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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:

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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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RFU Safeguarding Communication

 

RFU Safeguarding Communication

For CSOs and Club Committee Members
December 2016

In order to continue to provide a safe and positive environment for children, all Club Safeguarding Officers and all Club Committee members must read and be familiar with Regulation 21 (Safeguarding) and the RFU Safeguarding Policy. Anyone involved in rugby union must report safeguarding concerns to the RFU Safeguarding Team.

The RFU’s Safeguarding Policy, Toolkit and RFU Regulation 21 set out our requirements and aims to assist clubs in ensuring that the welfare of children remains of paramount importance. We also offer clubs an effective safeguarding training programme for all members of the game. We would strongly recommend that anyone involved in rugby (specifically those involved in the under 18’s game) attend. You will find further information on our training on the England Rugby website.

We have previously communicated to the game our requirements in managing Safeguarding concerns/incidents and the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) applications. In order to ensure you are familiar with our requirements, please see the following information -

Safeguarding Children

The RFU believes that the wellbeing of children involved in rugby is of paramount importance and has the jurisdiction to deal with any allegation of abuse of a child, any breach of the Safeguarding Policy and/or any breach of Regulation 21.

Concerns must be dealt with in accordance with the RFU Policy and Regulations to assess the most appropriate manner of dealing with them.  Some incidents may need referral to Statutory Agencies, such as police or children’s services, while if the child is not in immediate danger the RFU Safeguarding Team will take action. However, even apparently low-level concerns may require the RFU to seek initial advice from Statutory Agencies.

It is essential to refer concerns to the RFU at the earliest opportunity to ensure that children are kept safe.  Concerns may then be delegated back to a club or CB to manage.

It is vitally important that no investigation is carried out by the club, other than gathering information prior to informing the RFU. This is so as not to jeopardise any police investigation or criminal proceedings and also to preserve evidence. This is especially relevant when dealing with cases involving inappropriate use of the internet and social media.

When referring matters to the RFU Safeguarding Team please use the incident report form which can be found on the RFU website under Governance and Safeguarding

Disclosure and Barring Service - DBS

 

The DBS process is a crucial part of an effective recruitment process. Any club operating rugby for those under the age of 18 is deemed a children’s service provider, which means that certain legislation and commitments must be adhered to.

RFU Regulation 21.2 describes the requirements of the RFU DBS process, further information is provided in the RFU Safeguarding Polucy of the requirements within a rugby setting.

One significant aspect of providing a children’s service is ensuring that a thorough recruitment process is followed, including interviewing potential volunteers, seeking references, checking qualifications are valid, on-going monitoring and carrying out DBS checks via the RFU. All DBS applications must be obtained through the RFU Safeguarding Department and DBS disclosures issued through other Registered Bodies are not accepted.

The DBS issue a certificate for ALL DBS applications - therefore, simply having a DBS certificate does not mean applicants have been approved by the RFU. The certificate is sent directly from the DBS to the applicant’s home address and the RFU does not receive a copy of the DBS disclosure. All applications and results are, however, actively monitored by the RFU Safeguarding Team.  Only when an individual appears on GMS with a “current” DBS status are they deemed “approved/cleared” to work unsupervised with U18s, so it is crucial that clubs monitor GMS, have an up-to-date Child Workforce list and manage those engaged in the youth game.

If a DBS returns containing information, the RFU will instigate the DBS Case Management Process and failure to comply with this process will result in the individual being removed from coaching U18s. On occasion, the RFU will contact a club requesting a reference for an individual. It is imperative that written communication is supplied upon request so that the RFU can carry out a thorough risk assessment when managing a DBS disclosure. Applicants (and clubs where necessary) will be informed of the outcome of the DBS Case Management Process in writing. Additionally the GMS site will be updated to reflect a Current or Rejected DBS status.

Only when a “current” status appears against an individual on GMS are they deemed “DBS cleared” by the RFU.

Within The Cornwall RFU

There is an experienced 3-strong Safeguarding Team comprising Safeguarding Manager and two Assistant Safeguarding Managers. They can be contacted at any time to assist CSOs and liaise directly with the RFU Safeguarding team. If you have any problems or queries please get in touch via the confidential email address, or by phone or message

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Ann Demaine - 07984 543986

Rob Harris - 07967 340963

Tom Tree - 07825 002426

 

 

 
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Cornish Players Make The Grade

Seven of this seasons Cornwall U18 group squad have been successful in taking the next step toward representing England Counties at U18 level.

The two weekends of the October half term saw all eight counties in the South West Division compete at Bristol Grammar School.  The aim of this contest is to select players to represent the South West in the divisional weekend against other divisions from around England.

The players have been selected from over 200 players who took part in the championship at Bristol. They will be part of a 37 man squad that will take part in a final assessment day which is held at Hartbury College in Gloucester on 15th January. 

If they are successful following the final assessment they will play against a Gloucester Rugby Academy side on 28th Jan and finally compete in the Divisional weekend on 24th & 25th Feb.

Players who compete in the divisional weekend are then selected to represent England Counties U18.

 

Congratulations to the players selected and we wish you all luck in the next stages.

 

Players selected in SW FAD Squad

Jake Clemson (St Ives RFC & Penwith College)

Keane Whitaker (St Austell RFC & Bodmin College)

Aaron Simmonds (Newquay RFC & Truro College)

Jack Old (Wadebridge Camels & Wadebridge 6th Form College)

Johnny Wood (Truro School)

Kyle Bradley (Helston RFC & Truro College)

Tom Hawken (Helston RFC & Helston Community College)

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