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‘Stack’ Stevens - Service of Thanksgiving

It has been confirmed that a ‘Service of Thanksgiving’ for Brian ‘Stack’ Stevens is to be held at:

St. Mary’s Church, Penzance

Friday 27th October

commencing 12 noon

Those attending the Service of Thanksgiving are afterwards invited to the Pirates ‘Westholme’ clubhouse.

Following a long illness Stack sadly passed away on Tuesday 10th October 2017.

A true legend in Cornish rugby Stack skippered Cornwall from 1973 to 1975 and played 83 times for the county. He was capped 25 times for England (captain in 1971) and was a 1971 British and Irish Lion when they toured New Zealand in 1971.

Our thoughts are with Stack’s nearest and dearest at this sad time.


Robin Wedlake Named Trelawny’s Army Player of the Year

Plymouth Albion’s Robin Wedlake was announced Trelawny’s Army Player of the Year at their Annual General Meeting held at St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre on 27th September, winning the Bill Osborne Shield.

Robin, who started his rugby with Redruth before moving to Albion, was a star performer for Cornwall last season as the black and golds made it to the final at Twickenham for a fifth year in a row. Unfortunately Robin is out of action at the moment recovering from an operation on his knee.

The Tony Mead Shield for the Cornwall Under 20 Player of the Year went to St. Austell’s Will Gilder.

Will captained Cornwall Under 20’s last season, the highlight being the 64-3 defeat of Berkshire at Camborne.

Speaking on the night Gilder said. “It’s really special to be voted for this award, doubly so as I am the first player from the St. Austell club to win it.

“We had a very young squad last season with only three or four older lads, including myself, so I think the lads will have learnt from last season and will look to kick on again in 2018.

Sadly a knee injury means that Gilder has stopped playing and has instead turned his hand to refereeing. “I am enjoying it, I’ve been referring at level 7 (Western Counties) this season. I have benefited from the university referee programme I am on at the moment.”

Watch out for Will to come whistle blowing in the future.


Cornwall 1900

As promised here is the next photograph from the collection recently made available to us by Mrs Webster of Redruth. This time it’s the Cornwall team of 1900 in a very early outing of the famous black & gold shirt.

Please click on the link below for the full size, printable image complete with names.

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Photos from the Past


Thanks to Management Board member Chris Hailey (Chair of Game Development) I was fortunate enough to meet Mrs Webster of Redruth to view and scan a wonderful collection of photographs belonging to her father who, she believes, acquired them when Holman’s closed their old offices in Camborne.

Mrs Webster has kindly given her permission for us to share them with “One & All” via the website which we will do over the coming months.

The first is a photograph of the Cornwall side that played Gloucestershire in Bristol in 1892.

Click on the link below for a full size, printable version including the players’ names.

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Regulations for Tribute Cornwall 1, 2 & Duchy Leagues 2017/18

Modifications to the English Clubs Championships (ECC) Regulations

relating to the playing of league rugby at Level 9 and 10 in Cornwall 



The regulations relating to the playing of league rugby in Cornwall 1&2 will be modified in so far as matches played at Level 9 & 10 (Cornwall 1 & 2 Leagues) (together “the modified leagues”) are concerned. The modified leagues are subject to all ECC Regulations in so far as these are not varied by or inconsistent with these Regulations.


The modifications are:


1. All players in the Cornwall leagues must be registered with their club in accordance with the Player Registration Regulations.  Regulation 13.4.1 (b) applies and those players must be identified indicating their DOB on the match card.


2. If a team cannot justifiably field a front row then the match will proceed with uncontested scrums. No league points will be deducted from the offending team providing the fixture is honoured.


 3. Match result cards must be completed and posted to the South West Admin office in accordance with the SWDOC Administrative Instructions.


 4. Clubs at level 9 & 10 may select up to six ( 6 ) Replacements, with up to Ten            (10) interchanges.


 5. All scheduled matches in the combined league must be played on or before Sunday 17th December 2016.


 6. Any scheduled match in the Cornwall combined league that is cancelled for a weather related reason or non-availability of a Referee may be rescheduled by the clubs involved but must be played on or before Saturday 16th December 2017, if the rescheduled match is not played it will become null and void with no points awarded to either team. The SW Admin Office and your League Secretary must be informed of the rescheduled match date within Seven (7) days of the cancelled match.


 7. If a scheduled match in the combined league is cancelled for any reason other than weather or a lack of referee these matches will not be rescheduled and the non-offending club will be awarded five league points.  The league secretary will decide if points will be deducted from the offending club.  The points awarded to clubs in the combined league will not be carried forward to the second half of the season when the Cornwall One & Two leagues are formed.  


 8. On Monday 18th December 2017 the combined Cornwall league will be split the top eight (8) clubs will form the Cornwall One League and the bottom seven (7) will form the Cornwall Two League for the remainder of the 2017/18 season. Clubs in the Cornwall One League will play home and away fixtures to decide promotion to the Cornwall & Devon league.  Clubs in Cornwall Two will also play home and away fixtures.  Clubs in the Cornwall One & Two Leagues will receive their league fixtures by the 31st December 2017.


 9. If a scheduled Cornwall One or Two match is cancelled because of weather or a lack of referee it will be rescheduled by the SW Admin office who will inform both clubs of the rescheduled match date.  If the rescheduled date clashes with a CB cup date the league match will take precedence.


 10. If a scheduled Cornwall One or Two match is cancelled for any reason other than weather or lack of referee, the non-offending club will be awarded five league points.  The league secretary will decide if points will be deducted from the offending club.


 11. If any club fails to complete 25% of their scheduled Cornwall One & Two league matches the clubs total league points will be expunged from the English Clubs league tables.


 12. Clubs must inform the SW admin office and their league secretary by 3.30pm on the day of a match if a match in the Combined Cornwall league or the Cornwall One & Two Leagues is cancelled for any reason, also the SW Admin must be informed of the match result by 5.30pm on the day of the match or within one hour of a match played at any other time by phone or text.


SW Admin tel no 01822 678272 

Match Result tel no 01822 678007                                

Text result tel no 07797 800102   

League Secretary tel no 07769 757048.           


Otherwise, all existing England club championship regulations will apply.


Denis Preece

Cornwall One & Two League Secretary




Duchy League (Cornwall) Regulations

SEASON 2017/ 2018



1. The Competition shall be called the Duchy League.


2. 2nd XVs of clubs affiliated to the Cornwall RFU Limited, and subject to their approval, will be entitled to enter one team into the Competition each season.


3. All matches will be played under the World Rugby laws of the game, save where they are varied in these Regulations.


4. There will be no Promotion nor Relegation from the Duchy League.


5. In the Duchy League, players are not required to be registered with that club to play in the English Clubs Leagues. However, they must be Bona Fide Club Members.


6. Clubs may borrow players from, or loan them to, other clubs to encourage participation in the game. Permission should be sought from the donor club. Up to TWO (2) loan players may be selected in a match day squad. Players holding effective registration with a club at level six (6) or above will not be able to appear as loan players.


7. A team may start a match with a minimum of 12 players. The opposition MUST even the numbers up, should they have a full side. However, should they have replacements available, they will not be able to use them. A team which is unable to start a game without a competent front row must inform the Referee prior to kick-off. The match would then be played with uncontested scrums, and the final result would stand.


8. All clubs are obliged to start a match with a suitably trained front row, unless the Referee is advised prior to the match starting. If a team is unable to provide a competent front row at the first time of asking, the Referee shall declare uncontested scrums. The side responsible for the match going to uncontested scrums MUST be reduced to 14 players and the final result of the match will stand.


9. Teams in the Duchy League will be allowed seven (7) replacements, with a maximum of 10 rolling substitutions. Teams are encouraged to exchange players to even-up the number of players on each side at the start of the game.


10. Both sides must have an equal number of replacements.


11. Teams playing in the Duchy League will receive four (4) points for a win, and two (2) points for a draw. No bonus points will be awarded in the Duchy Competition.                                                                                            Teams will be award one (1) Point for fulfilling a fixture.


12. The home team must inform the South West Admin Office of the match result by 5.30p.m. on the day of the match. Both teams MUST return a completed electronic match result card to the South West Leagues admin offices within 24 hours of the match. Clubs must inform the Duchy League Admin Office (01736 317417) of a cancelled match by 3p.m. on the day of the match. The clubs' NLC will be informed of the rescheduled match date.


13. The host club will arrange with the CRRS Appointments Secretary to appoint a Referee for the match. If the host club cannot benefit from the CRRS appointing a match official, the onus will be upon the host club to find a suitable Referee. Where this is not possible, the host club will ask the visiting club if they have someone who can Referee the match, or approach someone from another club to Referee. If this is not done, the host club will forfeit the match, which will be recorded as a nil-nil win to the visiting team. If for any other reason the match is cancelled, the match will be played on the next available date. This will be advised to the clubs' NLC by the Duchy League Admin Office.


14. Maximum Score: When the score differential in a match reaches fifty (50) points, the result will be recorded as at that time in the match. If mutually agreed, the match may continue, but any further score will not be recorded nor reported.


15. Teams which fail to fulfil 25% of their scheduled Duchy League fixtures are liable to have their results expunged from the records and be placed at the bottom of the Duchy League.


16. Clubs may, with the agreement of the Duchy League Secretary, bring a match date forward to midweek or a Friday evening prior to the match date to ensure the match is played.


Special Note


These Regulations are designed specifically to enable more players to play competitive Rugby. For the avoidance of doubt, any queries relating to these regulations should be taken up with the Duchy League Secretary, Denis Preece...07769757048...not the match referee.