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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.


Lankelly-Fowey RFC at 50!

This season sees Lankelly-Fowey RFC celebrate their 50th year. The celebrations start on Saturday 1st September at Lankelly Lane with registration and a taster session for juniors at 11.00 a.m.

In the afternoon St Agnes are the guests in Round One of the RFU Junior Vase. This will be followed by a hog roast and music into the evening.

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London Cornish RFC Newsletter

Please click on the link at the bottom of this article for a copy of the first of what is planned as a monthly newsletter from London Cornish RFC. Hopefully it will be of interest to those who like to keep up to date with what our Cornish Cousins are up to in the capital.

Of special interest is the group known as LCOG - London Cornish Old Gents - who meet in Truro on a regular basis not only to relive former glories on the playing field but also to keep up to date with what is happening with the club in London. The club arranged a short successful tour to the Duchy in May. Meetings are held every six to eight weeks in Cornwall. The next two lunchtime meetings are as follows:

  •             27th August 2018 Brendon Arms, Vicarage Rd, Bude EX23 8SD. Start 12 noon 
  •          9th October 2018 County Arms, Highertown, Truro TR1 3PY. Start 12.30 for 1pm

All are welcome. For further information please contact Club Secretary, Roger Cock

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Don’t Let The Heat Wave Stop You Wearing Black & Gold!

As the heat wave continues and tee shirts become a “must have” why not opt for “black & gold”?

The T-shirt pictured is just one of many items you can buy to show your support for Cornwall available here:

There may not be any live rugby to watch for a few weeks, but you can still wear the colours with pride on the beach, watching the cricket or wherever you are!


Bolingey Barbarians Look Forward to 25th Anniversary Season

The wonderful institution that is Bolingey Barbarians will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and knowing them they will be sure to do it in style!

This invitation side has developed into the flagship veterans’ side in Cornwall but one of their main aims is to raise funds for disadvantaged children in Cornwall and to date they have raised a staggering £100,000.

The Barbarians’ President, John Sumnall, writes a brief potted history:

Bolingey Barbarians History

Bolingey Barbarians RFC will celebrate their 25th Anniversary in the 2018-19 season. The Club was formed on the 30th March 1993 which followed an ad-hoc match that had been played between the Bolingey Inn and Perranporth RFC on the 07th March 1993 to raise funds for a local cause.

As the ad-hoc match had been so successful, it was decided to form the Club and follow the values and traditions that were seen to being eroded by the advent of professional rugby. Six matches were to be held each season, two each against Cornwall Clubs at “Senior “, “Junior” and Veteran’s level. Selection was by invitation only and all players were considered guests for the day and presented with the Club tie which they were expected to wear if invited again to participate. This invitation gave many players the chance to engage with other athletes that they would normally never play with and had probably spent many seasons competing against.

However, there were other aims of playing and that was to raise funds for disadvantaged children in Cornwall and to date we have donated more than £100,000, in various amounts, to 57 organisations and groups, both large and small, in Cornwall.

Perranporth RFC very kindly agreed to Bolingey Barbarians using their facilities to play matches but the after-match festivities always take place at the Bolingey Inn where all the mementos adorn the walls. This “third half” provided the ideal opportunity, which appeared to be diminishing in Club Rugby, to share a meal with your opposite number, take a beer together and finish the day with traditional singing of Cornish and some rugby songs. Children were and are always welcome and join their mothers and fathers for the occasion.

In the first season of playing it was agreed that the Club should be registered to become a non-voting member of the Rugby Football Union through the Cornwall RFU and a successful probationary period of one year was served. However, in the first three seasons it was already becoming increasingly difficult to raising a team to play a Cornwall “Senior” Club as the Club Coaches did not want to release their players in case of injury and it was decided to concentrate on Veterans’ rugby. This was an unknown blessing in disguise as the veterans loved recalling old times after playing and were probably in a better financial position than they were in their earlier playing days.

That the Club is held in high esteem by the many that have come into contact with us is not in doubt as the Cornwall RFU have very recently offered to donate £500 to our chosen charity and their Management Board Members have asked to be invited to a match in the 25th season.

Bolingey Barbarians has produced something never expected: friendships that have now lasted at least 25 years, fostered and maintained Veteran’s Rugby in Cornwall and last, but not least, £100,000 for disadvantaged children in Cornwall.


Sunday 14th October 2018 at Perranporth RFC and afterwards at the Bolingey Inn when the CRFU will present £500 for the Barbarians to allocate in recognition of their outstanding achievements over the past 25 years.

Bolingey Barbarians v Perranporth K.O. 1.00 p.m.


Ewart White – Funeral Details

The Funeral service for Ewart White will be held on Friday 29th June at 11 a.m. in Camborne Wesley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Camborne, TR14 8EG.

This will be followed by refreshments at the Clubhouse in the 'Town' bar at Camborne RFC.

Ewart was a stalwart of Camborne RFC and a much-valued Team Manager of the Cornwall team. He was held in high esteem by everyone involved in the game in the Cornwall and on his retirement from CRFU duties he was made a Life Member in recognition of his huge contribution to the game in Cornwall.

Ewart is pictured proudly holding the Bill Beaumont Senior Men’s County Championship Cup after a Cornwall victory at Twickenham.

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