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Cornwall U20s 33 v Devon U20s 19

Cornwall U20s Get Their Season Off To A Good Start

(Pictured is Ethan Tyler who scored a brace of tries for Cornwall)

Cornwall 33 Devon 19

U20s coaches Mike Rawlings, Brynn Jenkins and Matt Shepherd will have been pleased by the bright start their squad have made to the season prior to the Championship pool matches. With conditions good at Polson Bridge the crowd were able to see the new crop of talented Cornish lads run in five tries against their Devon counterparts.

After three weeks of training the large training squad of over 60 players representing many Cornish clubs brought together by Colin Hatch was reduced to 34 for the game against Devon. The numbers of players available at this age group is quite remarkable and represents the effort that has been invested into developing players out of Colts or College rugby. The coaches had to maintain the tricky balance of giving all the players a good chance to show their skills as the next match day squad will be reduced to 22 with 4 reserves. To come away with a win as well was really fine work and the players were really keen to make sure that the chance to play in the black and gold shirt was a proud moment and a chance not to be missed.

The tries were scored by Ethan Tyler (2) Toby Robinson, Aaron Vinson and Max Duggan but they were down to good continuity and possession and effort by their team mates. Tyler and Boyer added the conversions. Devon for their part scored three tries, (one of those a penalty try) and added two conversions. But the organisation and preparation of the Cornwall squad was very apparent and the players stuck to the plan.

There now follows one more training session at Truro College and then it’s off to Camborne on Sunday 5th February to play Berkshire in the first of the three pool games. The focus and attention to detail will provide the selected squad every opportunity to make Cornish supporters proud.


Under 20s Prepare

The Under 20 squad is working hard ahead of their forthcoming county championship campaign which will commence at Camborne where they entertain Berkshire on Sunday 5th February at 2.00 p.m.

Before that they have a warm up game against Devon at Launceston on Sunday 22nd January at 2.00 p.m. when they will be pleased to receive YOUR support.

To whet the appetite, take a look at the video by following the link below:


Under 20 County Championship Fixtures

The Under 20s start their County Championship Campaign with a home game against Berkshire in February 2017.

Their full fixture list is:

Sunday 5th Feb - Home to  Berkshire

Sunday 26th Feb - Home to Gloucestershire

Sunday 19th March - Away to Hampshire

If they qualify for the knock-out stages the dates will be:

Q finals - 1 April

Semi-final 15 April

Final 6 May

Make a note in your diaries to come and support the Cornwall stars of the future!



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.


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.


THE CRUNCH Cornwall U20 v Devon U20

Sunday 13th February - Camborne RFC

K.O. 2.00 p.m.

Cornwall U20s v Devon U20s

Your support for Cornwall's next generation of stars is needed on Sunday for this winner takes all clash with the loser being relegated to the lower tier of the championship for 2016/17.

Pictured is Dan Rutter, Cornwall's double try scorer at Cinderford on 28th February.



2)        LUKE TREWHELLA                        CAMBORNE

3)         RYAN BURLEY                               PENRYN

4)         ANGUS BROWN                            CAMBORNE

5)         LUKE HATTAM                               REDRUTH

6)         LIAM MOYLE                                  CAMBORNE

7)         LOCRYN WILLIAMS                       CHINNOR    

8)         ADAM HUGHES                              PENRYN

9)        DAN JANE                                        ST AUSTELL

10)      DAN RUTTER                                   REDRUTH

11)      TOM SANDERCOCK                       CORNISH ALL BLACKS

12)      JAMES MACFARLANE                   REDRUTH / EXETER UNI

13)      JACK SIMMONS (Capt)                  CAMBORNE

14)      LEWIS THOMAS                              ST IVES

15)      BEN STEAN                                     CAMBORNE / PLYMOUTH ALBION


16)      ADAM SMITH                                  CAMBORNE

17)      AARON VINCENT                           LANKELLY FOWEY

18)      CAMERON SAWYER                     CAMBORNE

19)      HARRY SMITH                                WADEBRIDGE CAMELS                         

20)      WILL GILDER                                  ST AUSTELL

21)      KIERAN DOWN                               SALTASH

22)      JOHN TYLER                                  ST JUST

                         TRAVELLING RESERVES:-

23)       CONNOR BICK                              PIRATES AMATEURS      

24)      BEN ILLSLEY                                 CAMBORNE

25)       ANDY INCH                                    ST AUSTELL

26)       BRANDON ANDREWS                 SALTASH

Coaches – Ian Morgan, Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins

Team Manager - Chris Lea


Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2016 continues on Sunday 13 March with their first home game against local rivals Devon.


Cornwall have suffered two defeats in their two games and this is a must win, to avoid relegation in the competition.


CRFU President Ken Plummer said “This will be another test for these young guys; both Cornwall and Devon have lost their opening games and the loser of this game will be relegated.  Having watched them at Redingensians and Cinderford I know they have the spirit and ability to put in a good performance and get a result!”


For both Cornwall and Devon this is the last game in this season’s championship as neither side can qualify for the quarterfinals.


Coach Bryn Jenkin said – “The result against Gloucestershire was disappointing, where we made some silly mistakes, missed a few tackles and they rightly took advantage. On the day they deserved the win and will fight it out with Berkshire as to who has the home quarter final.”


Cornwall‘s final pool stage game will at home against Devon on Sunday 13 March 2016, at Camborne RFC with a 1400 kick off time.


Coach Mike Rawlings said; - “We had the better of them for the first and the last 10 minutes, but lost the game in the other 60 minutes. We have suffered greatly with injuries this season and unfortunately we lost both of last week’s starting props with Tommy Phillips picking up a hand injury and Curtis Reynolds picking up a shoulder injury.”

CRFU Chair Denis Preece said; - “These young guys will have a home game on Sunday and we hope that they will get a lot of support to lift their spirts and hopefully see a win.”

The U20 team manager Chris Lea said; -”It is real shame after reaching the semi-finals last season to be in a relegation battle this season. That is the vagaries of U20 rugby when we lose up to 50% of our squad every year through age qualification. There are a number of these guys who will be around next season and we will be looking at new talent who can come into the squad next season.”



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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