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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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Hampshire U20s 25 v Cornwall U20s 19

Despite a valiant fight back in the last ten minutes the young “Black & Golds” went down to a well organised Hampshire side who sealed the group with their third victory of the campaign. Gloucestershire’s victory over Berkshire meant the end of the road for this season’s campaign for Cornwall who finished third in the group.

Cornwall were well supported at Overton RFC who ply their trade in Hampshire II (Level 10 of the rugby pyramid). It was a strange setting for county rugby at the end of what appeared to be a lengthy farm track on a steeply sloping pitch. Apparently, Hampshire Under 20s love it there and they were certainly quickly out of the blocks looking well fired up for the encounter.

Playing up the hill with a strong breeze at their backs the hosts opened the scoring after five minutes with a forty-five-metre penalty from centre Matt Evenhand.  Ten minutes later left wing James Wise showed electrifying pace to exploit the space vacated whilst Cornish full back Toby Robinson was off the field for a head injury assessment. His touch down in the corner went unconverted.

With five minutes of the first period remaining the visitors set up a promising attack on the Hampshire line but the ball was turned over and kicked up field culminating in a try for full back Adam Musa. Evenhand added the extras to give Hampshire a 15 – 0 lead at the break. 

Despite having the advantage of the wind for the second half the steep slope appeared to give the visitors a mountain to climb both metaphorically and literally and despite a try-saving tackle by Robinson it seemed all over when Jerome Rudder and Cameron Smith combined for Smith to touch down for an unconverted try which extended the Hampshire lead to 20 – 0.

Cornwall dug deep with centre Declan Matthews carrying well and a period of sustained pressure saw the visitors open their account with a Jack Osborne try converted by Fraser Honey fifteen minutes into the second half.

The “Black & Golds” continued to press but ten minutes later Hampshire’s flying left wing, Wise, used his pace once again to cross in the corner for the home side’s bonus point try.

The final ten minutes saw the Cornish boys show real character as they stormed forward to set up a try for Cameron Sayer. Honey’s conversion attempt went wide but with the deficit reduced to thirteen points the visitors sensed that an upset was possible and threw everything at Hampshire. An excellent backs move led to a Robinson try converted by Honey.

With four minutes remaining and only one score separating the sides Cornwall kept the ball alive and pressed hard but the Hampshire defence held on to secure their quarter-final berth.

Cornwall:

T. Robinson (St Austell), E. Tyler (Truro), D. Matthews (Redruth), M. Blee (Camborne), C. Boyer (St Austell), F. Honey (Launceston), N. Nash (Brixham), J. Bishop (St Ives), L. Powell (Redruth), J. Hodge (Redruth), H. Culverhouse (Wadebridge), D. Reed (Wadebridge), H. Smith (Wadebridge), W. Gilder [Capt.] (St Austell), M. Duggan (St Austell).

Replacements: M. Healey (Penryn), A. Vincent (Lankelly-Fowey), J.  Osborne (Launceston), C. Sayer (Camborne), R. Edwards (Launceston), T. Sandercock (Launceston), H. Jones (Unattached).  

Coaches: Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins, Matt Shepherd

Team Manager: Chris Lea

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Cornwall U20s 9 v Gloucestershire U20s 18

The young Black & Golds were overpowered by a big, powerful visiting pack at a wet and windy Redruth on Sunday 26th February leaving them with a “must win” game against Hampshire at Overton RFC on Sunday 19th March (K.O. 1.00 p.m.).

Photo: Declan Matthews on the attack

We have video highlights here (courtesy of Kevin Bishop TV):

https://vimeo.com/206025719

and  TWO match reports from the pundits, Bill Hooper and Chris Jones (Undergraduate Journalism Student at Falmouth).

 

Our first report is by Bill Hooper at the Recreation Ground Redruth.

Cornwall have it all to do in three weeks time against Hampshire following defeat in their second pool game of this season’s Championship.

The conditions suited the big heavy Gloucestershire pack which they revelled in. Sadly Cornwall had no answer to the powerful visiting scrum, they were mercilessly penalised by the referee, with the penalty count against them well into double figures, and more, by the end. It was a salutary lesson for the lads.

Naturally it was a result and performance that disappointed Cornwall coach Mike Rawlings. He said. “We were never going to win that game without any scrum or set-piece ball, we weren’t good enough today in a game and conditions that suited an upfront game and that obviously cost us dear.

“Credit to the boys, they never gave up trying and at the end they managed to pinch one against the head.

Rawlings acknowledges that it had been a steep learning curve. “Some of the lads learnt a lot today, a steep learning curve for them, hopefully they can take that lesson going forward and we can improve on that in our next game.

“We will regroup at training over the next couple of Sundays at Truro College and look to address the problems we had today.

“The focus now is away to Hampshire if we can get a win up there then we will progress to the quarter finals and that would be a great achievement for this young group this season.

There were aspects from Cornwall’s performance that pleased Rawlings. “I thought Cavan Boyer kicked his penalties very well in difficult conditions. Max Duggan at No.8 carried well he brings a lot of aggressiveness to his game, Cory Teague got through a lot of work and Declan Matthews in the centre tried very hard on a day that didn’t suit the backs.    

Playing down the slope into the driving rain Gloucestershire dominated from the kick-off as Cornwall struggled at the set-piece; it was no surprise that the visitors went ahead after just 7 minutes when skipper Tyler Jerum powered over with an unconverted try.

A high ball into the twenty-two from centre Declan Matthews was not released by Gloucestershire’s full back Macaulay Dale leading to a penalty kicked by wing Cav Boyer.

Boyer was on the money with another kick just a couple of minutes later for Cornwall to put his side 6-5 up.

Cornwall were still under pressure at scrum time, eventually referee Max Weston’s patience wore out with Cornwall prop Adam Wright being yellow carded.

Gloucestershire maintained their domination scoring a second try from a catch and drive through winger Terence Barbarinsa, converted by centre Robbie Faulkner.

Cornwall No.8 Max Duggan was having another excellent game, he carried a lot of ball and looked dangerous going forward. A good break by fly-half Callum Boyce led to a third penalty success for Boyer and leave Cornwall trailing 9-12 at half-time.

If Cornwall hoped playing down the slope would bring a change of fortune it didn’t materialise as the rain and murk intensified during the second half. Two penalties from Faulkner closed the game out for the visitors.

Despite great vocal support from the contingent of Trelawny’s Army at the game, Cornwall couldn’t find a way through a very well-organised Gloucestershire defence.

Frustrations erupted a couple of times during the game when a couple of bouts of fisticuffs broke out, but the dye was cast well before the final whistle sounded.    

Cornwall must now travel to unbeaten Hampshire for their final game in three weeks time. Hampshire defeated Berkshire 36-24 at Sonning in the other game played on Sunday.

 

Cornwall U.20s: R Edwards (Launceston), D Hubble (Falmouth), D Matthews (Redruth), M Blee (Camborne), C Boyer, C Boyce (both St. Austell), N Nash (Brixham); A Wright (Redruth), C Dewson (Launceston), K Vinson (Penryn), H Culverhouse, C Teague (both Wadebridge Camels), J Osborne (Launceston), W Gilder (Capt), M Duggan (both St. Austell).

Replacements: J Hodge (Redruth), A Vincent (Lankelly-Fowey), M Scott (Saltash), C Sayer (Camborne), B Andrews (Devonport Services), S Firth (Falmouth), H Jones (Unattached).

Cornwall scores: Pens, Boyer (3)

Yellow Card: Wright (20)

Gloucestershire U.20s: M Dale (Bristol Uni), T Babarinsa (Cinderford), R Smith (Cardiff Met), R Faulkner (Drybrook), F Murphy (Cleve), T Webb (Newent), S Boyland (Brighton Uni); C Lane (Lydney), J Williams (Gloucs Uni),  A Chalkin (Bristol Uni), W Greenway (Gloucs Uni), R Herbert (Stroud), B Mustoe, T Jerum (Capt) (both Cleve).

Replacements: J Hughes (O Patesians) C Lane (Lydney), F Crosby (Gloucs Uni), M Adams (Cinderford), L Locke (Longlevens), M Loader (Salisbury), F Sharp (Clifton), T Knight (Chosen Hill FP).

Gloucestershire scores: Tries Jerum, Babarinsa, Con, Faulkner, Pens, Faulkner (2)

Referee: Max Weston (Somerset RRS)

Crowd: 250

 

 

Finally a report from Chris Jones:

Cornwall could not carry on their winning form in the County Championship after a thoroughly dominant forward’s performance from Gloucester.

Three converted first half penalties from Cavan Boyer gave Cornwall their nine points in what was a very wet and windy game at Redruth RFC.

Cornwall stay on five points level with Gloucester meaning they will need a win when they play their next fixture against leaders Hampshire on the 19th of March.

Coach Mike Rawlings said after the game: “Scrums and set pieces weren’t good enough today and that cost us the game.

“We forget this game now, Hampshire is our focus, we go there, we focus and we get that win and then we know we’re through to the next round.”

The away side was the first to break the deadlock through captain Tyler Jerum in the 7th minute after a thoroughly dominant scrummage from 5 metres out was shoved over the line for the number eight to score with ease. Robbie Faulkner could not convert the try.

Cornwall answered back only three minutes later after centre Declan Matthews’ kick and chase allowed him to catch the Gloucester fullback, who was penalised for not releasing. Cavan Boyer converted from just left of the posts to take the score to 5-3.

The Black and Golds soon took the lead and it was Boyer again with another expertly taken penalty from halfway in the 15th minute of play to make it 6-5.

Eleven minutes later and Gloucester were back in the lead, after Tom Webb’s tricky footwork and offload to winger Terence Babarinsa who crashed over the line and this time Faulkner did convert to make take the score line to 12-6.

Cornwall gained another three points just before halftime after Gloucester were penalised for not releasing in the ruck and Boyer converted from 30 yards.

Gloucester resumed the scoring 5 minutes after the restart after Jack Osborne was too hasty in taking the ball from the scrum and Faulkner converted down the middle from 20 yards.

The away side converted yet another penalty in the 63rd minute take them nine points ahead after a truly dominant display in the scrum and Faulkner converted with ease from 10 yards in front of the posts.

Despite a heavy period of pressure in the final 10 minutes, Cornwall could not muster any more points, replacement Cam Sayer came closest after a well driven maul however the Cornish forward could not find the try line.

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