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Press Release - Resignation of Honorary Secretary

CORNWALL RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION – Press Release 30.11.2018


The Cornwall Rugby Football Union is set to lose a most valued administrator – Honorary Secretary, Roger Watson, has resigned and will attend his final meeting in January.  Recently, he has been unwell, he and his wife, Nikki, have decided to move to Newport to be closer to their daughter.


Co-op Stores Step Up for Wooden Spoon

Wooden Spoon is the rugby charity for disadvantaged and disabled children. The Cornwall region has worked tirelessly to raise more than £120,000 for projects supporting disadvantaged and disabled children in the local community. All the money raised in Cornwall remains in Cornwall to benefit these children.

Co-op stores in the county have recently collected over £4K in counter top boxes, a wonderful effort, but it doesn’t stop there! Rebecca Watson (pictured) of the St Just Co-op is leading a sponsored charity event with the aim of raising another £2K to the total.

Rebecca explains, “We are from the Co-op in St Just and we are completing a sponsored charity event in aid of Cornwall Wooden Spoon.

Cornwall Wooden Spoon positively transforms lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage through the power of rugby.

We intend to visit all 32 Cornwall RFU affiliated clubs within a 24-hour timescale, commencing on Saturday 6th October from St Just Rugby Club, taking photographic evidence at each club.”

You can help Rebecca hit the target by donating here:

Remember where the money will go and please support the challenge.


Congratulations …

to Camborne RFC, the latest club to receive their RFU Accredited Club Award.

Pictured (L to R) are Denis Preece (Chairman CRFU), Malcolm Tonkin (Secretary Camborne RFC), Peter James (President CRFU) and Jonny Stephenson (RFU Rugby Development Officer for Cornwall).

There are now twelve accredited clubs in Cornwall with a couple more expected to complete the process this month. This RFU scheme is simple to complete and is extremely beneficial to participating clubs.

We strongly recommend all clubs to take advantage of the scheme. Details from the Rugby Development Officer, Jonny Stephenson


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Click on the link below for a copy of the Club Accreditation Form.


CRFU Conference 2018

Sunday 30th September is the date of this year’s conference. Once again, an interesting programme has been put together which will be of benefit and interest to all our clubs. The theme will be "Finding the appropriate level of development for players in your Club".

The venue will be EPIPHANY HOUSE, Kenwyn Church Rd, Truro, TR1 3DR 10.30 to 15.00.

As a pasty lunch will be provided for delegates it is essential that clubs inform John Sumnall who will be attending. Please let John know by Tuesday 25th September at the latest:

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01872 572788

 The full programme is:


CRFU Conference 2018 to be held at Epiphany House Truro

on Sunday 30 September 2018


"Finding the appropriate level of development for players in your Club"


1030  Tea & Coffee. Registration.


1100  Welcome

          Peter James (CRFU President).


1110  “The Rugby Journey” (Alan Hubbleday, Player Pathway Officer England Rugby.)

·           Where we have come from.

·           What the player journey currently looks like.

·           Where the pathway fits in the RFU Strategic Plan.

·           Principles of good talent development.

·           How the age grade calendar (or Competition Menu), Regulations 15 & 9 and the Age Grade Codes of Practice support the player journey.


1200  “The Role Of DPP in Cornwall”. (Rich Siviter, Cornwall DPP Manager.)

·         An overview of what the DPP programme is.

·         An overview of the player pathway in Cornwall.

·         Issues regarding club/school movement.

·         Focus on development.


1245  Presentation of ties.

Ties will be presented by the CRFU President, Peter James to the CRFU Womens’ Representative Team. These were the first players to represent Cornwall in the Gill Burns Cup when Cornwall entered the competition for the first time last season.


Lunch.  Pasty, tea and coffee. Also, a chance to network with all present.


1330  Presentation by Martin Tucker, Director of Penwith College.


1415  “The Future of Player Development in Cornwall”. (Georgy Finnegan and Jonny Stephenson)

·         Introduction of Player Development in Cornwall.

·         How do you see Player Development in Cornwall?


1445  Plenary Session.


1500 Close.



Referees Thank Sponsors

Gary Vaughan Chairman of Cornwall Rugby Referees Society is delighted to announce 2 new Sponsors for Leisure clothing this season. 

This deal will bring over £1,000 of value to the CRRS whose membership has doubled over the last 2 seasons.

Experienced ex-players/coaches are bringing a wealth of knowledge onto the pitch via the CRRS and recent recruits include; Nigel Hambly, Brian Andrew, Jason Pengilly and Paul Thirlby. Add to this 3 young Refs under 30 on the SW RFU list and it’s a positive outlook to the season.


Gull Rock Events of Wadebridge are sponsoring quarter zip fleeces in traditional black/gold colours. Director Kevin Instance, a former RFU Referee, has relocated back to Cornwall and joined the CRRS.

Kevin says that “Gull Rock Events take great pride in ensuring people keep safe and fully enjoy events and sporting arenas. This is the same objective within the CRRS so therefore I am happy to support them”.

 St Austell Brewery are supplying Purple Polo shirts to support their Tribute Ale brand.

Marc Bishop, Trade Marketing manager at the Brewery, commented “We are delighted to support the Cornish Referees. It really helps bring our support for Tribute of rugby in Cornwall to life which includes our sponsorship of the local Leagues and the Cornwall County team.

The CRRS thanks its new sponsors for their very valued support to keep rugby strong in Cornwall.


Chari Hailey      CRRS Sponsorship


RFU Level Two Coaching Award

Penryn RFC on Sun 30 Sep, Sun 14 Oct, & Sun 28 Oct 18 (09:00 - 17:00 all days)

Candidates must be aged over 16 on day 1 of the course, all sessions must be attended, and candidates must have completed RFU online Concussion Education Course prior to the course start date.

N.B. 50% of the £150 course fee will be refunded by the CRFU on completion of the course. Why not ask your club for the other 50%?

Click here to book:

Time is running short so do it today!


RFU Club Accreditation

Congratulations to the twelve clubs in Cornwall who have obtained RFU Accreditation to date. They are:

  • Bodmin
  • Bude
  • Camborne
  • Helston
  • Launceston
  • Liskeard-Looe
  • Penryn
  • Perranporth
  • Redruth
  • St Austell
  • Truro
  • Wadebridge Camels

With three more clubs nearing completion of this straightforward and beneficial process we are well on the way to the 50% mark.

All clubs are strongly advised to become accredited as both the process and award is beneficial.

The Club Accreditation scheme is based upon the six Key Drivers identified as crucial to a strong club:

·         Retaining & Developing Players

·         Recruiting New Players

·         Recruiting & Retaining High Quality Coaches, Volunteers & Referees

·         Effective & Efficient Facilities

·         Effective & Efficient Management and Governance

·         Integration with the Local Community


Each of these Key Drivers, together with the Core Values of the game, is represented within the Club Accreditation scheme and together they represent the component parts of a strong, sustainable club. The scheme is straightforward and designed to both recognise and assist a club to continually improve, while demonstrating a real commitment to providing all that’s best in rugby union. The RFU’s Community Game Board, a partnership between executive staff and volunteers, sees the scheme as an exciting development in the way the RFU supports its member clubs.


If you would like to meet and discuss your clubs Accreditation please get in contact with RDO Jonny Stephenson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Click on the link below for a copy of the Club Accreditation Form.