Cornwall open the defence of the Bill Beaumont County Championship on Saturday 6th May at Richmond RFC against Surrey. This year’s skipper will be Jake Murphy (formerly of Launceston) who is currently plying his trade with Barnstaple. The full line-up is:
1. Tommy Phillips Redruth
2. Richard Brown Redruth
3. Craig Williams Redruth
4. Bryn Jenkins Barnstaple
5. Tony Whittle Camborne
6. Chris Fuca Redruth
7. George Jones Penryn
8. Barry-John Chapman Redruth
9. Jack Oulton Redruth
10. David Mankee Camborne
11. Robin Wedlake Plymouth Albion
12. Jake Murphy Barnstaple
13. Seti Raumakita Plymouth Albion
14. Lewis Vinnicombe Redruth
15. Joe Elderkin Redruth
17. Dominic Connor Brixham
18. Brad Howe Redruth
19. Andruis Zacharias Camborne
20. Grant Randlesome Penryn
21. Tom Notman Camborne
22. Jack Simmons Camborne
23 Sean Buzza Redruth
24 Declan Matthews Redruth
25 Richard Friend Launceston
Following the annual “Tamar Cup” game which saw Cornwall beat Devon 17 - 33 at Tiverton RFC, coaches and selectors met to pick a squad for the first game of this season’s competition. Cornwall selected almost 50 players to be part of the enlarged squad early in January, some players have left the squad due to injury whilst others have come into the squad due to their form at club level.
CRFU President Peter James said “The months of hard work and preparation are now coming to a head with this our first game of the season in the competition at Richmond RFC on Saturday 6 May. On behalf of the CRFU I would like to thank our sponsors St Austell Brewery, Kelsall Steele & Whirlwind Sports. Those thanks also go to Graham and all volunteers who have assisted with the preparation of the team and match day organisation”
Cornwall face 3 games in the opening group stages during May.
Cornwall coach Graham Dawe said – “The 2017 season is upon us and this first match has allowed us to consider players who were not available for the Tamar Cup squad. From our initial squad we have selected our 22; other players will be available and in contention for the next game. No one’s place is guaranteed, and competition for squad places is still very much available to all members of the enlarged squad”
Cornwall next face Devon at Ivybridge RFC on Saturday 13 May. The following week they host Hertfordshire at Camborne RFC on Saturday 20 May.
Cornwall Captain Jake Murphy said; - “Asked to captain Cornwall this season is a fantastic honour and I am really proud to be given the role. The enlarged squad has been together since February and we have become a tight knit bunch of guys from many different clubs. We hope our fantastic support led by Trelawny’s army and expats from around the country will come out in force at Richmond to lift the guys for this important first game”
Chair Denis Preece said: - “The first game is important to get the campaign off on a positive footing; Surrey v Cornwall games are always keenly fought affairs. I would like to say thank you to Graham, Marek, Rhodri, the selectors and our strength & conditioning coach Tristan Lark, for their efforts during the build up to this season’s campaign.”
IN SHORT – DUST OFF YOUR BLACK & GOLD REGALIA, MAKE YOUR WAY TO RICHMOND ON SATURDAY AND CHEER THE BOYS OVER THE LINE IN STEP ONE OF THE TITLE DEFENCE!