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U18 CRFU Girls Head to Centre of Excellence

We are pleased to announce that Chelsi Mitchell (Penryn), Mia Abbott-Smith (Penryn), Nadine Vincent (Liskeard), Leona Hughes (Liskeard), Megan Shroff (Liskeard) and Lizzie Langton (Devonport Services) are heading to the home of Bristol Premiership Ladies Bristol to take part in their Centre of Excellence programme.

This replaces the divisional system and will see these young ladies receive a whole range of coaching delivery from ball handling right through to nutrition and recovery guidance.

If they excel then selection into RFU academies may be a possibility.

The CRFU Women and Girls section, along with everyone at the CRFU wish them the very best of luck.

 

Under 16s 'A' Win But 'B' Go Down to Somerset

Cornwall u16s played their final home games of the representative season at Callywith College. With Exeter Chief Academy selectors present the players knew that their performance individually and as a team would be recognised in games against strong academy teams and players from Somerset.

CHRIS LEA REPORTS:

The Cornwall A team started well against the Somerset East team and soon got the scoreboard moving with an early penalty by Ethan Morgan. Then on twenty minutes Tyler Dower, having a strong game at 8, blasted over to score the first try and that was quickly followed by a determined drive by second row Cam Bishop to sore the second try.

Within ten minutes back row Ben Grubb scored the third try to take the game away from Somerset. Ethan Morgan added all three conversions and demonstrated his game management with a good range of tactical kicking.

With Somerset adding a penalty of their own the half time score of 22-3 to Cornwall giving the hosts a healthy lead which they maintained with excellent defensive play.

Jack Mills at 7 again caught the eye making many turnovers and strong tackling.

The second half was 10 minutes old before centre Charlie Levick outpaced the visitors defence to score by the posts before Somerset scored their only try which was converted. Ethan Morgan added a try from a quickly tapped penalty and the final try was then added by replacement Ben Durrant who took his chance well. All 3 second half tries were converted by Morgan.

The 41-10 final score showed the huge improvement the squad had made since their last representative game.


Sadly the Cornwall B team were outplayed by a very strong Somerset West team who scored 14 tries. The Somerset team showed pace, off-loading and ball retention of the highest order for the whole game and were relentless in their support play.

Cornwall stuck to the task and scored a try in each half. Andre Green showed good pace down the wing in the first half and prop Xavier Jenkins powered over in the second half.

It was a tough rugby lesson for the Cornwall players but hopefully they will get their chance to bounce back.

Overall the event was a good advert for Cornish rugby with all the players awarded their U16 ties. The standard of play demonstrated in both games was excellent and the referees allowed the players to make the most of the afternoon.

Before the end of March the U16s will play against the U17s team so that the boys can make the transition from Junior rugby in to Colts. There is also the prospect of playing Dorset and Wilts if a suitable date and venue can be arranged amongst all the club cup games that have been rescheduled this winter.

Gloucestershire U20s 15 v Cornwall U20s 24

 

Cornwall u20s overcame a very good Gloucestershire team at a very chilly Cinderford on Sunday 11th February to get the 2018 campaign in The Jason Leonard Under 20 County Championship. The boys are pictured celebrating their win courtesy of Simon Bryant (Iktis Photos).

Cornwall secured a four try bonus point with Kyle Gatrix (Penryn) scoring 2 tries and Noah Nash and Jake Penprase scoring 1 try each.


Kyle Gatrix got Cornwall underway with an early driven maul for Gloucestershire to get back on terms. The home team added a penalty on 20 minutes to make the score 8-5 to Gloucester before Cornwall scrum half Noah Nash exploited a gap and nipped over to regain the lead for Rueben Edwards to add the extras. On half time Tian Clarke scored a well worked try for Edwards to take a 19-8 lead.


The second half was a very well contested game. A tribute to u20 rugby and in particular the Cornish defence. Relentless attacking play led to Gloucester winger adding a try to make it 19-15 Cornwall. The enthusiastic crowd had to wait until the 75th minute for Cornwall to seal the game following good control in the Gloucester 22. Kyle Gatrix went over for the all-important score to set up a final 24-15 score-line.


With the final whistle the Cornwall boys could celebrate a well-deserved victory knowing that there is still work to be done before Hampshire at St Austell on 25th February.

The Cornwall team is selected from players who have a birthday after 31 August 1998, were born or reside in Cornwall, or are registered as a player with a Cornish club. 

The squad of over 50 players have been training since the start of the year and are coached by Matt Shepherd and Josh Lord both of whom have played senior rugby for Cornwall and are RFU qualified coaches. The squad consists of 18, 19 and 20 year old players and forms part of the CRFU’s progression and development of young players.

The gates open at St Austell on the 25 February at 1200. Entry will cost £5 including a match programme with accompanied U16’s having free entry. Please come along and support the young “Black and Golds” in the potential pool decider.

Gloucestershire U20 v Cornwall U20

Sunday 11February @ Cinderford RFC

Cornwall Squad 

1

Rikki Bentham

Launceston RFC

2

Luke Barnes

Camborne RFC

3

Kyle Gatrix

Penryn RFC

4

Dan Goldsmith

Launceston RFC

5

Jack Osborne

Not affiliated

6

Tiaan Clark

Camborne RFC

7

Will Gibson

Cardiff Uni

8

Torin Clark (Captain)

Launceston RFC

9

Noah Nash

Brixham RFC

10

Reuben Edwards

Launceston RFC

11

Matt Blee

Exeter Uni

12

Connor Gilbert

Redruth RFC

13

Jake Penprase

Not affiliated

14

Dan Hubble

Falmouth RFC

15

Callum Boyce

St Austell RFC

16

Harry Lightfoot

Launceston RFC

17

Chae Jenkins

Launceston RFC

18

Jack Hodge

Redruth RFC

19

Dan Reed

Wadebridge Camels RFC

20

Declan Matthews

Camborne RFC

21

Liam Jolly

St Ives RFC

22

Jake Carr

St Austell RFC

 

Travelling reserves

23

Rory Cinnamond

Launceston RFC

24

Brandon Rowley

Launceston RFC

25

Ethan Tyler

Penryn RFC

26

Seb Firth

Falmouth RFC

 

Coaches - Matt Shepherd, Josh Lord

Medical cover - Lauren Albury, Sam West

Kit - Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch

 

 

 

Coach Education - Positional Skills Clinics

Monday 26th February

You are invited to attend an evening with the Exeter Chiefs & Cornish Pirates players who will be leading positional skills clinics to our U14 & U15 DPP group. They will be looking at a variety of practices and technical input to benefit your players. The evening is open to all coaches so please confirm your attendance by emailing Rich Siveter on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 23rd February.

Monday 26th Feb

Truro College Astro Pitch

6pm meet & register

Approx. 8pm finish

 

Unique Design Warm Up Shirts Available

The CRFU and O’Neills are delighted to announce that the new “warm-up” t-shirts are now available to purchase from the on-line shop. They are an exciting, eye-catching design - be one of the first to get one!

Follow the link:

https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/rugby/rugby-union/cornwall-rfu.html

for details of this, the replica playing shirt, t-shirts, polos, hoodies and much more.

The players have started their preparations for the 2018 campaign – wear your colours with pride to support them.

Dame Margaret Fry DBE

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The CRFU is saddened by the news that Dame Margaret Fry, widow of the late John Fry former CRFU and Launceston RFC, passed away earlier this week.

John was CRFU President when Cornwall triumphed at Twickenham in 1999 against Gloucestershire to lift the County title for the third time.

She was educated at Tavistock Grammar School and while at school played hockey for Devon.

Dame Margaret has had a long-term connection with the South West and has been involved in the work of various campaign and charity groups in the South West Peninsula and was an Honorary Doctor of Health.

She is also a former member of the South West Regional Health Authority, former chairman of the Southwest College of Nursing, and chairman of Torridge and South West Devon College of Health.

Our thoughts are with friends and family.

Cornwall Under 16s Beaten by Devon

Cornwall u16s travelled to Kelly College in Tavistock to play the latest round of representative games and on a bright sunny day in superb surroundings lost both games.


Eli Williams was the only try scorer for Cornwall A who went on to lose 46-5 to a superior Devon side. This was a disappointing follow-up to the Bristol games and there will be further opportunities for captain Charlie Levick and the players to show their coaches just what they are capable of against better opposition at this level of rugby.


Kristian Davies and Sam Smaridge scored second half tries for the Cornwall B team and it was the determination in defence of captain Jack Mills and his committed team mates that ensured that the Devon team were kept to a 29-10 scoreline.


Cornwall u16s are in action against Somerset on Sunday 18th February following training sessions when they will reset the focus and improve on performances when their individual skills and team work will be further tested.