Mini Juniors

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)



U12 Cornwall Developing Player Programme


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


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.


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


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)

Cornwall Rugby Developing Players Programme (DPP) Enrolment Process 2016 - 17




If you have any questions regarding the programme, feel free to contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Many Thanks,

Rich Siveter

DPP Manager


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)

Keeping our Children Healthy & Safe in Rugby- Saturday 4th June at St Austell RFC

There will be a second Club Safeguarding Officers conference Saturday 4th June, the details of which are attached below.

Please can you let Ann Demaine know who and how many from your club will be able to attend.

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Remember that other officers of the club can be invited too! 


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.



  • 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)



Developing Players Programme - Dates Update

 Cornwall Rugby Developing Players Programme Dates:
Please find attached the calendar of dates regarding the Cornwall Rugby DPP as several have changed due to facility unavailability.
Many Thanks,
Rich Siveter DPP Manager
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