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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

 

 

 
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Under 20s Back In Training

The Cornwall Under 20 Squad have started training for the Jason Leonard Under 20 County Championship. Get a sneaky look behind the scenes by clicking on the link:

https://youtu.be/AhSMnbP9Oio

After warm-up games against Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service at Hayle on Wednesday 10th January 2018 and Devon at Plymouth Albion on Sunday 28th January 2018 Cornwall will contest Pool Four of Division One with Dorset & Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Hampshire. The fixtures are:

Sunday 11th February 2018 – Gloucestershire v Cornwall

Sunday 25th February 2018 – Cornwall v Hampshire

Sunday 18th March 2018 – Dorset & Wilts v Cornwall

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Jason Leonard Under 20 County Championship Fixtures 2017/18

 

Cornwall will contest Pool Four of Division One with Dorset & Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Hampshire in the Jason Leonard Under 20 County Championship. The fixtures are:

Sunday 11th February 2018 – Gloucestershire v Cornwall

Sunday 25th February 2018 – Cornwall v Hampshire

Sunday 18th March 2018 – Dorset & Wilts v Cornwall

The winner of the pool will be at home to the runner-up of Pool Three (Eastern Counties, Hertfordshire, Kent or Surrey) and the runner-up of the pool will be away to the winner of Pool Three in the Quarter-Final to be played on Sunday 1st April 2018.

The loser of the pool will be relegated to Division Two.

There will be an open draw for the Semi-Finals to be played on Sunday 15th April 2018 with the RFU yet to confirm the date of the Final.

Please click on the link below for the full draw.  

 
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Tony Robinson and Fraser Honey Selected for England Counties U20

Following the recent South West and subsequent England trials two Cornish players have been selected to start in the game v Nottingham on Tuesday 9th May before the final 23 travel to Holland for a tour.

Fraser Honey (pictured) Fly Half for Cornwall U20 and Launceston is joined by Toby Robinson Cornwall U20 and St Austell in the starting 15.

CRFU President Peter James said “It is great to see both Fraser and Toby being selected for the England counties U20. It is a great honour for the 2 players but also a reflection on Cornwall. This is the start of their senior playing careers and having played for Cornwall U20 this season now to be playing as a part of an England team is massive for both of them”

England selectors have selected a 22 and 3 travelling reserves to play Nottingham Academy next Tuesday after which 23 players will be selected for the tour of Holland.

Cornwall U20 Team Manager Chris Lea said “This is a fantastic honour for the guys but also acts as encouragement for others to come and be part of the county set up. It is additional commitment from your club rugby but you might get the chance to pull on an England shirt”

The England Counties team is selected from players who have play in this season’s competition for their counties. Following the pool stages, players are selected for south west trials and from that a south west team is selected. The regional team’s meet at a central location over a weekend and from these trials the final England Counties U20 team is selected.

Cornwall U20 coach Mike Rawlings said “I am delighted to see Fraser and Toby selected for the England Counties team. They were both a valuable part of our squad this season and this selection reflects on the whole squad and Cornwall set up”

Hugo Culverhouse Wadebridge Camels, Noah Nash Brixham and Declan Matthews Redruth were also a part of the south west team but on this occasion were not selected.

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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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