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WANTED - Cornwall U17 & U18 Group Team Manager

The CRFU is seeking a suitable person to act as Team Manager to the U17 & U18 Group. This a great opportunity for someone wishing to gain “hands on” experience with the organisational side of the game.

The post holder will, on behalf of the CRFU, be responsible for the arranging and efficient running of the Cornwall U18 & U17 Group Squads.

The Cornwall U18 Group season focuses on the England Counties U18 Championship (SW Division) with training, warm-up games and championship fixtures all geared toward providing the players with the best opportunity to progress along the RFU Aspirational Pathway, with the ultimate aim of representing England Counties at U18 level.

The full Terms of Reference for this voluntary role may be found by clicking on the link below.

Expressions of interest should, in the first instance, be e-mailed to Dave Saunter, Chair of the CRFU Youth & Education Committee, at:

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Simmonds To Face Ireland In Portsmouth

Cornwall U18 player Aaron Simmonds (Penryn RFC & Truro College) has been selected as part of the 23-man England Counties U18 squad who will face Ireland Clubs XV during two fixtures in April.

Aaron was one of four players who were selected to attend the South West U18 Divisional Final Assessment Day following two strong performances by Cornwall U18 in the South West U18 Championship.  The four travelled to Hartpury College for the finals assessment day where they joined players from the other seven counties that make up the England Counties South West Division (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset & Wilts, Gloucestershire,Oxfordshire, Somerset).  With Mares suffering a recurring hamstring injury early on in the assessment day he was unfortunately the one Cornwall player not to make the cut from 37 to 25.  

The 25-man South West U18 squad then faced a very strong Gloucester Rugby U17 Academy side.  This is a traditional fixture for the South West U18 and the time the premiership academy players seen together often shows in the result on the day, this season wasn't to be any different but the performance of the South West players after only a couple of training sessions was hugely promising. After the game the squad was to be cut from 25 to 23 and this would be the final squad to represent the South West in the National Divisional Weekend where they faced the Midland U18 & North U18.  Simmonds, Austin & Nottle all made the cut to make the final 23.

With the South West putting in two very strong performances over the weekend but ultimately losing in very close competition, it was always going to be difficult to have South West players make the 23-man squad that would represent England Counties U18 for 2018.

With Austin & Nottle failing to make the final 23, Simmonds is one of only four South West Players who will pull on the England shirt this year.

England Counties U18 will play a fixture against Ealing Trailfinders academy in a warm up for the two main fixtures where they will face a strong Ireland clubs XV on 4th & 7th April in Portsmouth.

This is the second years in succession where Cornwall U18 group have had representation in the England Counties U18 squad as Simmonds follows in the footsteps of St Ives RFC & Penwith College player Jake Clemson played for his country last season.

All involved in Cornwall U17 & U18 Group would like to congratulate Aaron on his inclusion in the squad and wish him all the best for the upcoming games

Below is the final 23-man England Counties U18 Squad

England Counties U18 squad

1 Edward ANDERSON, Durham, Yarm School & Yarm RFC
2 Theo BARKWAY HALL, Surrey, Epsom College & Weybridge Vandals RFC
3 Luke BOUCHIER, Hertfordshire, Oakland Academy & Chesham RFC
4 Harry CLAYTON, Leicestershire, Stamford School & Leicester Forest RFC
5 Zachary CLOW, Hampshire, St John’s College Southsea & Havant RFC
6 Edward Cox, Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire Stamford School
7 Harry CRAVEN, Cheshire, The Grange School & Chester
8 Evan DAVIES, Oxfordshire, Princes Risborough School & Chinnor RFC
9 Charlie FLECKNEY, East Midlands, Moulton College & Ampthill RFC
10 Joshua GOODWIN, Sussex, Seaford College & Chichester RFC
11 Aaron GRANDIDIER-NKANANG, Kent, St Olave’s Grammar School & Old Elthamians RFC
12 Matas JUREVICIUS, Kent, Hayes School & Saracens RFC
13 Cameron KING, Oxfordshire, St Edward’s School
14 Thomas KNIGHT-OWEN, Hampshire, Peter Symmonds College & Trojans RFC
15 Oliver MOODY, Hertfordshire, Haileybury College & Old Albanians RFC
16 William RIGG, Warwickshire, Solihull School
17 James SHERLOCK, Cheshire, Lymm High School & Lymm RFC
18 Aaron SIMMONDS, Cornwall, Truro College & Penryn RFC
19 Luke SPRING, Hampshire, Brockenhurst College & Bournemouth RFC
20 Isaac THOMPSON, Leicestershire, Oakham School & Melton Mowbray RFC
21 Austin WALLIS, Surrey, Reeds School & Reeds Weybridge RFC
22 Jamie WHITE, Worcestershire, Worcester 6th Form College & Worcester RFC
23 Matthew WILKINSON, Oxfordshire, Waddeson C of E School & Chinnor RFC

 
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SW U18 Squad To Face Midlands

Three Cornwall U18 players make the 23-man squad to face Midlands U18 at Stourbridge RFC on Friday 23rd Feb.

Mike Austin starts at 9 with Fraser Nottle on the left wing whilst Aaron Simmonds is on the bench.

Congratulations to all three.

 

 

Player

Club

School

County

Surname

First name

 

1

ADAM

WILLIS-BRADSHAW

Reading Abbey RFC

Wargrave Piggott

Berkshire

2

HENRY

ISHERWOOD

None

Abingdon School

Oxfordshire

3

BENJAMIN

GORDON

Banbury RFC

N/A

Oxfordshire

4

FREDDIE

HOLFORD

Witney RFC

Cokethorpe School

Oxfordshire

5

ZACHARY

BISHCOFF

N/A

Magdalen College

Oxfordshire

6

MATTHEW

WILKINSON (capt)

Chinnor RFC

Waddeson School

Oxfordshire

7

TODD

MUIL

Maidenhead RFC

Claires Court

Berkshire

8

CAMERON

KING

N/A

St Edwards School

Oxfordshire

9

MIKE

AUSTIN

Falmouth RFC

Truro School

Cornwall

10

JAMIE

MADDERN

Marlow RFC

Sir William Borlases GS

Buckinghamshire

11

FRASER

NOTTLE

St Austell RFC

N/A

Cornwall

12

HARRY

LIGHTFOOT (v/capt)

Minchinhampton RFC

Marling School

Gloucestershire

13

WILLIAM

MORRIS

Sherborne RFC

Sherborne Boys

Dorset & Wiltshire

14

CHARLIE

SCOTT

Maidenhead RFC

Henley College

Berkshire

15

EVAN

DAVIES

Chinnor RFC

Princes Risborough

Oxfordshire

16

TOBY

ROBOTTOM

Chipping Norton RFC

Chipping Norton

Oxfordshire

17

JAMES

JACKSON

Thornbury RFC

N/A

Gloucestershire

18

CAMERON

SADIQ

Marlow RFC

 

Buckinghamshire

19

LARRENCE

WORT

Bath RFC

King Edwards

Somerset

20

HARRISON

COLTON

Bournemouth RFC

Bournemouth Collegiate

Dorset & Wiltshire

21

MILES

PETERS

Maidenhead RFC

Hartpury College

Berkshire

22

ELLIOT

FRISBY

Maidenhead RFC

Shiplake College

Berkshire

23

AARON

SIMMONDS

Newquay RFC

Truro College

Cornwall

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Under 16s 'A' Win But 'B' Go Down to Somerset

Cornwall u16s played their final home games of the representative season at Callywith College. With Exeter Chief Academy selectors present the players knew that their performance individually and as a team would be recognised in games against strong academy teams and players from Somerset.

CHRIS LEA REPORTS:

The Cornwall A team started well against the Somerset East team and soon got the scoreboard moving with an early penalty by Ethan Morgan. Then on twenty minutes Tyler Dower, having a strong game at 8, blasted over to score the first try and that was quickly followed by a determined drive by second row Cam Bishop to sore the second try.

Within ten minutes back row Ben Grubb scored the third try to take the game away from Somerset. Ethan Morgan added all three conversions and demonstrated his game management with a good range of tactical kicking.

With Somerset adding a penalty of their own the half time score of 22-3 to Cornwall giving the hosts a healthy lead which they maintained with excellent defensive play.

Jack Mills at 7 again caught the eye making many turnovers and strong tackling.

The second half was 10 minutes old before centre Charlie Levick outpaced the visitors defence to score by the posts before Somerset scored their only try which was converted. Ethan Morgan added a try from a quickly tapped penalty and the final try was then added by replacement Ben Durrant who took his chance well. All 3 second half tries were converted by Morgan.

The 41-10 final score showed the huge improvement the squad had made since their last representative game.


Sadly the Cornwall B team were outplayed by a very strong Somerset West team who scored 14 tries. The Somerset team showed pace, off-loading and ball retention of the highest order for the whole game and were relentless in their support play.

Cornwall stuck to the task and scored a try in each half. Andre Green showed good pace down the wing in the first half and prop Xavier Jenkins powered over in the second half.

It was a tough rugby lesson for the Cornwall players but hopefully they will get their chance to bounce back.

Overall the event was a good advert for Cornish rugby with all the players awarded their U16 ties. The standard of play demonstrated in both games was excellent and the referees allowed the players to make the most of the afternoon.

Before the end of March the U16s will play against the U17s team so that the boys can make the transition from Junior rugby in to Colts. There is also the prospect of playing Dorset and Wilts if a suitable date and venue can be arranged amongst all the club cup games that have been rescheduled this winter.

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Coach Education - Positional Skills Clinics

Monday 26th February

You are invited to attend an evening with the Exeter Chiefs & Cornish Pirates players who will be leading positional skills clinics to our U14 & U15 DPP group. They will be looking at a variety of practices and technical input to benefit your players. The evening is open to all coaches so please confirm your attendance by emailing Rich Siveter on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 23rd February.

Monday 26th Feb

Truro College Astro Pitch

6pm meet & register

Approx. 8pm finish

 

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Cornwall U17 Get Underway

This Sunday (18th Feb) sees Cornwall U17 Group finally get their season underway in a three-way fixture against Dorset & Wilts and Somerset.

The U17 group run a slightly different format than the U18 schedule as the focus at this monitoring the development of players with the final aim of gaining selection to the U18 group for the following season and ultimately South West Divisonal representation.

The CRFU U17 & U18 Group management have seen a huge number of players with this process beginning back in Feb/Mar 2017.  The process involves players that are highlighted by their club coaches as potential Cornwall players, these players were invited to attend a number of open sessions where the Cornwall management, along with assistance from Cornish Pirates players, would select players they felt showed the attributes required.  These include not only basic skill levels but physicallity and more imporatantly an excellent attitude toward playing for Cornwall.

The U17 team also attended a number of U16 club games and the Cornwall U16 club cups finals day at Newquay where again there were in excess of 160 players on show.

The U16 players are then left through the summer and then contacted again by the U17 & U18 management in early Sept to see if they are still playing rugby, if so are they at the same club , same position etc.  There is a large number of "drop-outs" from the game in this transition from U16 to Colts rugby.

The U17 squad consists of approx 50+ players that will represent Cornwall U17 over 3 or 4 fixtures where the coaching team will be able to highlight those they consider potential U18 squad players.  The coaching staff will also attend the Colts finals day to see if there is anyone who may have "slipped through the net"

 

This weekend sees Cornwalls first inter-county game which is a three-way fixture against Dorset & Wilts and Somerset.  Cornwall will play a 40 min game against Dorset & Wilts, then a 40 min fixture against Somerset.  This format allows for expanded squads and more flexibility to see players in different positions.

There are two of these fixtures for the U17 with the first being held at Bournemouth RFC and the second being held at Burnham-on-Sea RFC.  Next season sees Cornwall hosting one of the rounds.

Squad for this Sunday's Fixture against D&W and Somerset

  • Charlie Short (Launceston RC)
  • Aaron Kessell (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Jamie Sherwood (Camborne RFC)
  • Robert Walsh (Saltash RFC)
  • Toby Haywood (Truro School)
  • Cain Worley (Liskeard-Looe RFC)
  • Mawgan Osborne (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Brad Pullen (St Austell RFC)
  • William Oatey (Saltash RFC)
  • Charlie Tummon (Launceston RC)
  • Alfie Burns (Truro School)
  • Matthew Simons (Hayle RFC)
  • Andrew Rowe (Saltash RFC)
  • Devon Bennet-Murray (Saltash RFC)
  • Roan Kitto (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Sam Thomas (Perranporth RFC)
  • Charlie Crichton (Launceston RC)
  • Danny Snook (Saltash RFC)
  • Kain Dockrey (St Austell RFC)
  • Lawrence Armstrong (Launceston RC)
  • Ollie Bebbington (Launceston RC)
  • Ethan Wildgoose (Perranporth RFC)
  • Ashley Gilder (St Austell RFC)
  • Adam Long (Camborne RFC)
  • Finn Turley (Launceston RC)

 

 
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Cornwall U18 Players Make Final South West Squad

Three players from this season's Cornwall U18 squad have made the final cut to be part of the 23-man South West Division U18 squad for 2018. The boys are part of a succesful Cornwall U18 squad that lost only one fixture this season which was against an Exeter Chiefs Outreach U19 squad.  At a county level they had victories against Devon, Oxfordshire and Somerset.

This year saw four Cornwall players selected to attend the South West Final Assessment Day (FAD) which was held at Hartpury College on 21st Jan.  The FAD saw 37 players selected from the eight counties that make up the England Counties SW Division (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset & Wilts, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Somerset).  The fourth player selected for the FAD was Josh Mares (Newquay RFC) who unfortunatley suffered a hamstring injury very early in the assessment day and didn't make the cut from 37 to 25.

The 25-man SW U18 squad then played a fixture against a strong well organised Gloucester Rugby U17 Academy.  The SW lost narrowly to the premiership academy side but it gave the divisional players an insight to the level required to play at this level.

The squad was then cut from 25 to 23 and this makes up the final squad that will represent the SW in the divisional weekend which is being held at Stourbridge over the weekend of 23rd - 25th Feb.  Here the players will be competeing against players from all over the country, with the ultimate aim of being selected to represent England Counties at U18 level.

The CRFU U17 & U18 group management hope to make it two years in succession that a player from the squad has pulled on a "red rose" shirt for their country after St Ives player Jake Clemson represented his country last season.

'All three boys played really well at the final selection day and represented the County with Pride' said Dave Saunter Chairman of Youth and Education for CRFU, adding ' the boys follow in a long line of successful players who have come through this system for Cornwall. Their school and club coaches should be very proud of their involvement in the boys’ development.'

 

At the time of writing Saunter was also really pleased to announce the Coaching team for the U17s/18's programme for the next 12 months. Paul Duval is remaining in place as Team Manager and the rest of the coaching team Head Coach Andy Hawkin, Forwards coach Mark Pullen and backs coach Phil Stansfield are all keen to continue.

 

‘This is great news for the county as the guys really know the system and how to prepare the players for this route.’

 

Finally, Keith Lean and Saunter will continue in their positions as South West Selectors.

From all involved in Cornish rugby, we wish the boys all the luck and would like to congratulate all four players who made it through to the FAD.

Left to Right: Aaron Simmonds, Michael Austin, Fraser Nottle

 
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Cornwall Under 16s Beaten by Devon

Cornwall u16s travelled to Kelly College in Tavistock to play the latest round of representative games and on a bright sunny day in superb surroundings lost both games.


Eli Williams was the only try scorer for Cornwall A who went on to lose 46-5 to a superior Devon side. This was a disappointing follow-up to the Bristol games and there will be further opportunities for captain Charlie Levick and the players to show their coaches just what they are capable of against better opposition at this level of rugby.


Kristian Davies and Sam Smaridge scored second half tries for the Cornwall B team and it was the determination in defence of captain Jack Mills and his committed team mates that ensured that the Devon team were kept to a 29-10 scoreline.


Cornwall u16s are in action against Somerset on Sunday 18th February following training sessions when they will reset the focus and improve on performances when their individual skills and team work will be further tested.

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Cornwall U16 'A' 34 v Bristol U16 'A' 26

In the bright sunshine but very chilly wind at Callywith College both of the Cornwall teams managed wins. Both games were very fast paced and the quality of skills on show were impressive and it was clear just what can be achieved by this age group due to the commitment and enthusiasm of players, coaches at clubs and schools and parent support.

The ‘A’ team game started well for Cornwall with back row Dixon completing a strong break to score out wide and Morgan added the extras for a 7-0 lead which was to be short lived. Bristol piled on the pressure with 4 tries and 4 conversions of their own showing considerable power up front and very quick strong running backs. Going into half time second row Grubb powered through for a try for Cornwall to bring the score to 12-26.

The chance to reset the team’s performance and plan for the second half proved crucial as Cornwall set about the second half and played with more composure, teamwork and control limiting Bristol to few attacking chances and pinned in their own 22 for long periods of the game. Half back Morgan used the wind and conditions well to set up attacking opportunities and tries were scored by Grubb, scrum half Durrant. A conversion and a penalty by Morgan took Cornwall into the lead for the first time at 27-26.

In the last minutes of the game, Dixon surged over for his second of the game. Morgan added the conversion and took the lead and final score to 34-26 to Cornwall

Peter Biernis and Glynn Barnicoat refereed the two games that were a credit to all concerned. Both Cornwall and Bristol can be pleased that their commitment to youth rugby produced two very well contested skilful games that allowed nearly 80 boys to win their representative ties at u16.

Cornwall u16 are next in action at Trowbridge on Sunday 21st January when they play Dorset and Wilts.

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