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Tribute Cornwall Leagues One and Two

With the first round of fixtures almost complete the split into the two Cornwall Leagues is now known. The top eight will compete in Tribute Cornwall League One in the New Year whilst the other seven clubs will make up Tribute Cornwall League Two. The fixtures will follow in due course.

Tribute Cornwall One

Bodmin

Camborne School of Mines

Illogan Park

Liskeard-Looe

Newquay Hornets

Roseland

St Agnes

Veor

 

Tribute Cornwall Two

Camelford

Helston

Lankelly-Fowey

Perranporth

Redruth Albany

St Just

Stithians

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Camborne School of Mines and Bottle Match to Disappear?

The name of one of the most famous mining institutions in the world, “Camborne School of Mines” may soon be a thing of the past. CSM was founded almost 130 years ago in 1888 and in 1902 the famous Bottle Match was born.

The annual gathering of two packs of miners, Camborne School of Mines and The Royal School of Mines, to play rugby is now the second oldest varsity match but could be at risk if the powers that be have their way.

When the university campus at Falmouth was created, there were no university sports teams and those looking to take part in competitive events were told to contact local teams in the area. Camborne School of Mines was and is an established rugby team in Cornwall, and it gratefully accepted the many students who wished to play. Since then, many other sports have taken on the CSM name including hockey, netball and football.

This year would bring about the 115th annual Bottle match between CSM and RSM. Bottle Match is the second oldest varsity match in the world. Since 1902 the only thing that prevented the game from being played was the Great War and since 2004 all CSM teams have been welcome to partake in this historic event. 

This year, motions are being put in place to cancel Bottle Match and remove the CSM brand from the University teams. Bottle match is more than simply a sporting event, more than a day, it is a culmination of over 100 years of a legacy which unifies both players and supporters alike.

Bottle Match is much more than just a University sports competition it unites students and locals alike. It has become a huge part of Cornish history over the years holding great significance to all of Cornwall. The rugby match has been held in Cornwall 54 times being played by 3450 students all remembering the one match that truly mattered, not just to them, but for many Cornish rugby supporters.

For those who wish Max Stirling has set up a petition against the removal of CSM sport and Bottle Match through change.org which may be found here:

https://www.change.org/p/fxu-petition-against-the-removal-of-csm-sport-and-bottle-match?recruiter=89754074&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition&sharerUserId=89754074&utm_content=nafta_twitter_shortlink%3Acontrol

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Congratulations to Matt and Robin

Well done to Matt Shepherd (pictured courtesy of Simon Bryant, Iktisphoto) and Robin Wedlake who have been selected for the England Counties tour which departs the day after the Bill Beaumont County Championship Final (Lancashire v Cornwall) on Sunday 28th May.

England Counties will complete a two-match tour of Spain from 29 May to 4 June, and team manager Matt Long is expecting a tough test.

Counties are set to face a Basque Country team in San Sebastian on Wednesday, 31 May before travelling to Guadalajara three days later to take on Spain, and Long is wary of the challenge ahead.

“I’m expecting a very physical game,” he said of the international clash. “Given we wanted a full Test against the international side, I think we’ll get one.

“We’ve done a bit of research, and we know Spain are improving, their world ranking is proof of that. We’re going to have a hard test.”

Counties will fly to Spain the day after the county championship final at Twickenham Stadium, and Long explains there will be no meet and greet beforehand, rather his side will have to gel and search for consistency from the outset.

He added: “We expect that both the Basque Country team and Spain will want to play a quick game, and we must adapt to that accordingly.”

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A Huge Thank You to Cornwall’s Faithful

The cliché of the sixteenth man was very much in evidence at Richmond on Saturday 6th May. With an hour of the game gone the boys were up against it but the 600 Cornish supporters, led by Trelawny’s Army, sang, cheered and shouted to give the boys the boost they needed to produce a scintillating last twenty minutes which produced four superb tries.

The players look forward to seeing you all again (plus many more of you) at Ivybridge on Saturday 13th May when they face the old foe, Devon, in the next round of matches. Devon went down 55 – 12 to Gloucestershire in week one so Cornwall will be looking for a big win to stay in the hunt for another trip to Twickenham.

The atmosphere at Richmond was fantastic now let’s turn Ivybridge black & gold on 13th!

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Congratulations to London Cornish

Congratulations to London Cornish RFC 1st XV who, as Champions of London 2 South West, have obtained promotion to Level 6 next season. This the first time in the history of the club that this has happened and reflects tremendously on the efforts of all involved. This means that, of the affiliated clubs, only Cornish Pirates, Redruth and Camborne will be ranked higher. London Cornish will play in London 1 South, the equivalent of South West 1 West and will be jointly ranked with Launceston.

The club regularly fields four senior teams, something which our home based clubs can only dream of!

 

In the autumn, the Club’s 55th Year Reunion is being held at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay over the weekend of 6th/7th & 8th of October this year. Any current or former Cornwall Club players who may have played against LC in the past, principally when Cornish were in the Duchy on tour, will be very welcome to attend. Further details and the contact for the weekend is Adrian Williams. His e - mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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