Mia Abbott-Smith Selected for Bristol Centre of Excellence

Mia Abbott-Smith has been successful in the recent Under 18 Girls Centre of Excellence (formally South West divisional) trials at Cleve RFC, home of Bristol ladies.

Mia, who is only 15, of Penryn RFC (formally Camborne) will now attend sessions and receive mentoring from the newly formed Centre of Excellence team.

Six girls were nominated with five attending the trial. Feedback from the girls regarding the new set-up was encouraging. The Centre of Excellence will not only be coaching the girls but mentoring them in areas such as nutrition and rehabilitation pre and post match to develop the player.

Everyone involved in the CRFU and particularly those involved in Women and Girls rugby wish Mia all the very best and hope she enjoys this amazing opportunity.


Cornwall Ladies Squad Named for Gill Burns County Championship

The following ladies have been picked for the Cornwall Ladies squad for this season’s Gill Burns Cup County Championship.

Squad: Zeta Penrose, Jess Howell, Oriel Brazier, Claire Matthews, Steph Trapp, Ro Gomez, Jess Humber, Claire Thompson, Imogen Miller, Martha Simons (all Penryn Ladies), Hannah Pickard, Lydia Furse, Rachel Shakleton, Nicole Rowland, Frankie Perry, Emma Stefanottie, Claire Onions (all Bude Ladies), Jo Holden, Alex Smith, Verity Waters, Helen Mitchell, Chloe Dawe (all Albion Ladies), Megan Belts, Cozette Shrosbree (both Pirates Girls & Ladies), Louise Snelson (St. Austell Angels).

The ladies are pictured after a muddy trials day!


Camborne’s Michaella Roberts Picked For England Ladies U20s

Camborne’s Michaella Roberts, now playing her rugby at Bristol Ladies, played for the England Ladies Under 20s against the Army coming off the bench to score their final try in a 44-0 win.

Good luck to Michaella for the forthcoming games against France Ladies Under 20s in Lille and Basingstoke.

England Women U20 head coach Jo Yapp has named her match day 23 for the England Women U20 team’s fixture against France Women U20 in Stadium Nord, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Lille on Saturday 24th February, K.O. 14:00 GMT, live stream via .

Yapp makes two changes to the side that secured their biggest ever win - 44-0 - against Army Women, and saw 13 players make their England U20 debuts at the Army Rugby Stadium last Wednesday.

The starting 15 remains unchanged with full back Emma Uren (Saracens Women) captaining the side. Brooke Clarke (Worcester Valkyries) – who was awarded player of the match last week – and Lilian Stoeger-Goddard (Bristol Ladies) are included on the wings.

The centre partnership is formed with Phoebe Murray (Bristol Ladies) – who scored two tries against Army - and Lucy Attwood (Bristol Ladies) alongside half backs Tazmin Bricknell (Gloucester Hartpury) and Helena Rowland (Saracens Women) who are included at nine and ten.

The scrum again features Ellena Perry (Saracens Women), Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning) and Ellie Mulhearn (Bristol Ladies) in the front row with Hollie Cunningham (Bristol Ladies) and Rosie Galligan (Saracens Women) in the second row.

In the back row, Sarah Beckett starts at No.8 with Charlie Wilcock (Worcester Valkyries) – who is vice captain of the side - at open side flanker and Tabitha Copson (Gloucester – Hartpury) included at blindside flanker.

Two new additions are named on the bench, Ellie Gilbert (Gloucester-Hartpury) and Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women), who is available for selection after sustaining a minor injury (knee) while in camp with the senior England women’s team.

Michaella Roberts (Bristol Ladies) – who scored a try against the Army - Rianna Manson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Hannah Botterman ( Saracens Women), Cara Brincat (Worcester Valkyries), Ella Wyrwas (Saracens Women)and Lizzie Adam (Loughborough Lightning) are also named on the bench.

England Women U20 head coach Jo Yapp today said: “We expect France to be an very strong side, but as a squad we are focussing on our own strengths and how we can impose our game plan.

“Playing France away provides a unique learning experience, bringing new challenges - both on and off field - for the players as they continue to develop through the player pathway. As a squad we are really looking forward to taking on this new and exciting challenge.”

England Women U20 games 2017-2018

England Women U20 44 - 0 Army
Tries: Clarke (3), Murray (2), Perry, Stoeger-Goddard, Roberts
Cons: Attwood (2)
France Women U20 v England Women U20
Stadium Nord, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Lille
24th February, K.O 14:00 GMT (15:00 Local time)

England Women U20 v France Women U20
Basingstoke RFC, 17th March 2018, KO 7:30pm
Visit  for details


U18 CRFU Girls Head to Centre of Excellence

We are pleased to announce that Chelsi Mitchell (Penryn), Mia Abbott-Smith (Penryn), Nadine Vincent (Liskeard), Leona Hughes (Liskeard), Megan Shroff (Liskeard) and Lizzie Langton (Devonport Services) are heading to the home of Bristol Premiership Ladies Bristol to take part in their Centre of Excellence programme.

This replaces the divisional system and will see these young ladies receive a whole range of coaching delivery from ball handling right through to nutrition and recovery guidance.

If they excel then selection into RFU academies may be a possibility.

The CRFU Women and Girls section, along with everyone at the CRFU wish them the very best of luck.



Cornwall Ladies Prepare for the 2017/18 Campaign

The ladies recently undertook a challenging weekend of trials and training in preparation for their county championship campaign. Head coach Martyn Ruskin is pictured with the ladies.

Trials held across two days saw 28 ladies from Bude, all the way down to Penzance brave the conditions to show the coaches just what talent and commitment there is in the county. Some even attended both days to gain extra experience and training to achieve game time during a particularly difficult time owing to the atrocious weather.

There are still at least 5 more ladies who need to trial but could not due to prior commitments and they will be looked at during the friendly fixture.

As you can see it looks like the ladies enjoyed the sessions!

A huge thank you to Launceston RFC and Truro College for hosting us.

The programme for the rest of the season is as follows:

Sunday 11th February friendly away to Newton Abbott
Sunday 25th February training at Launceston RFC (11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.)
Sunday 25th March training at Launceston RFC (11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.)
Sunday 15th April training – time and location to be confirmed

Gill Burns Women’s County Championship

Division Two (Pool Three)

Sunday 29th April Dorset & Wiltshire (away, time and venue to be confirmed)

Sunday 6th May Somerset at Launceston RFC K.O.: 2.30 p.m.

Sunday 6th May Hertfordshire at Launceston RFC K.O.: 2.30 p.m.


Festival of Girls County Rugby at Camborne

Sunday 19th November from noon will see between 250 and 300 girls participating in huge afternoon of girls’ rugby.

Six counties, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset & Wilts, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, will each field sides at Under 15 and Under 18 levels.

Cornwall will meet Somerset whilst Devon will play Oxfordshire and Dorset & Wilts take on Gloucestershire.

At the previous festival in Banbury last month the Under 15s beat Oxfordshire 12 – 24 with the Under 18s suffering a big defeat 53 – 5.

Make your way to Camborne RFC to see the best girls in the South-West group and give the girls in Black & Gold your support.