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Cornwall Open Campaign With Victory

Cornwall's U18 squad travelled to the home of Hornets RFC in Weston-super-Mare this Sunday to open their U18 England Counties U18 campaign.

They faced a relative stranger at this age group in Oxfordshire, to my memory not a county Cornwall have ever played in this age group, or certainly not for a long time.

Playing on the recently laid artificial pitch at Hornets RFC, both sides were hoping for a quick flowing game and Cornwall seemed to start the stronger. With early pressure by the Cornwall pack leading to a try by U17 player Charlie Short from 3m out.  At the request of the selectors there was to be no conversions taken during the campaign so as much game time could be played ( Cornwall 5 - 0 Oxfordshire)

Oxfordshire then began to bring some of their big forwards into the game with some very strong running close to the breakdown, Oxfordshire looked intent on trying to bludgeon their way through the Cornish defence but the "black & gold" held firm and managed to relieve the pressure through tenacity and commitment.

The game ebbed and flowed through the first half with both sides having good spells in their opponents "22" but Cornwall were unable to convert their territorial advantage into points.  Had this been any other game either side may have been able to convert a number of penalties into points but, again at the request of the selectors, there were no kicks for goal from penalties allowed.

Oxfordshire were next to cross the line with more powerful running from their pack "sucking in" the Cornish defence which allowed the Oxfordshire back line to get to the outside of the Cornish line.  Some weak tackling allowed the Oxfordshire winger to run in from 25m (Cornwall 5 - 5 Oxfordshire)

The first half came to an end 2 minutes early when a head injury to the Oxfordshire tighthead stopped the game. Quick reactions from from a Cornwall player made sure the injured player was immediately protected and the referee stopped the game. The Oxfordshire and Cornwall physio's attended to the player until an ambulance arrived.  The second half was delayed around 45 mins while treatment was carried out and the player was removed from the field.

We have since found out that the player was taken to hospital for full checks but was released late last night with no serious injuries.  Heavily concussed and will be out of the game until the New Year, everyone at Cornwall RFU U18 wishes him a quick recovery. 

When the second half finally got back under way it was again Cornwall that began the stronger, this time however Cornwall were able to convert some of the pressure they were applying.  With gaps beginning to appear around the park, Cornwall's more free flowing style began to pay dividends and players were seeming to make meters at will, but again the final decision or execution of the final pass weren't always good enough.  However Cornwall managed to score a further three tries to take the score to 25-10.

With a number of changes to the Cornwall side, both personnel and positional, Cornwall lost a little structure late in the second half, and the last 10 mins seemed to be facing a strong last push from Oxfordshire.  This continual pressure, linked in with team changes and fatigue, led to a number of penalties against the "black & gold" and had this been any other fixture could probably have seen a yellow card.

Oxfordshire finished the game with two late tries to bring the scoreline closer but the final whistle came in time and the victory was theirs (Cornwall 25 - 20 Oxfordshire)

Good to have the victory but Cornwall were disappointed that they didn't convert all the pressure they had in to points, the coaching team will be looking for a more clinical performance when the face Somerset in two weeks time at the same venue.

 
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U18s Take First Step To The Red Rose

This Sunday (3rd Dec) sees this seasons Cornwall U18 squad open their 2017 England Counties campaign when they face Oxfordshire at Weston Hornets RFC.

This is Cornwall's opening fixture in the 2017 England Counties SW Division Championship with their other fixture to be played on 16th Dec against Somerset.

Over the two fixtures the Cornish players will be assessed by SW Division U18 & England Counties U18 coaches. Hopefully then they will be selected to be part of the 37 man squad that will attend the SW Division Final Assessment Day (FAD) at Hartbury College in Gloucestershire.

If successful there, the players will then become part of the 23-25 man SW Division squad that will compete in the England Counties U18 Divisional Day, with the ultimate goal of pulling on the red rose shirt and represent England Counties U18 for the 2018 season.

The Cornwall squad will be competing against players from Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Devon, Dorset & Wilts, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Somerset.

Cornwall have already played Devon this season in a warm-up fixture where they took the spoils in a strongly contested game in Plymouth where the "black & gold" came away 17-19 victors.

 

Squad to face Oxfordshire this Sunday

 

  • D.Bristow          St Austell RFC
  • C.Looker           Camborne RFC
  • C.Short             Launceston RFC
  • C.Baker            Launceston RFC
  • R.Mead             Bude RFC
  • B.Bromfield       Newquay RFC
  • M.Osborne        Penzance & Newlyn RFC
  • S.Matthews       Hartbury College
  • L.Cole               Launceston RFC
  • P.Parry             Perranporth RFC
  • A.Jacobs           Launceston RFC
  • R.Freeth           Camborne RFC
  • M.Austin           Truro School
  • D.Tyrell            St Austell RFC
  • A.Simmonds     Newquay RFC (Capt)
  • C.Standen        Truro School
  • F.Nottle            St Austell
  • A.Relton           Penzance & Newlyn RFC
  • J.Smith            Liskeard-Looe RFC
  • J.Mares            Newquay RFC
  • J.Vanstone       Launceston RFC
  • S.Cornish         Penzance & Newlyn RFC
  • L.Couch            Launceston RFC
  • R.Colrein          Liskeard-Looe RFC
 
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2017-18 Cornwall U18 Squad Named

The Cornwall U18 squad for the upcoming 2017/18 season has been released.  The squad will begin working together in Aug in preparation for the fixture schedule which begins in Sept against Plymouth College 1st XV.  The squad will play fixtures against Truro School 1st XV, Exeter Chiefs Outreach XV, Devon U18 and will culminate in two fixtures in the England Counties (SW Division) U18 Championship where they will play Oxfordshire on Sun 3rd Dec and Somerset on Sat 16th Dec.

Cornwall RFU U18 Squad 2017-18

  • Callum Looker          (Camborne RFC)
  • Daryl Bristow            (St Austell RFC)
  • Charlie Short             (Launceston RFC)
  • Rory Mead                 (Bude RFC)
  • Olly Pugh                   (Truro RFC)
  • Chae Jenkins             (Launceston RFC)
  • Joshua Barbery         (St Austell RFC)
  • Billy Bromfield          (Newquay RFC)
  • Leion Cole                 (Launceston RFC)
  • Sam Matthews          (Hartbury College)
  • Thomas Walters        (Liskeard RFC)
  • Patrick Parry              (Redruth RFC)
  • Mawgan Osborne       (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Robert Freeth            (Camborne RFC)
  • Michael Austin           (Truro School)
  • Dan Tyrell                  (St Austell RFC)
  • Aaron Simmonds      (Newquay RFC)
  • Charlie Standen        (Truro RFC)
  • Josh Mares                 (Newquay RFC)
  • Jordan Smith             (Liskeard RFC)
  • Arthur Relton             (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Fraser Nottle              (St Austell RFC)
  • Joe Vanstone             (Launceston RFC)
  • Luke Couch                (Launceston RFC)
  • Shea Cornish             (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Rhys Colrein              (Liskeard RFC)

Congratulations to all the players who have been selected but the U18 Group management team would like to thank all players, parents and clubs who have supported the the U17 & U18 programme over the past season and the attitude and commitment from everyone has been fantastic....here's to a successful season!!

 
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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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Cornwall U18's v Plymouth College 1st XV

Monday 5th Sept sees this season's Cornwall U18 squad get  their season off and running when they face a tough Plymouth College 1st XV away at Devonport Services RFC on the 3G pitch at Keyham.

Due to unavailability and pre-season injuries the lads have only been able to get together for one session since the squad was selected back in late May/early June.  The whole squad (inc injured parties) attended an evening squad session which was held at Bodmin RFC last Monday evening.  Although many of the players had not played a game " in anger" since the close of last season all have been involved in either club or college pre-season training and this showed in the session.  The coaching team commenting on the good level of fitness and basic skills on show.

The fixture against Plymouth College is always the season "opener" for the U18 group and tends to be a very tight affair.  The college have been involved in pre-season and are currently on tour in Wales so will have a head start on the Cornish boys.

The Cornwall squad has already been hit by injuries so have called upon a number of U17 players who have impressed through the selection process carried out at the end of last season.  Hooker Callum Dewson is also unavailable due to his selection for the opposition as he attends Plymouth College and is required to play for them.

The U18 group is an important age grade for the Cornwall boys as it gives them a pathway to possible South West Division, and ultimately England U18 group representation.  Last season saw six Cornwall players selected to attend the South West Divisional trials at Hartbury College, with three players going further and representing the South West against London & South East.

Aside from the Plymouth College game, the Cornwall side will be playing

Somerset U18 Group @ Weston-Super-Mare RFC (Sun 25th Sep , KO 3:00pm)

Dorset & Wilts U18 Group @ Launceston RFC (Sun 9th Oct , KO 2:30pm)

Buckinghamshire U18 Group @ Bristol Grammar School (Sat 22nd Oct , KO 2:00pm) U18 Championship

Devon U18 Group @ Bristol Grammar School (Sun 30th Oct, KO 2:00pm)  U18 Champioship

 

Squad for Plymouth College Fixture

 

  • R.Cinnamond (Launceston RFC)
  • C.Degenhardt (St Austell RFC)
  • J.Hodge (Redruth RFC)
  • K.Gratrix (St Austell RFC)
  • S.Haywood (Truro School)
  • R.Mead (Bude RFC, U17)
  • J.Clemson (St Ives RFC)
  • A.Connolly (St Austell RFC)
  • B.Bromfield (Newquay RFC, U17)
  • K.Whitaker (St Austell RFC)
  • P.Bebbington (Launceston RFC)
  • R.Freeth (Truro RFC, U17)
  • S.Gilder (St Austell RFC)
  • O.Wilson (Truro College)
  • R.Edwards (Launceston RFC)
  • A.Simmonds (Newquay RFC, U17)
  • J.Carr (St Austell RFC)
  • R.Heard (Truro School)
  • T.Hawken (Helston RFC)
  • C.Gilbert (Redruth RFC)
  • L.Allatt (St Ives RFC)
  • J.Old (Wadebridge RFC)
  • K.Bradley (Helston RFC

Squad players unavailable

  • C.Dewson (Plymouth College)
  • S.Somers (Truro School)
  • N.Stanier-Smith (Camborne RFC)
  • C.Teague (Wadebridge RFC)
  • J.Hart (Truro School)
  • T.Clarke (St Austell RFC)
  • J.Nancarrow (Rugby Kernek)
  • J.Wood (Truro School)
 
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