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Cornwall Under 20s to face Hampshire

 

 

RFU UNDER 20 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

 The Jason Leonard Cup.

Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2019 moves to the second pool game in the Jason Leonard Cup. Cornwall will play Hampshire at a new venue of Havant RFC on the 3G pitch with a 1330 kick off time on Sunday February 24.

CRFU President Peter James said “This is the first away game for the squad this season and follows on from their win against Devon in the opening round of the competition. Hampshire always provide strong opposition and I am sure this match will be no different”

The game kicks off at 1330 at Havant RFC after concerns from the hosts about the original venue of Overton RFC. Hampshire’s first pool game was delayed a week due to the weather.  

 

Coach Rich Kevern said – “The guys got off to a winning start against Devon, but this will be a different test away from home and playing on an artificial surface. We have kept a pretty settled side with only a couple of changes due to availability of players and, tactically. Harry Lightfoot starts at 6 and our captain Torin is back fit and fills the number 8 shirt. Another starter from last year James Tucker comes onto the bench along with Cain Worley and Luke Barnes who are covering the front row and youngster Charlie Levick gets a start on the wing”

Cornwall Captain Torin Clarke said; - “It is great to back in the shirt and honoured to be captaining the side again after the first game. We had a hard fought game against Devon that went down to the wire. I was immensely proud of the guys who stuck to the game plan right up to the final minute, which saw us come through with a victory.”

The final pool game will again be hosted by St Austell RFC on Sunday 17 March where the opponents will be Gloucestershire.

 

The Cornwall U20 team manager Colin Hatch said; -”At the last home game 13 new ties were presented to guys on playing their first match for the Cornwall U20. In addition Reuben Edwards, Dan Goldsmith, Jake Penprase, Connor Gilbert and Harry Lightfoot were awarded the first ever CRFU U20 caps for making 7 Championship appearances. This is a fantastic achievement for the guys and shows their commitment to the U20 team over 2 and in Reuben’s case 3 seasons. ”

There will be marketing and sponsorship opportunities with the Under 20’s team and matches, any individuals or companies that may be interested are asked to contact Colin Hatch in the first instance. 

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Bill Hooper

Cornwall RFU Assistant Hon Sec

21/02/19

 


Hampshire U 20 v Cornwall U20

Sunday 24 February @ Havant RFC 1330 kick off

Cornwall Squad 

1

Jack Hodge (Vice Captain)

Redruth 

2

Rory Mead

Bude

3

Chae Jenkins

Launceston

4

Dan Goldsmith

Launceston

5

Mawgan Osborne

P&N Colts

6

Harry Lightfoot

Launceston

7

Aden Brassington

St Ives

8

Torin Clarke (Captain)

Launceston

9

Owen Davey

Truro

10

Will Trewin

Cardiff Met

11

Charlie Levick

Penryn Colts

12

Connor Gilbert

Redruth

13

Jake Penprase

Bath Uni

14

Reuben Edwards

Launceston

15

Aaron Simmonds

Redruth

16

Luke Barnes

Redruth

17

Cain Worley

N/A

18

Eddy Hall

Pirates Amateurs

19

Noah Stanier-Smith

Camborne

20

Jamie Murray

Redruth

21

Alistair Harding

Falmouth

22

James Tucker

Redruth

 

Travelling reserves

23

Alex Bartlett

Launceston

24

Olly Matthews

Wadebridge Camels

25

Adam Long

Camborne

26

Ben Plummer

St Austell

Coaches - Josh Lord + Rich Kevern

Medical cover – Sam West + Lauren Albury

Kit - Paul Hurrell (Head) +Colin Hatch

 

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Cornwall battle hard to beat Devon

 

 

 JASON LEONARD CUP U.20S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

CORNWALL 29 – 20 DEVON                                                           

By Bill Hooper at Tregorrick Park

With the final play of the game centre Jake Penprase, surged towards the try-line from a horde of players, to dot down a bonus point try confirming an opening day win for Cornwall in this season’s Championship.

Cornwall deserved the win in a pulsating game that flew by and was credit to rugby at this level.

Cornwall head coach Josh Lord was delighted with side’s start to the Championship. He said. “I am delighted we got the bonus point win against a very good Devon side who will cause the other side’s in the group plenty of problems. I thought our game management was top draw; we made some good choices for a young side.

“We want to play heads up rugby and back the player with the ball, at times we played some excellent rugby, however as ever there will things to look at before the next game away to Hampshire.”

The young black and golds made a great start with a try after just four minutes, strong running from skipper Jack Hodge, who had a huge game leading the side by example, and good hands from full-back Aaron Simmonds put flying winger Reuben Edwards in at the corner, Simmonds landing a touchline conversion to the roar of the crowd.

Simmonds was again on the money moments later with a penalty kick to put Cornwall 10-0 up.

Falmouth’s Alistair Harding looked threatening with ball on the wing as did club mate Stan Somers in the back row. 

Devon were give a life-line when Cornwall looked to run the ball from their own line, the Cornish player was tackled and lost possession enabling Devon to work the short side for wing Nick Headley to score an unconverted try.

Devon edged a little closer when skipper Sam Brown knocked over a penalty.

Cornwall’s scrum-half Owen Davey had a tidy game as did No.8 Jamie Eddy, whilst the mid-field combination of Gilbert and Penprase looked threatening when they had the ball. 

It was a titanic struggle at the breakdown and at time tempers flared but Cornwall’s nerves were soothed when Simmonds went over in the corner following a fine mid-field break from centre Connor Gilbert.

Simmonds missed the conversion as he did a penalty chance shortly after to leave Cornwall 15-8 up at half-time.

Devon began the second half strongly aided by a yellow card to Cornish lock Noah Stanier-Smith.

Further pressure saw Devon’s flanker Nathan Davies go over, with Brown adding the conversion to tie the scores 15-all.

Cornwall needed a score and it came from Somers following good forward play, with Simmonds obliging with the conversion.

Devon wouldn’t lie down and they scored a third try when prop Callum Davies was driven over, crucially the conversion hit the post and stayed out.

Cornwall’s win was secured with the final play when Penprase dived through from a powerful maul with Simmonds adding another conversion.

The final whistle was greeted enthusiastically by the sizeable crowd in the grandstand.    

Backs coach Richie Kevern was equally pleased with the result. “The whole side played really well, I was particularly impressed with Owen Davey at scrum-half he controlled the game and I thought Jamie Eddy at No.8 had a strong game. The boys all stuck to the game plan and got their reward at the end with the bonus point try which could be vital.”  

Huge credit must go to the trio from Redruth Hodge, Gilbert and Simmonds who only got home in the early hours of Sunday morning have played for Redruth at Canterbury the previous day.

Cornwall: 15 Aaron Simmonds (Redruth), 14 Reuben Edwards (Launceston), 13 Jake Penprase (Bath Uni), 12 Connor Gilbert (Redruth), 11 Alistair Harding (Falmouth), 10 Will Trewin (Cardiff Met), 9 Owen Davey (Truro); 1 Jack Hodge (Redruth) (Capt), 2 Rory Mead (Bude), 3 Chae Jenkins, 4 Dan Goldsmith (both Launceston), 4 Noah Stanier-Smith (Camborne), 5 Stan Somers (Falmouth), 7 Aden Brassington (St. Ives), 8 Jamie Eddy (Pirates Amatuers) Reps 16. Harry Lightfoot (Launceston), 17 Mawgan Osborne (Pz & N Colts), 18. Eddy Hall (Pirates Amateurs), 19. Alex Bartlett (Launceston),  20 Jamie Murray (Redruth), 21 Adam Long (Camborne), 22 Ben Plummer (St Austell).

Cornwall scores: Tries, Edwards, Simmonds, Somers, Penprase, Cons, Simmonds 3, Pen, Simmonds.

Referee: Joe Binfield (Gloucs)

 
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Winning start for Cornwall U.20s

Cornwall U.20s 29 - 20 Devon U.20s

Cornwall claimed a bonus point win in their opening Jason Leonard Cup Pool Match against Devon on Sunday.

Tries for Cornwall were scored by Reuben Edwards, Aaron Simmonds, Stan Somers and Jake Penprase with Simmonds kicking 3 conversions and a penalty.

Commiserations to a valiant Devon side who played some good rugby of their own in an entertaining game.

 

Full report to follow.

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Cornwall name side to face Devon

 

 
 

CORNWALL RFU UNDER 20 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

 

The Jason Leonard Cup

 

Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2019 gets underway with their first fixture in the Jason Leonard Cup. Cornwall host neighbours Devon in the first pool game of this season on Sunday February 3 at St Austell RFC with a 1330 kick off time.

 

CRFU President Peter James said, “It is great to get this year’s campaign off with a home tie against our neighbours Devon, who won promotion to the Jason Leonard Cup last season. We thank all our sponsors and St Austell RFC for their support in hosting this group of players in this important game representing Cornwall”

 

The game kicks off at 1330 at Tregorrick Park, home of St Austell RFC with entry of £5, including a programme, for adults and Under 16’s gaining free entry.

 

Coach Josh Lord said –“This will be a good test for this new set of young players and the experienced guys remaining from last season. Although we have had 2 warm up games we are in a different ball game now that the Championship is underway”

 

 Cornwall Captain Jack Hodge said; - “It is an honour to be asked to captain the side for this first game against Devon. I know the guys are up for a tough game as always but have trained well in preparation for the game”

 

Cornwall‘s second pool game will be away to Hampshire at Overton RFC with a 1300 kick off on Sunday February 24. The final pool game will again be hosted by St Austell RFC on Sunday 17 March where the opponents will be Gloucestershire.

 

The CRFU Representative Rugby Chair, Chris Lea said; -”The vagaries of U20 rugby mean we can lose up to 50% of our squad every year through age qualification. There are a number of these guys who will be around for the next 2 seasons and we are always on the lookout at new talent who can come into the squad and join them over the coming seasons”

 

There will be marketing and sponsorship opportunities with the Under 20’s team and matches; any individuals or companies that may be interested are asked to contact Colin Hatch in the first instance. 

 

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Cornwall U20 v Devon U20

 

Sunday 3 February @ St Austell RFC 1330 kick off

 

Cornwall Squad

 

1

Jack Hodge ( Captain)

Redruth 

2

Rory Mead

Bude

3

Chae Jenkins

Launceston

4

Dan Goldsmith

Launceston

5

Stan Somers

Falmouth

6

Will Gibson

Cardiff Met

7

Aden Brassington

St Ives

8

Jamie Eddy

Pirates Amateurs

9

Owen Davey

Truro

10

Will Trewin

Cardiff Met

11

Reuben Edwards

Launceston

12

Connor Gilbert

Redruth

13

Jake Penprase

Bath Uni

14

Alistair Harding

Falmouth

15

Aaron Simmonds

Redruth

16

Harry Lightfoot

Launceston

17

Mawgan Osborne

P&N Colts

18

Noah Stanier-Smith

Camborne

19

Alex Bartlett

Launceston

20

Jamie Murray

Redruth

21

Adam Long

Camborne

22

Ben Plummer

St Austell

 

Travelling reserves

23

Eddy Hall

Pirates Amateurs

24

Olly Matthews

Wadebridge Camels

25

Cain Worley

Liskeard & Looe

26

Joe Vanstone

Launceston

27

Kyle Bradley

Penryn

28

Lawrence Armstrong

Launceston

 

 Coaches - Josh Lord + Rich Kevern

 

Medical cover – Dr John Garman, Sam West + Graham Ashton

 

Kit - Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch

 

 

 
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Coaches pleased ahead of Devon clash

 

 

CORNWALL UNDER 20S

Cornwall U.20s put in an encouraging performance in their final warm-up game ahead of this season’s Jason Leonard Cup campaign.

Under the Hayle floodlights coaches Josh Lord and Richie Kevern gave all their extended squad a good run out as the youngsters defeated a willing RNAS Culdrose XV by 47-5.

After the game both coaches gave their thoughts ahead of their final training session at Truro College, this Sunday, before sitting down to pick the squad to face Devon in their opening championship game at St. Austell RFC on Sunday 3rd February, kick-off 1:30 pm. “The result didn’t really matter tonight, began Lord, these games are about individual performances and putting tactics in place and as we showed tonight if you get that right then you’ll get the result you want.

“A lot of the boys really stood out tonight and put their hat in the ring for selection for the Devon game and I think we have the makings of a very fine squad heading into the championship.

Lord is delighted to be faced with some tough choices selecting his squad. “It’s the sort of dilemma you are happy to have, Richie and I will sit down and go through squad to make sure we pick the best side we can for the opening game.

Richie Kevern was equally pleased with what he saw on the pitch during the evening. “From the backs point of view I was very pleased, we had some new faces in again tonight and they looked very exciting going forward, it was good to watch and big improvement from the last game against the Fire Brigade.

Kevern was alos pleased with his side’s defence. “They certainly tackled their hearts out and did well to restrict the Navy boys to just one score.

Kevern couldn’t conceal his pleasure at his side’s willingness to attack and make great use of the ball. “We showed so much intent out there and our continuation was top-draw, some of the tries were really well finished off.

“The boys are chomping at the bit to get stuck into Devon, but as I told them championship games are another level in intensity and they are going to have be at the top of their game to get that vital first win.”       

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Cornwall U20 v Yorkshire U20

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE JASON LEONARD U20 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

SUNDAY 6th MAY 2018

TWICKENHAM STADIUM

K.O. 5.00 p.m.

On Sunday 29th April Cornwall’s young guns prepared well for their final at Twickenham. In the bright sunshine Josh Lord and Matt Shepherd ensured that the players take their chance to shine when they run out at HQ.

Head scratcher of the morning for CRFU committee and back room staff was:


“Who were the U20 coaches for last visit to Twickenham final in 2001/2002?”

Cornwall will certainly not be underestimating the task they face as their opponents, Yorkshire have reached the final fourteen times since 2000, winning the competition ten times.

Watch all the finals live from 11am here

The team selected for the final is:

1

Jack Hodge

Redruth RFC

2

Harry Lightfoot

Launceston RFC

3

Ollie Andrews

Falmouth RFC

4

Dan Goldsmith

Launceston RFC

5

Dan Reed

Wadebridge Camels RFC

6

Will Gibson

Cardiff Met

7

Quinn Cross

Wadebridge Camels RFC

8

Torin Clarke (Captain)

Launceston RFC

9

Noah Nash

Brixham RFC

10

James Tucker

Redruth RFC

11

Dan Hubble

Falmouth RFC

12

Declan Matthews

Camborne RFC

13

Jake Penprase

Bath Uni

14

Shae Cornish

PZ & N Colts

15

Ethan Tyler

Penryn RFC

16

Luke Barnes

Camborne RFC

17

Chea Jenkins

Launceston RFC

18

Rikki Bentham

Launceston RFC

19

Brandon Rowley

Launceston RFC

20

Connor Gilbert

Redruth RFC

21

Callum Boyce

St Austell RFC

22

Reuben Edwards

Launceston RFC

 

Travelling reserves

23

Tom Osborne

Swansea Uni

24

Kyle Gratrix

Penryn RFC

25

Aden Brassington

Redruth RFC

26

Seb Firth

Falmouth RFC

27

Jake Carr

St Austell RFC

Coaches - Matt Shepherd, Josh Lord

Medical cover – Dr John Garman, Emma Eddy, Miles Corbett

Kit - Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch

 

Watch all the finals live from 11am here

 
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Sides Announced for U20 Semi-Final Clash

Declan Matthews returns at inside centre (Photo courtesy of Simon Bryant – Iktisphoto).

The Cornwall team shows a few changes from the quarter-final win against Kent. In the front row Redruth’s Jack Hodge starts, whilst Dan Reed comes into the second row to partner Dan Goldsmith. Ollie Andrews moves to No.8 with skipper Torin Clarke switching to blindside in place of Camborne’s Tian Clark. In the backs Noah Nash starts at scrum-half with James Tucker remaining at fly-half after a good showing in the previous round. The powerful Declan Matthews returns at inside centre in place of Jake Penprase who returns to the wing whilst Dan Hubble reverts to the bench. On the bench Aden Brassington returns as does Luke Barnes and Tom Osborne.

Both sides are sure to be up for this game with a Twickenham appearance on 6th May the prize.

The Cornish boys will be hoping for a big crowd at Camborne on Sunday. Be there and cheer the boys on as they give their all to reach the Final.

The full line-up:

Cornwall U20 v Cheshire U20

Sunday April 15 at Camborne RFC 1300 kick off

Cornwall Squad 

1

Rikki Bentham

Launceston RFC

2

Harry Lightfoot

Launceston RFC

3

Jack Hodge

Redruth RFC

4

Dan Goldsmith

Launceston RFC

5

Dan Reed

Wadebridge Camels RFC

6

Torin Clarke (Captain)

Launceston RFC

7

Will Gibson

Cardiff Met

8

Ollie Andrews

Falmouth RFC

9

Noah Nash

Brixham RFC

10

James Tucker

Redruth RFC

11

Jake Penprase

Bath Uni

12

Declan Matthews

Camborne RFC

13

Connor Gilbert

Redruth RFC

14

Shae Cornish

PZ & N Colts

15

Ethan Tyler

Penryn RFC

16

Quinn Cross

Wadebridge Camels RFC

17

Chea Jenkins

Launceston RFC

18

Luke Barnes

Camborne RFC

19

Aden Brassington

Redruth RFC

20

Dan Hubble

Falmouth RFC

21

Callum Boyce

St Austell RFC

22

Tom Osborne

Swansea Uni

 

Travelling reserves

23

Brandon Rowley

Launceston RFC

24

Kyle Gratrix

Penryn RFC

25

Seb Firth

Falmouth RFC

26

Jake Carr

St Austell RFC

27

Leion Cole

Launceston RFC

Coaches - Matt Shepherd, Josh Lord

Medical cover – Dr John Garner, Emma Eddy, Sam West, Miles Corbett

Kit - Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch

 

CHESHIRE U20

Number

Name

Club

1.

J. Percival

Morley

2.

S. Ridgeway

Macclesfield

3.

M. Hand

Lymm

4.

T. Phillips

Macclesfield

5.

P. Weller

Caldy

6.

S. Nield

Alt Kersal

7.

L. Eldridge

Chester

8.

D. Frey

Manchester Met

9.

J. Smethurst

Caldy

10.

J. Morris

Chester

11.

H. Richardson

Stoke

12.

J. Marston

Chester Uni

13.

L. Titherington

Birkenhead Park

14.

H. Blackwell      capt

Macclesfield

15.

D. Morley

Chester Uni

 

Substitutes to be selected from:

  1. W. Hirstwood Stockport
  2. J. Evans Wilmslow
  3. L. Cox Trafford MV
  4. H. Lewis Manchester
  5. M. Peakman Macclesfield
  6. R. Canhom Trafford MV
  7. W. Titherington Birkenhead Park
  8. H. Dokter Sandbach
  9. J. Mckercher Sale FC
  10. J. Sanders Caldy
  11. K. Vezanous Macclesfield

 

Head Coach   T.Banks   Asst coach N.Rushton   Physio  V.Ainsworth

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