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Under 12 Developing Player Programme

Tuesday 4th April 2017 – 10am to 12pm – Truro College

The enrolment process for the fourth and final of our U12 (Year 7 September 2016) Cornwall Rugby Developing Players Programme (DPP) sessions is now open. This is open to players of all abilities and it is also open to boys & girls. It is for any players who wish to improve their core skills and game understanding in fun and challenging coaching sessions and games.  

Players enrol for the session by completing and returning the attached application & consent forms, along with the £10 fee for the session and return it to the address in shown. All who register will be accepted. Cheques/PO are made payable to CRFU (Cornwall RFU).

Please return your forms and payment before Friday 31st March.

 
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U12 Cornwall Developing Player Programme

 

Tuesday 14th February 2017

U12's Cornwall DPP Session

10am to 12pm

Truro College

 

The cost of the session is £10 and you can book a place by completing and returning the attached application form along with your cheque/PO for £10 payable to CRFU. Please can you return your forms and payment before Friday 3rd February.

 

Many Thanks,

Rich Siveter.

 
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U17 Season Under Way

The Cornwall U17 Group season is now under way for 2016-17.  The U17 Group follows a different format than other age grades as the focus is on a larger squad, giving more players the opportunity to pull on a Cornwall shirt.  The process began early 2016 when the U16 "Open Access" sessions were held at Newquay and Wadebridge RFC.  These sessions saw over 130 boys attend and culminated in the traditional fixture of a Potential Cornwall U17 XV against the U16 County Cup winners at Bodmin RFC.  This year saw the Cornwall side face Truro U16 in a very competitive game, with the Cornwall XV coming out on top.

From the original 130+ players the U17 squad is cut down to approx 65 players who are all invited to attend the U17 squad day at Bodmin RFC in November.  As this is the age group where players leave school and enter colleges there is a huge amount of disruption in the squad selection as many players develop over the summer period, some leave rugby all together, some move clubs or even change position therefore the squad day is a way of seeing where everyone is and what they are doing.

The U17 Group play a number of fixtures over Dec, Jan and Feb and every player in the squad is given at least one game in a Cornwall shirt, this allows the coaching team the opportunity to see how players perform against a higher standard of opposition than many will have faced at this time.

This season the fixtures are

U17 v Truro School 1st XV                                      Sun 11th Dec @ Truro School

U17 v Dorset & Wilts and Somerset (3-way fixture)   Sun 18th Dec @ Newquay RFC

U17 v Plymouth College 1st XV                                Sun 15th Jan @ Marjon, Plymouth

U17 v Dorset & Wilts and Somerset (3-way fixture)   Sun 29th Jan @ Dorchester RFC

U17 v Dorset & Wilts and Somerset (3-way fixture)   Sun 12th Feb @ TBC

 

At the end of the U17 season the coaching team select the U18 squad for the following season from the players that have played for the U17.  The reason behind this is that the U18 season begins early in the autumn and there is not the time to go through another selection process.  However due to recent changes to the structured Constituent Body (CB) signed off by the RFU this may change as the U17 & U18 seasons will be different in the future.

 

Any questions about CRFU U17 or U18 Group please contact me on 07800880381 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Cornish Players Make The Grade

Seven of this seasons Cornwall U18 group squad have been successful in taking the next step toward representing England Counties at U18 level.

The two weekends of the October half term saw all eight counties in the South West Division compete at Bristol Grammar School.  The aim of this contest is to select players to represent the South West in the divisional weekend against other divisions from around England.

The players have been selected from over 200 players who took part in the championship at Bristol. They will be part of a 37 man squad that will take part in a final assessment day which is held at Hartbury College in Gloucester on 15th January. 

If they are successful following the final assessment they will play against a Gloucester Rugby Academy side on 28th Jan and finally compete in the Divisional weekend on 24th & 25th Feb.

Players who compete in the divisional weekend are then selected to represent England Counties U18.

 

Congratulations to the players selected and we wish you all luck in the next stages.

 

Players selected in SW FAD Squad

Jake Clemson (St Ives RFC & Penwith College)

Keane Whitaker (St Austell RFC & Bodmin College)

Aaron Simmonds (Newquay RFC & Truro College)

Jack Old (Wadebridge Camels & Wadebridge 6th Form College)

Johnny Wood (Truro School)

Kyle Bradley (Helston RFC & Truro College)

Tom Hawken (Helston RFC & Helston Community College)

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Cornwall To face Somerset In Final Game Of The Season

This Sunday (6th Nov) see's Cornwall U18 face Somerset in their final game of the 2016 U18 season.  The game will be their only home county fixture of this season and will be played at St Austell RFC, with KO planned for 2:15pm.

The U18 group have had a mixed season with two wins in their first two warm up games against a Plymouth College 1st XV and an Exeter Chiefs Outreach U19 Squad.

Confidence was high after these first two fixtures but with a number of injuries to players from the original 25 man squad the build up to the first U18 Counties Championship games was far from ideal.

The Championship saw Cornwall lose 29-22 in a frustrating game to Buckinghamshire and then drawing 21-21 with their old foes, Devon.

The fixture against Somerset is a re-arranged game following a change to the U18 CB structured season as dictated by the RFU

The players will be hoping to go out on a positive note, before the coaching team turn their eye on to the U17 group season which begins in earnest on 20th Nov with a squad day at Bodmin RFC.

Squad to play Somerset at St Austell RFC on 6th Nov 16

  • R.Cinnamond (Launceston)
  • C.Degenhardt (St Austell)
  • K.Gratrix (St Austell)
  • G.Sanders (St Ives)
  • C.Dewson (Launceston)
  • L.Barnes (Camborne)
  • J.Clemson (St Ives)
  • C.Teague (Wadebridge)
  • S.Somers (Truro School)
  • A.Connolly (St Austell)
  • P.Bebbington (Launceston)
  • J.Hart (Newquay)
  • K.Whitaker (St Austell)
  • S.Gilder (St Austell)
  • M.Austin (Truro School)
  • A.Simmonds (Newquay)
  • R.Edwards (Launceston)
  • J.Carr (St Austell)
  • R.Heard (Truro School)
  • T.Hawken (Helston)
  • J.Old (Wadebridge)
  • K.Bradley (Helston)
  • J.Wood (Truro School)
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Cornwall U18 v Buckinghamshire U18 (England Counties SW Championship)

Saturday 22nd October saw Cornwall U18 compete in their first game of the 2016 U18 England Counties (SW Division) Championship.  This event is held every year at Bristol Grammar School Sports Ground and is the next stage of the U18 age group aspirational pathway. The eight counties included in the SW division are Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Dorset & Wilts, Devon,Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Somerset.  Each team plays 2 games (one each weekend of the October half term) with the ultimate aim of having players selected to represent the SW division in fixtures after Christmas and from there hopefully represent England Counties at U18 Group.

Cornwall's first fixture saw them "pitched" against Buckinghamshire, a team they had not played against at U18 group for some considerable time.  Whether it was the long journey from Cornwall or whether it was a little bit of "stage fright"  Buckinghamshire were the first to gain any kind of advantage.  There simple, controlled rugby allowed them to dominate the early stages of the game as when Cornwall did have possession and tried to build phases, a simple mistake, a forced pass a wrong decision allowed Bucks off the hook and simply frustrated Cornwall more.

Bucks were the first to put points on the board with a well worked try and anyone watching the game couldn't really argue.  Cornwall continued to worked hard and in glimpses everyone could see that the potential was there and the players simply needed to relax.  The Cornish frustration wasn't helped by the fact they had obviously fallen foul of the referee's interpretation of certain aspects of their game, as the penalty count appeared to "rack up" in favour of the Buckinghamshire boys.  Again it appeared that every time Cornwall managed to put phases together, they would lose their advantage through giving a penalty, dropping a pass, losing the ball in contact etc...

Half way through the first half Cornwall began to take control and built pressure, the forwards beginning to dominate the contact area and the scrum set piece, this pressure was rewarded with two scores in fairly quick succession, Cornwall taking the lead at 10-7.  Unfortunately a lapse in concentration just before half-time saw Cornwall's defence breached and with the conversion missed half-time saw Bucks with a 2 point lead.

 

With a number of changes at half time to allow all players a fair opportunity in front of selectors the first 10-15 mins of the second half seemed to be a repeat of the first.  With Bucks playing simple and more controlled rugby and Cornwall wanting to play a more exciting but higher risk game.  Although Cornwall were dominating possession, it appeared that every time they got close to their opponents 22 they would let them off the hook and Bucks would clear.  What happened next can't really be explained, it appeared that Cornwall stopped playing and allowed Bucks into the game and they began to dominate around the breakdown with simple "pick and go" and using their big runners close in.  Before Cornwall knew it Bucks had scored 3 tries in a spell that quickly need to be forgotten.  Bucks led 10-29

What the coaching team were pleased to see was the character shown by their players as Cornwall decided that they were not going to let this happen and took the game by the "scruff of the neck"  The last 15 mins were completely dominated by Cornwall and if the side had played like this for the rest of the game Buckinghamshire wouldn't have been close to being in the game.  two quick tries in the last 10 mins saw Cornwall pull the score back to 22-29 and with confidence no high the only thing that would stop Cornwall winning this game was the clock.  Unfortunately with time running out Cornwall were unable to cross the line again and Bucks who appeared to be hanging on by their finger tips could not hide their pleasure at the final whistle as they knew that with 5 mins more the result could have been different.

A well contested game from both sides with some lessons to learn for the Cornish boys.  two being, sometimes simple is best and also learn to adapt to the referees interpretation.

Next up Devon!!!

 

Squad for Cornwall v Buckinghamshire

  1. Rory Cinnamond (Launceston)
  2. Callum Dewson (Launceston)
  3. Chae Jenkins (Launceston)
  4. Jake Clemson (St Ives) (C)
  5. Cory Teague (Wadebridge)
  6. Keane Whitaker (St Austell)
  7. Josh Hart (Newquay)
  8. Noah Stanier-Smith (Camborne)
  9. Sam Gilder (St Austell)
  10. Reuben Edwards (St Austell)
  11. Jake Carr (St Austell)
  12. Tom Hawken (Helston)
  13. Jack Old (Wadebridge)
  14. Rory Heard (Truro School)
  15. Kyle Bradley (Helston)
  16. Callum Degenhardt (St Austell)
  17. Kyle Gratrix (St Austell)
  18. Luke Barnes (Camborne)
  19. Stan Somers (Truro School)
  20. Peter Bebbington (Launceston)
  21. Connor Ellery (Truro College)
  22. Dom Goodwin (Truro School)
  23. Fraser Nottle (St Austell)

 

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U12 Cornwall Developing Player Programme

MONDAY 24th OCTOBER 2016

Please find attached the application form to enrol on to the second U12's development day on Monday 24th October, either a morning or afternoon session at Truro College. Those who applied for the August session will roll over and get an automatic place for Mon 24th Oct.

Please return the £10 and application form to:

Rich Siveter

Penwith College

St. Clare Street

Penzance

TR18 2SA

This is open to players of all abilities and for the first time. It is also open to boys and girls. It is for any players who wish to improve their core skills and game understanding in fun and challenging coaching sessions.

 
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U18's Get Off To Winning Start

Monday evening saw the Cornwall U18 squad get their season up and running.  With the traditional season "opener" against a Plymouth College XV.

The game, originally planned to be played at the home of Plymouth Albion, was shifted to the 3G pitch at Keyham at the last minute.

With limited time together, an away fixture against a side that have been together for a couple of years and had recently returned from a pre-season tour in Wales was always going to be a great test.  Made even more difficult with the number of injuries and unavailable players hitting the Cornish side.

From the KO it was clear that the bigger Cornwall side had the upper hand and dominated the early possession with backrow Keane Whitaker opening the score within the first 5 mins.  For all the possession though, Cornwall were finding it difficult to breakdown a very well organised and stubborn defence.  Cornwall failed to adjust their game to what was being placed in front of them and attack after attack would either "fizzle" out or the ball would be spilt with possession being handed over to the College boys.

Plymouth began to find their way into the game and their skillful half-back pairing began to take control.  With good game management Plymouth found themselves deep in the Cornwall 22.  Fortunately the defence was solid and Cornwall managed to break free and build an attack of their own which ended in a try scored by second row Archie Connolly.  With the score 0 -12 Cornwall reached the half time break content, if not exactly pleased.

With a full front row, half back pairing and one centre changed at half time it was always going to take a few minutes to get organised again, and so it was that Plymouth took advantage straight from the whistle.  With some larger than normal gaps in the defensive line the Plymouth fly half strolled through to score under the posts immediately from the restart.

Cornwall recovered well though and eventually got back into their stride.  Again they dominated possession but slow ball at the breakdown and a lack of ability to play "heads-up" rugby which would have seen them out flank their opponents meant the college side were always in contention.  With both sides scoring a further try a piece and the scores 12 - 17 Cornwall finally managed to break free by with another try from Whitaker and one from winger Jake Carr, score 12 - 27.

With minutes to play and with the college right winger "slicing" down the 5 meter channel he must have caught a glimpse of a black and gold "steam train" heading his way and stepped inside to evade it, unfortunately that steam train was blindside flanker Whitaker who was not allowing anyone to cross the Cornwall whitewash, with the Plymouth player coming off considerably worse.  The tackle was deemed to be slightly high and as the referee felt the winger was in the action of scoring a try it was given as a penalty try.  Final score 19 - 27

All in all a positive start to the campaign and a special mention to the U17 players who filled in at the last minute.

 

Next game away to Somerset U18 on 25th Sept at Weston-Super-Mare RFC

 
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