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U17 Too Strong For Opponents

A 23-man Cornwall U17 squad travelled to Dorchester RFC on Sunday (29th Jan) to play in a "tri-angular" fixture against Dorset & Wilts and Somerset.

The idea of a 3-way fixture was trialled this season between the three sides to try and get to see more players playing, with the first 3-way being played at Newquay RFC on 18th Dec 2016.  On that occasion Cornwall came away with two wins from their two games

There a 3 x 40 min games played ( 2 x 20 min half) with each side plating twice.

This weekend saw the Cornwall squad travel the distance to Dorchester RFC, with the heavy rain all the way it was obvious that it wasn't going to be a day for free flowing rugby.  However all sides tried to play as expansive as they could.

The first game of the day saw Cornwall take on Somerset.  Cornwall started well and were dominant for the first 10-12 mins and spent much of the time camped in the Somerset "22" but poor decision making and forced passes meant they failed to convert into points.  On the break, following a quick tap penalty, Somerset found themselves in unfamiliar territory, the Cornwall half.  quick thinking and quick feet found the Somerset 9 score a try against all the play. Half time score Cornwall 0 - Somerset 5

Cornwall continued to dominate possession in the 2nd half and finally managed to score through good forward play around the ruck.  Now playing with much more control Cornwall managed to finish of the game when they cleverly reversed the direction of play and found the Somerset defence outnumbered.  Good handling, especially in the horrendous conditions found Cornwall scoring out wide.

Final score Cornwall 10 - Somerset 5

Next up for Cornwall was Dorset & Wilts.  This time the game seemed far more balanced, whether that was because Cornwall had already played 40 mins of rugby or whether the heavier D&W pack were more competitive it wasn't clear.  Again a tight affair on the field, with conditions deteriorating rapidly managed a single score toward the end of the first half.  Half time Cornwall 5 - D&W 0.  The Cornwall defence was tested on a number of occasions by the D&W pack with some very strong runners but the "Black & Gold" wall stood firm.  Even when camped on the Cornwall line for 5 mins the D&W players couldn't break through.  With only seconds to go the Cornwall side set up for a final flurry but with conditions as they were and the pressure put on the Cornwall fly half plans had to change.  Calmly the Cornwall FH (Aaron Simmonds, Newquay RFC)  step passed an oncoming defender, onto his left foot and placed the ball straight through the posts.

Final score Cornwall 8 - D&W 0

This sees the end of the U17 season with losses to Truro School 1st XV and Plymouth College 1st XV but with 4 wins from 4 against Somerset and Dorset & Wilts.

The coaching team have given nearly 50 players the opportunity to pull on a Cornwall shirt this year with next seasons U18 squad being selected from this seasons U17 players.

 

Squad for Dorchester RFC "Tri-Angular" Fixture

 

  • Callum Looker                         (Camborne RFC)
  • Darrall Bristow                        (St Austell RFC)
  • Jack Maclean-Brown                (Camborne RFC)
  • Joshua Barbery                       (St Austell RFC)
  • Rory Mead                              (Bude RFC)
  • Sam Benson                           (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)
  • Leoin Cole                              (Launceston RFC)
  • Billy Bromfield                        (Newquay RFC)
  • Rob Freeth                             (Truro College)
  • Patrick Parry                          (Redruth RFC)
  • AJ Stanfield                            (Redruth RFC)
  • Reuben Dorean-Mitchell           (Hayle RFC)
  • Dominic Bolding                      (Wadebridge Camels RFC)
  • Connor Ellery                          (Truro College)
  • Dan Tyrrell                             (St Austell RFC)
  • Aaron Simmonds                     (Newquay RFC)
  • Oliver Aggiss                          (Liskeard RFC)
  • Jordan Smith                           (Liskeard RFC)
  • Josh Mares                              (Newquay RFC)
  • Joe Vanstone                           (Launceston RFC)
  • Fraser Nottle                            (St Austell RFC)
  • Rhys Colrein                            (Liskeard RFC)
  • Shea Cornish                           (Penzance & Newlyn RFC)

 

 
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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.

 

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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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U18 Group Squad Selected

Congratulations to the players listed below on their inclusion in the CRFU U18 Group Squad for the forthcoming 2016-17 season.  As always the selection is a difficult process and every player who has played in the "Black & Gold" this season for the U17 Group has been considered.

The first time the squad will come together is on Sat 2nd July where there will be a training/testing day at Marjon Uni in Plymouth where the players will be put through their paces by the expert staff at the university.

The 25 man squad will play fixtures against Plymouth College 1st XV, Dorset & Wilts U18 and Somerset U18, before they compete in the England Counties SW U18 Championship which is held at Bristol Grammar School over both weekends of the October half-term.  This year Cornwall will face Buckinghamshire on the first weekend and their old foes Devon on the final weekend.

 

Cornwall U18 Group Squad

  • Rory Cinnamond          (Launceston RFC)
  • Jack Hodge                  (Redruth RFC)
  • Callum Degenhardt      (St Austell RFC)
  • Kyle Gratrix                 (St Austell RFC)
  • Sam Haywood              (Truro School)
  • Callum Dewson            (Wadebridge RFC)
  • Noah Stanier-Smith       (Camborne RFC)
  • Jake Clemson               (St Ives RFC)
  • Stan Somers                (Truro School)
  • Peter Bebbington          (Launceston RFC)
  • Torin Clarke                 (St Austell RFC)
  • Keane Whitaker            (St Austell RFC)
  • Josh Hart                     (Truro School)
  • Sam Gilder                  (St Austell RFC)
  • Owen Wilson                (Wadebridge RFC)
  • Will Hooper                  (Truro School)
  • Rueben Edwards           (Launceston RFC)
  • Jake Carr                    (St Austell RFC)
  • Jack Nancarrow            (Rugby Kernek)
  • Connor Gilbert             (Redruth RFC)
  • Tom Hawken                (Helston RFC)
  • Jack Old                      (Wadebridge RFC)
  • Luke Allatt                   (St Ives RFC)
  • Kyle Bradley                (Helston RFC)
  • Johnny Wood               (Truro School)
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CRFU U17 Squad To Face Somerset

Congratulations to the players listed below on their selection for the upcoming U17 fixture against Somerset on Sunday 21st Feb.

This season has been difficult for the U17 age group due to a number of injuries, unavailability and cancellations due to weather/pitches and the coaching team would like to thank all the players and parents that have been involved for their understanding and continued support.

The lack of available pitches in Cornwall on Sun 21st, due to waterlogging and build up of postponed fixtures, has meant that Cornwall have to play the game on the 3G pitch at Marjon Uni, Plymouth.  The game is to KO at 1:30pm so if you're in the area please come along and show your support.

 

Squad

  • R.Cinnamond (Launceston)
  • C.Degenhardt (St Austell)
  • K.Gratrix (St Austell)
  • C.Jenkins (Budehaven Sch)
  • AJ.Leverton (Camborne)
  • C.Dewson (Wadebridge)
  • J.Clemson (St Ives)
  • D.Goldsmith (Launceston)
  • A.Connolly (St Austell)
  • N.Stanier-Smith (Camborne)
  • J.Hart (Newquay)
  • W.Gibson (Helston)
  • K.Whittaker (St Austell)
  • T.Clarke (St Austell)
  • S.Gilder (St Austell)
  • O.Wilson (Truro College)
  • W.Hooper (Truro School)
  • R.Edwards (Launceston)
  • J.Carr (St Austell)
  • R.Heard (Truro School)
  • L.Allatt (St Ives)
  • J.Old (Wadebridge)
  • I.Blackbourn (Penzance)
  • K.Bradley (Helston)
  • J.Wood (Truro School)

 

 
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Cornwall Players Make Cut For South West

Congratulations to Jack Osborne (Launceston RFC, Ivybridge College), Torin Clarke (St Austell RFC, Truro College) and Harry Searle (Truro College) on their inclusion in the South West U18 squad for 2016. Following a trial day held recently at Hartbury College they have been included in the 23 man squad for the upcoming fixtures.  They will play two warm up games, one against South West Lambs (South West Independent Schools) and a second against Gloucester Academy at Hartbury College. They then face London & South East region on 19th Feb at Chippenham RFC.

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