Bolingey Barbarians Visit the Far West


Bolingey Barbarians were invited by St Just RFC to celebrate their 50th Anniversary at Tregeseal by playing a Veteran's match. 28 players and 46 non-playing Barbarians travelled on two buses, using different routes, for the match on Sunday 18 February 2018. Many more made their own way together with the Chairman of CRFU, Denis Preece and CRFU Council Representative, Alan Milliner.

This was St Just rugby at its very best, hospitality that cannot be matched anywhere, played in a thick mist, a match where scores do not matter, and it will remain in our memories for a long time. That so many entered into the spirit of the day is testimony to both the love and respect that Cornish Rugby has for this the most south westerly of all Clubs.

When the day had finished it was learnt that £1700 had been raised for disadvantaged children in Cornwall.


Cornwall U20s 25 v Hampshire U20s 22

Following a pulsating win over Hampshire all roads will lead to Dorchester on Sunday 18th March when a win over Dorset & Wilts will guarantee a home quarter final in the 2018 Jason Leonard Under 20 County Championship.

Pictured are coaches Josh Lord and Matt Shepherd smiling after Sunday’s win.

Not only are there TWO match reports for the price of one below – also check out Kevin Bishop’s fantastic “behind the scenes” video here:




By Bill Hooper at Tregorrick Park, St. Austell

Time added on proved dramatic indeed as Hampshire scored a fourth try to level a pulsating game, the conversion was missed after the ball toppled over and the Hampshire player was forced to make a drop attempt into a biting easterly wind.

There was still time, from the re-start, Cornwall managed to win a penalty allowing fly-half Reuben Edwards to split the posts and keep Cornwall on track for the quarter-finals with a 25-22 win.

Speaking after the game joint Cornwall coaches Matt Shepherd and Josh Lord were happy with the result. Shepherd said. “I was pretty happy with our first half performance we played the game in the right areas of the pitch, we went in having played into the wind 12-5 up. I thought we could go on and dominate the second forty but it didn’t quite work out that way which was a little disappointing.

“We encourage the lads to play an expansive game, sometimes you have to be more street-wise with what’s in front of you. Heads could have dropped when they levelled it near the end but all credit to the boys for working to get that final penalty to get the win.

Josh Lord was pleased with the way his forwards played. “I thought our pack looked good and went well, we dominated in the set-piece, although at times the line out was a bit of a lottery in the wind. It’s a young side these guys are still learning the game. There are still things to work on but I can’t fault the lads’ commitment.

“Torin Clarke played well for us today, as did the whole of the back row, we have got some great talent there and he leads by example. The whole squad works hard not just those in the match day twenty-two but those who turn up for training and are knocking on the door.”   

Despite the bitterly cold weather there was a good crowd at Tregorrick Park as both sides took to the field. Interestingly last season’s Trelawny’s Army Cornwall Under 20 player of the year Will Gilder was an assistant referee, part of the trio of officials from Gloucestershire, Will now studying at Hartpury.  .

Cornwall began well making some good early breaks and with barely two minutes on the clock one such break by centre Connor Gilbert almost saw the Redruth player make the line, however winger Jake Penprase was in support to score in the corner an unconverted try.

It was just the start Cornwall would have hoped for, however despite dominating the first quarter they couldn’t add to the score.

Hampshire came more into it and from a penalty kicked to the corner by fly-half Harry Johnstone from the resulting lin out and drive skipper Josh Moore crossed to level matters.

Cornwall certainly looked the better side during the first half with the forwards driving well and the backs looking very threatening.

Their endeavours were rewarded before half-time when skipper Torin Clarke drove over after a series of pick and goes near the Hampshire line, Edwards adding the extras for a 12-5 half-time lead.

The second half began much as the first as Penprase intercepted a pass running hard for the line cutting inside the last defender to score nearer the posts allowing Edwards to convert for a handy 19-5 lead.

Hampshire replied almost immediately when following a kick chase by centre Russell Bennett fellow centre Eddie Jenkinson scored a try converted by Johnstone to bring them back into it.

Despite losing prop George Cotterell to a yellow card Hampshire maintained their pressure when following a good burst from No.8 Pita Koroi led eventually to an unconverted try scored by lock Toby Warburton from close-range, leaving Hampshire only two points adrift.

Cornwall got back downfield to earn a penalty in front of the posts, Edwards making no mistake with his kick with some 18 minutes to play.

Hampshire threw everything at Cornwall, as the game moved into time added on, Johnstone made a fine break eluding tackles to score in the corner and tie the scores.

However, Edwards second penalty of the half made the game safe for Cornwall much to the relief of the Tregorrick crowd.

Onwards to Dorchester and Dorset & Wilts on March 18th.

Cornwall U.20: E Tyler (Penryn), J Penprase (Bath Uni), C Gilbert (Redruth), D Matthews (Camborne), J Carr (St. Austell), R Edwards (Launceston), N Nash (Brixham); R Bentham (Launceston), L Barnes (Camborne), K Gratrix (Penryn), D Goldsmith (Launceston), D Reed (Wadebridge Camels), T Clark (Camborne), W Gibson (Cardiff Met), T Clarke (Launceston, capt).

Replacements: H Lightfoot, C Jenkins, R Cinnamond, B Rowley (all Launceston), D Hubble (Falmouth), C Boyce (St. Austell), K Bradley (Penryn)

Cornwall scores; tries, Penprase (2), Clarke, cons Edwards (2), pens, Edwards (2)

Hampshire U.20: T Jennings (Portsmouth Uni), A Gooch (Chobham), E Jenkinson (Birmingham Uni), R Bennett (Wild Geese), J Rudder (Havant), H Johnstone (Cardiff Met), J Prior (Wimborne); M Gorry (Oxford Uni), S North (Hartpury Uni), G Cotterell (Bracknell), R Cuffe (Havant), T Warburton (London Scots), M Whitehead (Havant), J Moore (Swansea Uni, capt), P Koroi (London Scots)

Replacements: A Hankins (Portsmouth Uni), A Warner (Wild Geese), W Owen (Havant), S Rai (Camberley), O Cook (Winchester), S Bloomer (St. Mary’s Uni), C McGuigan (Havant)

Hampshire scores: Tries, Moore, Jenkinson, Warburton, Johnstone, Con, Johnstone

Yellow Card: Cotterell (51)

Referee: Astie Bolton (Gloucs RRS)

Match balls sponsored by Trelawny’s Army Supporters Club   



Cornwall 25-22 Hampshire

Report by Christopher Jones

Cornwall U20’s left it very late to defeat Hampshire at Tregorrick Park to make it two wins from two so far in The Jason Leonard County Championship.

Cornwall benefitted from Hampshire’s slow starts and scored very early in the first and second half.

After a late 78th minute try from Hampshire to make it 22-22, it looked as though the points would be shared, however a late 80th minute penalty conversion from Rueben Edwards secured the win for the Black and Golds.

Coach Josh Lord said after the game: “A fantastic result, but I’m not sure we were up to scratch in terms of what we expect from our players.

“At times we looked absolutely brilliant, and at times we look shambolic but championship rugby is about getting results and this is another win and we can take this into the next match and hopefully get another one.”

Cornwall got off to a lightning start and scored within the first three minutes when Connor Gilbert broke the Hampshire line before offloading to Jake Penprase who scored just to the right of the posts. Edwards could not convert leaving the scores at 5-0 early on.

Both sides had further chances but it wasn’t until the 35th minute until the game saw its next score. This time Hampshire with a try as Captain Josh Moore crashed through the Cornwall line to level the scores at 5-5. Again the kick was missed leaving the scores level.

But Cornwall were back in the lead on the stroke of half time Torin Clark this time going over the line under the posts, before Edwards converted to secure a 12-5 lead going into the break.

Almost immediately after the break the home side were further ahead, Penprase with his second try of the game after he stepped past his opposite number and Edwards again converted to make it 19-12.

Hampshire were having no luck and found themselves a man down when George Cotterell was given a yellow.

But this only seemed to give Hampshire the wake-up call they needed as they scored six minutes later in the 56th minute when second rower Rob Cuffe went over the line, and after Harry Johnston missed the conversion the scored read 19-17.

Edwards then put Cornwall an extra three points ahead at 22-17 after he converted a penalty from straight in front in the  60th minute.

However, Hampshire pulled back level in a breath-taking finish when Johnston shrugged off the tackle from Ethan Tyler to dive over the line and equal the scores for the second time of the day at 22-22. Johnston again could not convert the try.

The game seemed destined for a draw with neither team really playing to the best of their ability, however a late penalty directly in front of the posts presented Edwards with the opportunity to seal the win for the Cornwall in the final seconds. With the crowd silent and tension in the air he stepped up and coolly converted the penalty to leave the final score at 25-22.


Under 16s 'A' Win But 'B' Go Down to Somerset

Cornwall u16s played their final home games of the representative season at Callywith College. With Exeter Chief Academy selectors present the players knew that their performance individually and as a team would be recognised in games against strong academy teams and players from Somerset.


The Cornwall A team started well against the Somerset East team and soon got the scoreboard moving with an early penalty by Ethan Morgan. Then on twenty minutes Tyler Dower, having a strong game at 8, blasted over to score the first try and that was quickly followed by a determined drive by second row Cam Bishop to sore the second try.

Within ten minutes back row Ben Grubb scored the third try to take the game away from Somerset. Ethan Morgan added all three conversions and demonstrated his game management with a good range of tactical kicking.

With Somerset adding a penalty of their own the half time score of 22-3 to Cornwall giving the hosts a healthy lead which they maintained with excellent defensive play.

Jack Mills at 7 again caught the eye making many turnovers and strong tackling.

The second half was 10 minutes old before centre Charlie Levick outpaced the visitors defence to score by the posts before Somerset scored their only try which was converted. Ethan Morgan added a try from a quickly tapped penalty and the final try was then added by replacement Ben Durrant who took his chance well. All 3 second half tries were converted by Morgan.

The 41-10 final score showed the huge improvement the squad had made since their last representative game.

Sadly the Cornwall B team were outplayed by a very strong Somerset West team who scored 14 tries. The Somerset team showed pace, off-loading and ball retention of the highest order for the whole game and were relentless in their support play.

Cornwall stuck to the task and scored a try in each half. Andre Green showed good pace down the wing in the first half and prop Xavier Jenkins powered over in the second half.

It was a tough rugby lesson for the Cornwall players but hopefully they will get their chance to bounce back.

Overall the event was a good advert for Cornish rugby with all the players awarded their U16 ties. The standard of play demonstrated in both games was excellent and the referees allowed the players to make the most of the afternoon.

Before the end of March the U16s will play against the U17s team so that the boys can make the transition from Junior rugby in to Colts. There is also the prospect of playing Dorset and Wilts if a suitable date and venue can be arranged amongst all the club cup games that have been rescheduled this winter.


Gloucestershire U20s 15 v Cornwall U20s 24


Cornwall u20s overcame a very good Gloucestershire team at a very chilly Cinderford on Sunday 11th February to get the 2018 campaign in The Jason Leonard Under 20 County Championship. The boys are pictured celebrating their win courtesy of Simon Bryant (Iktis Photos).

Cornwall secured a four try bonus point with Kyle Gatrix (Penryn) scoring 2 tries and Noah Nash and Jake Penprase scoring 1 try each.

Kyle Gatrix got Cornwall underway with an early driven maul for Gloucestershire to get back on terms. The home team added a penalty on 20 minutes to make the score 8-5 to Gloucester before Cornwall scrum half Noah Nash exploited a gap and nipped over to regain the lead for Rueben Edwards to add the extras. On half time Tian Clarke scored a well worked try for Edwards to take a 19-8 lead.

The second half was a very well contested game. A tribute to u20 rugby and in particular the Cornish defence. Relentless attacking play led to Gloucester winger adding a try to make it 19-15 Cornwall. The enthusiastic crowd had to wait until the 75th minute for Cornwall to seal the game following good control in the Gloucester 22. Kyle Gatrix went over for the all-important score to set up a final 24-15 score-line.

With the final whistle the Cornwall boys could celebrate a well-deserved victory knowing that there is still work to be done before Hampshire at St Austell on 25th February.

The Cornwall team is selected from players who have a birthday after 31 August 1998, were born or reside in Cornwall, or are registered as a player with a Cornish club. 

The squad of over 50 players have been training since the start of the year and are coached by Matt Shepherd and Josh Lord both of whom have played senior rugby for Cornwall and are RFU qualified coaches. The squad consists of 18, 19 and 20 year old players and forms part of the CRFU’s progression and development of young players.

The gates open at St Austell on the 25 February at 1200. Entry will cost £5 including a match programme with accompanied U16’s having free entry. Please come along and support the young “Black and Golds” in the potential pool decider.

Gloucestershire U20 v Cornwall U20

Sunday 11February @ Cinderford RFC

Cornwall Squad 


Rikki Bentham

Launceston RFC


Luke Barnes

Camborne RFC


Kyle Gatrix

Penryn RFC


Dan Goldsmith

Launceston RFC


Jack Osborne

Not affiliated


Tiaan Clark

Camborne RFC


Will Gibson

Cardiff Uni


Torin Clark (Captain)

Launceston RFC


Noah Nash

Brixham RFC


Reuben Edwards

Launceston RFC


Matt Blee

Exeter Uni


Connor Gilbert

Redruth RFC


Jake Penprase

Not affiliated


Dan Hubble

Falmouth RFC


Callum Boyce

St Austell RFC


Harry Lightfoot

Launceston RFC


Chae Jenkins

Launceston RFC


Jack Hodge

Redruth RFC


Dan Reed

Wadebridge Camels RFC


Declan Matthews

Camborne RFC


Liam Jolly

St Ives RFC


Jake Carr

St Austell RFC


Travelling reserves


Rory Cinnamond

Launceston RFC


Brandon Rowley

Launceston RFC


Ethan Tyler

Penryn RFC


Seb Firth

Falmouth RFC


Coaches - Matt Shepherd, Josh Lord

Medical cover - Lauren Albury, Sam West

Kit - Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch




Cornwall U16 'A' 34 v Bristol U16 'A' 26

In the bright sunshine but very chilly wind at Callywith College both of the Cornwall teams managed wins. Both games were very fast paced and the quality of skills on show were impressive and it was clear just what can be achieved by this age group due to the commitment and enthusiasm of players, coaches at clubs and schools and parent support.

The ‘A’ team game started well for Cornwall with back row Dixon completing a strong break to score out wide and Morgan added the extras for a 7-0 lead which was to be short lived. Bristol piled on the pressure with 4 tries and 4 conversions of their own showing considerable power up front and very quick strong running backs. Going into half time second row Grubb powered through for a try for Cornwall to bring the score to 12-26.

The chance to reset the team’s performance and plan for the second half proved crucial as Cornwall set about the second half and played with more composure, teamwork and control limiting Bristol to few attacking chances and pinned in their own 22 for long periods of the game. Half back Morgan used the wind and conditions well to set up attacking opportunities and tries were scored by Grubb, scrum half Durrant. A conversion and a penalty by Morgan took Cornwall into the lead for the first time at 27-26.

In the last minutes of the game, Dixon surged over for his second of the game. Morgan added the conversion and took the lead and final score to 34-26 to Cornwall

Peter Biernis and Glynn Barnicoat refereed the two games that were a credit to all concerned. Both Cornwall and Bristol can be pleased that their commitment to youth rugby produced two very well contested skilful games that allowed nearly 80 boys to win their representative ties at u16.

Cornwall u16 are next in action at Trowbridge on Sunday 21st January when they play Dorset and Wilts.