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Congratulations and Good Luck to Cornwall’s U20 SW Trialists

Despite finishing third in their County Championship Group, NINE of Cornwall’s Under 20 squad have been invited to this Sunday’s (9th April) South West Trial at Keynsham RFC.

Everyone in Cornwall will be wishing them all the best in the selection process. Well done to all!

They are:

Cory Teague                      Second Row              Wadebridge Camels

Hugo Culverhouse            Second Row             Wadebridge Camels

Max Duggan                      No 8                          St Austell

Noah Nash                         Scrum Half               Brixham

Fraser Honey                     Fly Half                     Launceston

Tommy Sandercock          Centre                       Launceston

Declan Matthews              Centre                       Redruth

Cavan Boyer                      Wing                         St Austell

Toby Robinson                  Full Back                   St Austell 

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Seven Cornwall U20s Selected for South West Trial

During the recent U20 County Championships games throughout the South West (SW), selectors have been monitoring players to invite them to the SW trials which will be held at Keynsham RFC Bristol on Sunday 20 March.

The following have been invited to the trials to represent Cornwall.

Tommy Lee Southworth       Camborne and Cornish Pirates PDF

Adam Hughes                      Penryn

Dan Rutter                            Redruth

Jack Simmons                      Camborne

Ben Stean                            Camborne & Plymouth Albion

Tommy Phillips                     Redruth and Cornish Pirates PDF invited but unable to train  due to injury.

Locryn Williams                    Chinnor – Was selected but is unable to attend due to injury.

Following the trials regional games will be held where the England Counties U20 Squad will be selected. Last year both Todd Prisk and Tommy Phillips gained England Counties U20 Caps representing Cornwall.

 

The CRFU congratulate all of the players on their selection.

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Cornwall U20s Secure Place In Top Tier

Cornwall U20 44 - Devon 29

In a game that all the Cornish players and coaches knew would define not only this season but also next season’s standing in the Championship tier Cornwall came out with a six try to four win in the bright sunshine at Camborne RFC on Sunday 13 March.

With selection changes due to injuries both teams needed to make rearrangements and it was the depth of the Cornish squad that was to help determine the outcome. This bodes well for the next season as the younger members of the squad now know what is required at this level of the game.

Dan Rutter helped himself to a try hat trick as well as kicking four conversions and a penalty. He got the Cornwall side off to a good start with only four minutes on the clock. Rutter may well yet figure in the South West selectors minds when they meet. Other scores were accredited to James MacFarlane (2) and Adam Hughes. Hughes has had an excellent Championship at No. 8 and has shown great skill and determination and is another good prospect.

However, the whole squad contributed to a good result which looked comfortable at 29-0 after 21 minutes. A nasty injury to the very lively Locryn Williams seemed to halt Cornwall’s strong defensive play as well as a keen desire to keep the scoreboard moving. Devon finished the half with further tries by Bond and Bottoms so at half time Cornwall led by 32-19.

As the second half got underway there were further scores for Devon that brought the score back to 37-29 and it needed the touchdown by Hughes to settle the score but the whole squad had to dig deep to see out the last minutes and a 44-29 score line.

Coaches Brynn Jenkins, Mike Rawlings and Ian Morgan were clearly relieved that the Cornish boys had acquitted themselves well in the final pool game and that the result ensures another season in the top flight of U20 rugby. Thirteen of the squad will now return to compete at this level next season while Luke Hattam, Tommy Phillips, Jack Simmons and Tommy Lee Southworth and others will move out of the age group knowing that they have ensured Cornwall continues to develop quality players in this age group and into the senior game.

 
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Gloucestershire U20 36 – 14 Cornwall U20

On Sunday 28th February Cornwall travelled to Cinderford RFC in the Forest of Dean for their second championship game of the season.

Gloucestershire U20 36 – 14 Cornwall U20

Cornwall got off to a flying start with a try after 12 minutes when scrum half Dan Rutter dived over after some hard work by the forwards close to the Gloucestershire line. The try was converted by James MacFarlane.

Gloucestershire shaken by the early score came back into the game 4 minutes later with a driving maul and grounded the ball for an unconverted try.

Straight from the kick off Gloucestershire struck again when a missed tackle let them run through to score under the posts for a converted try. Cornwall had to endure the first of two yellow cards when prop forward Tommy Phillips was sent to the sin bin. Gloucestershire took advantage of the situation and from a scrum close to the Cornish line drove over for another converted try. The half ended for Cornwall when an attempted kick was charged down and slick hands saw the ball thrown wide for Reuben Goatley (Old Centralians) cross for the second of what was to be a hat trick of tries.

Half time Score Gloucestershire 24 – 7 Cornwall

The second half Cornwall had the wind behind them and a closer game ensued. In the 53 minute another missed tackle by Cornwall saw winger Reuben Goatley go over for his hat trick, but again the conversion was missed. Cornwall suffered their second yellow of the day when flanker Angus Brown was given 10 minutes in the sin bin Gloucestershire again took full advantage when they scored their final. The Cornwall guys never gave up, and a bit of individual magic saw Dan Rutter break the line, and twice chipped over the opposition catching the ball and scoring a consolation try which was converted to see the final score Gloucestershire 35 – 14 Cornwall.

Gloucestershire deserved their victory with a strong squad and well worked moves on the day. Gloucestershire and Berkshire progress through to the quarterfinals of the competition. Cornwall now have it all to do, with a winner take all battle against local rivals Devon on Sunday 13 March at Camborne RFC with a 1400 kick off.

Scorers:         Cornwall - Dan Rutter 2 Tries, James MacFarlane 2 conversions

                        Gloucestershire – Reuben Goatley 3 tries Julian Mogg 1 try, 2 Unkown

                                                        Wayne Mulhern 3 Conversions

 

 
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