavily concussed and will be out of the game until the New Year, everyone at Cornwall RFU U18 wishes him a quick recovery. 

When the second half finally got back under way it was again Cornwall that began the stronger, this time however Cornwall were able to convert some of the pressure they were applying.  With gaps beginning to appear around the park, Cornwall's more free flowing style began to pay dividends and players were seeming to make meters at will, but again the final decision or execution of the final pass weren't always good enough.  However Cornwall managed to score a further three tries to take the score to 25-10.

With a number of changes to the Cornwall side, both personnel and positional, Cornwall lost a little structure late in the second half, and the last 10 mins seemed to be facing a strong last push from Oxfordshire.  This continual pressure, linked in with team changes and fatigue, led to a number of penalties against the "black & gold" and had this been any other fixture could probably have seen a yellow card.

Oxfordshire finished the game with two late tries to bring the scoreline closer but the final whistle came in time and the victory was theirs (Cornwall 25 - 20 Oxfordshire)

Good to have the victory but Cornwall were disappointed that they didn't convert all the pressure they had in to points, the coaching team will be looking for a more clinical performance when the face Somerset in two weeks time at the same venue.

 
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U18s Take First Step To The Red Rose

This Sunday (3rd Dec) sees this seasons Cornwall U18 squad open their 2017 England Counties campaign when they face Oxfordshire at Weston Hornets RFC.

This is Cornwall's opening fixture in the 2017 England Counties SW Division Championship with their other fixture to be played on 16th Dec against Somerset.

Over the two fixtures the Cornish players will be assessed by SW Division U18 & England Counties U18 coaches. Hopefully then they will be selected to be part of the 37 man squad that will attend the SW Division Final Assessment Day (FAD) at Hartbury College in Gloucestershire.

If successful there, the players will then become part of the 23-25 man SW Division squad that will compete in the England Counties U18 Divisional Day, with the ultimate goal of pulling on the red rose shirt and represent England Counties U18 for the 2018 season.

The Cornwall squad will be competing against players from Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Devon, Dorset & Wilts, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Somerset.

Cornwall have already played Devon this season in a warm-up fixture where they took the spoils in a strongly contested game in Plymouth where the "black & gold" came away 17-19 victors.

 

Squad to face Oxfordshire this Sunday

 

  • D.Bristow          St Austell RFC
  • C.Looker           Camborne RFC
  • C.Short             Launceston RFC
  • C.Baker            Launceston RFC
  • R.Mead             Bude RFC
  • B.Bromfield       Newquay RFC
  • M.Osborne        Penzance & Newlyn RFC
  • S.Matthews       Hartbury College
  • L.Cole               Launceston RFC
  • P.Parry             Perranporth RFC
  • A.Jacobs           Launceston RFC
  • R.Freeth           Camborne RFC
  • M.Austin           Truro School
  • D.Tyrell            St Austell RFC
  • A.Simmonds     Newquay RFC (Capt)
  • C.Standen        Truro School
  • F.Nottle            St Austell
  • A.Relton           Penzance & Newlyn RFC
  • J.Smith            Liskeard-Looe RFC
  • J.Mares            Newquay RFC
  • J.Vanstone       Launceston RFC
  • S.Cornish         Penzance & Newlyn RFC
  • L.Couch            Launceston RFC
  • R.Colrein          Liskeard-Looe RFC
 
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Devon U18s 17 v Cornwall U18s 19

Well done to the boys who beat Devon at Keyham on Sunday 29th October.

This Sunday (29th Oct) sees Cornwall U18 Group face the local rivals Devon at Keyham 3G (Plymouth) in a warm up fixture for this seasons U18 Championship. KO 2:00pm

Having lost to a strong and well organised Exeter Chiefs Outreach XV last week at Polson Bridge, the Cornwall coaching team will be looking for the players to start this game just like they finished the last.  This is the final match before the squad get ready for their two fixtures in the 2017 England Counties (SW) U18 Championship in December.

This season sees Cornwall face Oxfordshire (3rd Dec) and Somerset (16th Dec) with both games being played on the new 3G pitch at Weston Hornets RFC in front of SW Division and England Counties selectors.

Cornwall will be hoping to improve on last year where they had 6 players selected from the two fixtures to attend the SW Division Final Assessment Day (FAD) at Hartbury College with 3 players selected to represent the SW Division in the National Divisional Tournament and St Ives 2nd Row Jake Clemson going on to represent England Counties U18 against Ireland.

 

Squad For Sunday Against Devon (Keyham 3G, KO 2:00pm)

 

  • Charlie Short               (Launceston RFC)
  • Daryl Bristow               (St Austell RFC)
  • Joshua Barbery            (St Austell RFC)
  • Jack Maclean-Brown     (St Agnes RFC)
  • Rory Mead                   (Bude RFC) 
  • Callum Looker             (Camborne RFC)
  • Billy Bromfield             (Newquay RFC)
  • Sam Matthews             (Hartbury College)
  • Mawgan Osborne         (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Thomas Walters           (Liskeard-Looe RFC)
  • Patrick Parry               (Perranporth RFC)
  • Aiden Jacob                 (Launceston RFC)
  • Robert Freeth              (Camborne RFC)
  • Michael Austin              (Truro School)
  • Dan Tyrell                   (St Austell RFC)
  • Aaron Simmonds         (Newquay RFC)
  • Ashley Gilder               (St Austell RFC)
  • Fraser Nottle                (St Austell RFC)
  • Jordan Smith               (Liskeard-Looe RFC)
  • Josh Mares                  (Newquay RFC)
  • Arthur Relton               (Penazance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Joe Vanstone               (Launceston RFC)
  • Luke Couch                  (Launceston RFC)
  • Shea Cornish               (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Rhys Colrein                (Liskeard-Looe RFC)

 

 
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Youth Rugby Summer Camps

Summer is here (despite the weather) and several Cornish rugby clubs are holding events for youngsters to enjoy an opportunity to learn about and develop their skills in our great game.

Events we have been made aware of are at:

 

·        Cornish Pirates (at Truro and Penzance) - http://www.cornish-pirates.com/community/summer_camps.html

 

·        Launceston RFC - http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/launcestonrugbyclub/news/rugby-4-all-summer-camp-at-launceston-rugby-club-1882454.html

 

·        Redruth RFC - http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/redruth/news/redruth-chiefs-camps-1891420.html

 

·        St Austell RFC - http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/staustell/news/youth-rugby-summer-camps-1891384.html

 

For details check out the individual club’s website by copying and pasting the address into your browser.

Happy rugby days for all! Enjoy!

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Cornwall Developing Player Programme

Follow the links below for this year’s DPP Handbook and application forms for the Cornwall Developing Player Programme.

Due to a DPP review by the RFU there have been some changes highlighted below:

Girls DPP:

We are in the process of finalising the girls DPP programme and will send out application forms to start following the Girls County programme.

U12's:

There are no longer any sessions for the U12's as part of the DPP programme.

U13's:

The programme for this age group does not start until February 2018 so I will be uploading application forms in the new year for the U13's.

U14's & U15's:

The programme for these age groups runs through the season as per last year and remains at a cost of £40. Please download and return the forms to myself before the beginning of September.

U16's:

The programme for the U16's is now running in the first half of the season to allow for the County match programme and appropriate time for GCSE preparations post- Christmas. Please download and return the forms to Rich Siveter before the beginning of September.

If you have any questions regarding the programme please contact Rich Siveter on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Forms and payment are to be returned to:

Rich Siveter.

Penwith College,

Porthcurno Building,

St. Clare Street,

Penzance,

Cornwall,

TR18 2SA.

 
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2017-18 Cornwall U18 Squad Named

The Cornwall U18 squad for the upcoming 2017/18 season has been released.  The squad will begin working together in Aug in preparation for the fixture schedule which begins in Sept against Plymouth College 1st XV.  The squad will play fixtures against Truro School 1st XV, Exeter Chiefs Outreach XV, Devon U18 and will culminate in two fixtures in the England Counties (SW Division) U18 Championship where they will play Oxfordshire on Sun 3rd Dec and Somerset on Sat 16th Dec.

Cornwall RFU U18 Squad 2017-18

  • Callum Looker          (Camborne RFC)
  • Daryl Bristow            (St Austell RFC)
  • Charlie Short             (Launceston RFC)
  • Rory Mead                 (Bude RFC)
  • Olly Pugh                   (Truro RFC)
  • Chae Jenkins             (Launceston RFC)
  • Joshua Barbery         (St Austell RFC)
  • Billy Bromfield          (Newquay RFC)
  • Leion Cole                 (Launceston RFC)
  • Sam Matthews          (Hartbury College)
  • Thomas Walters        (Liskeard RFC)
  • Patrick Parry              (Redruth RFC)
  • Mawgan Osborne       (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Robert Freeth            (Camborne RFC)
  • Michael Austin           (Truro School)
  • Dan Tyrell                  (St Austell RFC)
  • Aaron Simmonds      (Newquay RFC)
  • Charlie Standen        (Truro RFC)
  • Josh Mares                 (Newquay RFC)
  • Jordan Smith             (Liskeard RFC)
  • Arthur Relton             (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Fraser Nottle              (St Austell RFC)
  • Joe Vanstone             (Launceston RFC)
  • Luke Couch                (Launceston RFC)
  • Shea Cornish             (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Rhys Colrein              (Liskeard RFC)

Congratulations to all the players who have been selected but the U18 Group management team would like to thank all players, parents and clubs who have supported the the U17 & U18 programme over the past season and the attitude and commitment from everyone has been fantastic....here's to a successful season!!

 
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Safeguarding Courses UPDATED

The following Safeguarding Courses have been arranged. Please contact Ann Demaine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

 

Play It Safe

Liskeard Looe RFC – new date to be confirmed

 

Play It Safe

Perranporth RFC - date to be confirmed

 

In Touch

St Austell RFC – Wednesday 22nd March 2017

 

Play It Safe

Camborne RFC – Wednesday 29th March 2017

 

Play It Safe

Penryn RFC – Thursday 30th March 2017

 

Play It Safe

Penzance & Newlyn RFC – date to be confirmed

 

CSO Conference

Venue and Date to be confirmed

 
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ADDITIONAL ASSISTANT SAFEGUARDING MANAGER NEEDED FOR CRFU

 

For the last 3 years we have had only 2 assistant safeguarding managers to assist the safeguarding manager with the increasing number of safeguarding issues within the CB. We would like to attract 1 or 2 additional volunteers, with a safeguarding background, who would be willing to assist in this important task. 

If you are interested - or know someone who might be suitable and interested - please contact Ann Demaine:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Attached is a job and person specification for the role as outlined by the RFU.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 
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U12 Cornwall Developing Player Programme

 

Tuesday 14th February 2017

U12's Cornwall DPP Session

10am to 12pm

Truro College

 

The cost of the session is £10 and you can book a place by completing and returning the attached application form along with your cheque/PO for £10 payable to CRFU. Please can you return your forms and payment before Friday 3rd February.

 

Many Thanks,

Rich Siveter.

 
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U17 Season Under Way

The Cornwall U17 Group season is now under way for 2016-17.  The U17 Group follows a different format than other age grades as the focus is on a larger squad, giving more players the opportunity to pull on a Cornwall shirt.  The process began early 2016 when the U16 "Open Access" sessions were held at Newquay and Wadebridge RFC.  These sessions saw over 130 boys attend and culminated in the traditional fixture of a Potential Cornwall U17 XV against the U16 County Cup winners at Bodmin RFC.  This year saw the Cornwall side face Truro U16 in a very competitive game, with the Cornwall XV coming out on top.

From the original 130+ players the U17 squad is cut down to approx 65 players who are all invited to attend the U17 squad day at Bodmin RFC in November.  As this is the age group where players leave school and enter colleges there is a huge amount of disruption in the squad selection as many players develop over the summer period, some leave rugby all together, some move clubs or even change position therefore the squad day is a way of seeing where everyone is and what they are doing.

The U17 Group play a number of fixtures over Dec, Jan and Feb and every player in the squad is given at least one game in a Cornwall shirt, this allows the coaching team the opportunity to see how players perform against a higher standard of opposition than many will have faced at this time.

This season the fixtures are

U17 v Truro School 1st XV                                      Sun 11th Dec @ Truro School

U17 v Dorset & Wilts and Somerset (3-way fixture)   Sun 18th Dec @ Newquay RFC

U17 v Plymouth College 1st XV                                Sun 15th Jan @ Marjon, Plymouth

U17 v Dorset & Wilts and Somerset (3-way fixture)   Sun 29th Jan @ Dorchester RFC

U17 v Dorset & Wilts and Somerset (3-way fixture)   Sun 12th Feb @ TBC

 

At the end of the U17 season the coaching team select the U18 squad for the following season from the players that have played for the U17.  The reason behind this is that the U18 season begins early in the autumn and there is not the time to go through another selection process.  However due to recent changes to the structured Constituent Body (CB) signed off by the RFU this may change as the U17 & U18 seasons will be different in the future.

 

Any questions about CRFU U17 or U18 Group please contact me on 07800880381 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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