Roger Watson

Roger Watson

‘Stack’ Stevens - Service of Thanksgiving

It has been confirmed that a ‘Service of Thanksgiving’ for Brian ‘Stack’ Stevens is to be held at:

St. Mary’s Church, Penzance

Friday 27th October

commencing 12 noon

Those attending the Service of Thanksgiving are afterwards invited to the Pirates ‘Westholme’ clubhouse.

Following a long illness Stack sadly passed away on Tuesday 10th October 2017.

A true legend in Cornish rugby Stack skippered Cornwall from 1973 to 1975 and played 83 times for the county. He was capped 25 times for England (captain in 1971) and was a 1971 British and Irish Lion when they toured New Zealand in 1971.

Our thoughts are with Stack’s nearest and dearest at this sad time.

Cornwall XV 1953/54


Another photo from the archive showing the team of sixty plus years ago. Note Harold Stevens (second from right, middle row) and Peter Michell (left, crouching).


Full sized, named, printable copy can be downloaded below.


Cornish Clubs Fixtures for Saturday 21st/Sunday 22nd October 2017

The Pirates will be looking to build on their opening success last week in Round Two of the British & Irish Cup.

In National Two South Redruth will hope to continue their run of home wins when they entertain familiar rivals Clifton. In the South West Premier Camborne are at home to Newbury Blues with whom they are level on points. Launceston should be favourites at home to Teignmouth in South West One West whilst London Cornish will be hoping to continue their winning streak at home to league leaders Medway in London One South.

In Tribute Western Counties West St Austell and St Ives both have home fixtures as they try to keep the pressure on the league pace-setters, Devonport Services.

The Tribute Cornwall & Devon league sees leaders Penryn host third placed Honiton and second placed Saltash at home to fourth placed Wellington. In the Tribute Cornwall League Liskeard-Looe travel to Camborne School of Mines as they try to maintain their lead at the top whilst fourth placed Bodmin host third placed Newquay Hornets in the pick of the round in that league.

Check the local press and club websites for kick-off times and with twenty games in the county this weekend (Truro and Bude are the only Cornish based clubs crossing the Tamar this weekend) there are plenty to choose from so get out there and support your club.

British & Irish Cup

Cornish Pirates                        v                  Ulster ‘A’       (Sunday 22nd)


National League Two South

Redruth                                    v                  Clifton         


South West Premier

Camborne                                v                  Newbury Blues       


Tribute South West One West

Launceston                              v                  Teignmouth           


London & South-East Division - Division One South

London Cornish                       v                   Medway                


Tribute Western Counties West

Falmouth                                 v                  Crediton

Sidmouth                                   v                Truro

St Austell                                v                  Burnham-on-Sea

St Ives                                     v                  Tiverton

Wadebridge Camels                v                 Chard


Tribute Cornwall & Devon

Lanner                                     v                  Withycombe

Penryn                                     v                  Honiton

Pirates Amateurs                    v                  Hayle

Plymouth Argaum                       v                Bude

Saltash                                    v                 Wellington


Tribute Cornwall League

Bodmin                                    v                  Newquay Hornets

Camborne School of Mines     v                 Liskeard-Looe

Camelford                               v                  Lankelly-Fowey

Helston                                    v                  Illogan Park

St Just                                     v                  Roseland

Stithians                                  v                  Redruth Albany                        

Veor                                        v                   Perranporth

(No fixture - St Agnes)

Navy Trio Answer the Call for ‘One and All’

The Cornwall Rugby Football Union is delighted to announce a new coaching team for Cornwall Ladies for the 2017/18 season. Pictured are Head Coach Martyn Ruskin (centre) with Assistant Coach Chat Harris and Team Manager Lorry Osman.

Under their guidance the hope is for Cornwall Ladies to participate in the 2018 Gill Burns County Championship.

Both Martyn and Chat have an impressive background in women’s rugby within Cornwall coaching and delivering strength and conditioning at Torpoint and more recently at Plymouth Albion. They have also been appointed head and assistant coaches for the Royal Navy Ladies team which will work hand in hand perfectly with their county roles.

Martyn said, “I am looking forward to the new challenges coaching the CRFU ladies squad and developing the ladies to effectively compete in the county competition towards the end of the season and move CRFU women’s rugby in the right direction."

Last but not least, Lorry Osman has taken the role of team manager. Already heavily involved with girls’ rugby within Cornwall she also has a wealth of experience within the women’s game both as a player and as Assistant Team Manager for the Royal Navy ladies’ team.

Another exciting development is that 17-year-old girls can play in the women’s game and the trio plan to aid this transition.

Launceston RFC will be the home of Cornwall ladies this season with training and the two home fixtures being played there. The CRFU would like to thank Liz Holden and the committee at Launceston RFC for hosting the ladies.

First on the agenda is a Ladies Development Day Saturday 18th November from 10.00 am. to 2.00 p.m. when all ladies who play in Cornwall or have dual registration due to university will be welcome.

Find us on Facebook at ‘Cornwall Senior Ladies Rugby 2017/18 or contact Lorry by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gill Burns (Division Two) Ladies County Championship Fixtures 2018

Sunday 29th April – Dorset & Wilts v Cornwall (away)

Sunday 6th May – Cornwall v Somerset at Launceston RFC

Sunday 13th May – Cornwall v Hertfordshire at Launceston RFC

Cornish Clubs Results for Saturday 14th October 2017

The Pirates open their British & Irish Cup campaign with a bonus point win against Hartpury College.

In National Two South The Reds go down to a late penalty in Canterbury and slip to sixth despite gaining a losing bonus point and in Western Counties West St Ives go one point off the lead, level on points with St Austell. In the Tribute Cornwall League Liskeard-Looe extend their lead at the top with a narrow win at home to Bodmin.

In the Tribute Cornwall Cup Falmouth, Hayle, Wadebridge Camels an St Austell join Launceston, Penryn, Saltash and St Ives in the Quarter-Final draw.

Clubs from Levels Six, Seven and Eight are involved in Round One of the Tribute Cornwall Cup although Launceston, Penryn, Saltash and St Ives have byes in the first round.

SUPPORT YOUR CLUB and enjoy your rugby!

British & Irish Cup

Hartpury College                        19 - 35                   Cornish Pirates


National League Two South

Canterbury                                 18 - 16                   Redruth


Tribute Western Counties West

St Ives                                     44 - 12                   Sidmouth


Tribute Cornwall Cup – Round One

Falmouth                                   46 - 12                   Bude

Hayle                                          HWO                     Pirates Amateurs

Lanner                                        AWO                     Wadebridge Camels

Truro                                         23 - 51                   St Austell

Launceston, Penryn, Saltash and St Ives - Byes


Tribute Cornwall League

Illogan Park                            94 - 12                   Camelford

Lankelly-Fowey                      12 - 45                   Camborne School of Mines

Liskeard-Looe                         24 - 23                   Bodmin

Newquay Hornets                  36 - 16                   Veor

Perranporth                            31 - 24                   Stithians

Redruth Albany                           A                        St Just

Roseland                                 12 - 24                   St Agnes

(Helston – no fixture)

Bill Beaumont County Championship 2018

Cornwall open the campaign at Redruth where they host Surrey on Saturday 5th May 2018. The following week will see the party move to Camborne where Devon will be the guests. On Saturday 19th May the boys will take on old rivals Hertfordshire at Bishop’s Stortford RFC.

Make a note in your diaries – make your travel arrangements – be sure to be there with your black & gold dusted off!


Saturday 5th May 2018

Cornwall v Surrey at Redruth


Saturday 12th May 2018

Cornwall v Devon at Camborne


Saturday 19th May 2018

Hertfordshire v Cornwall at Bishop’s Stortford


Click on the link below for the full fixture list.

Click on the link below for a full size, printable copy of the poster.