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Bill Hooper

Assistant Hon. Secretary Cornwall RFU

Cornwall Under 20s to face Hampshire

 

 

RFU UNDER 20 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

 The Jason Leonard Cup.

Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2019 moves to the second pool game in the Jason Leonard Cup. Cornwall will play Hampshire at a new venue of Havant RFC on the 3G pitch with a 1330 kick off time on Sunday February 24.

CRFU President Peter James said “This is the first away game for the squad this season and follows on from their win against Devon in the opening round of the competition. Hampshire always provide strong opposition and I am sure this match will be no different”

The game kicks off at 1330 at Havant RFC after concerns from the hosts about the original venue of Overton RFC. Hampshire’s first pool game was delayed a week due to the weather.  

 

Coach Rich Kevern said – “The guys got off to a winning start against Devon, but this will be a different test away from home and playing on an artificial surface. We have kept a pretty settled side with only a couple of changes due to availability of players and, tactically. Harry Lightfoot starts at 6 and our captain Torin is back fit and fills the number 8 shirt. Another starter from last year James Tucker comes onto the bench along with Cain Worley and Luke Barnes who are covering the front row and youngster Charlie Levick gets a start on the wing”

Cornwall Captain Torin Clarke said; - “It is great to back in the shirt and honoured to be captaining the side again after the first game. We had a hard fought game against Devon that went down to the wire. I was immensely proud of the guys who stuck to the game plan right up to the final minute, which saw us come through with a victory.”

The final pool game will again be hosted by St Austell RFC on Sunday 17 March where the opponents will be Gloucestershire.

 

The Cornwall U20 team manager Colin Hatch said; -”At the last home game 13 new ties were presented to guys on playing their first match for the Cornwall U20. In addition Reuben Edwards, Dan Goldsmith, Jake Penprase, Connor Gilbert and Harry Lightfoot were awarded the first ever CRFU U20 caps for making 7 Championship appearances. This is a fantastic achievement for the guys and shows their commitment to the U20 team over 2 and in Reuben’s case 3 seasons. ”

There will be marketing and sponsorship opportunities with the Under 20’s team and matches, any individuals or companies that may be interested are asked to contact Colin Hatch in the first instance. 

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Bill Hooper

Cornwall RFU Assistant Hon Sec

21/02/19

 


Hampshire U 20 v Cornwall U20

Sunday 24 February @ Havant RFC 1330 kick off

Cornwall Squad 

1

Jack Hodge (Vice Captain)

Redruth 

2

Rory Mead

Bude

3

Chae Jenkins

Launceston

4

Dan Goldsmith

Launceston

5

Mawgan Osborne

P&N Colts

6

Harry Lightfoot

Launceston

7

Aden Brassington

St Ives

8

Torin Clarke (Captain)

Launceston

9

Owen Davey

Truro

10

Will Trewin

Cardiff Met

11

Charlie Levick

Penryn Colts

12

Connor Gilbert

Redruth

13

Jake Penprase

Bath Uni

14

Reuben Edwards

Launceston

15

Aaron Simmonds

Redruth

16

Luke Barnes

Redruth

17

Cain Worley

N/A

18

Eddy Hall

Pirates Amateurs

19

Noah Stanier-Smith

Camborne

20

Jamie Murray

Redruth

21

Alistair Harding

Falmouth

22

James Tucker

Redruth

 

Travelling reserves

23

Alex Bartlett

Launceston

24

Olly Matthews

Wadebridge Camels

25

Adam Long

Camborne

26

Ben Plummer

St Austell

Coaches - Josh Lord + Rich Kevern

Medical cover – Sam West + Lauren Albury

Kit - Paul Hurrell (Head) +Colin Hatch

 

Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup 2019 Draw

 

Draw for the Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup, Plate, Vase and Shield 2019

 

GROUP 1, Cornwall Clubs Cup

Round 1 Sat 23/3/19  VEOR     v ILLOGAN PARK

                                BODMIN v NEWQUAY HORNETS    

Round 2 Sat 30/3/19 ILLOGAN PARK v BODMIN

                               NEWQUAY HORNETS v VEOR

Round 3 Sat 6/4/19 BODMIN v VEOR

                             ILLOGAN PARK v NEWQUAY HORNETS

 

GROUP 2, Cornwall Clubs Plate

Round 1 Sat 23/3/19 LANKELLY-FOWEY v ROSELAND

                              ST. AGNES v HELSTON

 Round 2 Sat 30/03/19 ROSELAND v ST. AGNES

                                HELSTON v LANKELLY-FOWEY

Round 3 Sat 6/4/19   LANKELLY -FOWEY v ST. AGNES

                               HELSTON v ROSELAND

 

GROUP 3, Cornwall Clubs Vase

Round 1 Sat 23/3/19  CAMELFORD v PERRANPORTH

Round 2 Sat 30/3/19 ST. JUST v CAMELFORD

Round 3 Sat 6/4/19 PERRANPORTH v ST. JUST

 

GROUP 4, Cornwall Clubs Shield FINALS DAY ONLY

FINAL Sat 20/4/19 STITHIANS v REDRUTH ALBANY

 

Top two sides from Groups 1,2 & 3 qualify for respective finals.

ALL FINALS TO BE PLAYED ON SATURDAY 20/4/19. VENUE & KICK OFF TIME TBA. 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Truscott feted at Twickenham

 

Camborne Rugby Club stalwart Alan Truscott was a deserved winner of the RFU President's Value the Volunteer Outstanding Contribution Award presented to him at the recent England v France game at Twickenham by coach Eddie Jones.

Truscott’s association with the Cherry & Whites has lasted more than 50 years during which time he has given sterling service as a player, coach and administrator.

He joined Camborne RFC aged 17 in 1963 and wore the famous jersey in over 200 1st XV games mostly at fly half until retiring at the age of 30.  Truscott then moved straight into coaching the ‘Town’ senior team from 1976 through their fantastic centenary year in 78 and on until 1981.  He then became a club selector and assisted with coaching for several years during the 80’s and early 90’s. For 6 years he was a Cornwall selector during which time the Black & Golds reached the county final at Twickenham on 2 occasions (1998/99) winning once.  Later he became Camborne’s Director of Rugby in 2006, then held the dual role of Chairman/Director of Rugby in 2008, continued as Chairman until 2013 and became Chairman for a second tenure in 2015 until standing down in 2017.  For his efforts and long service Truscott was made a Life Member of Camborne RFC in 2014 and awarded Camborne Town Council plaque for ‘dedicated voluntary work’ in 2016.

He commented ‘I was fortunate to be deeply involved as club coach in our centenary in 1978, as a selector in our 125th anniversary in 2003 and would hope to be involved in 2028 when Camborne RFC celebrates its 150th anniversary!’

Venue Change Hampshire U.20s

Cornwall Under 20s fixture away to Hampshire Under 20s on Sunday 24th February in the Jason Leonard Cup has been moved to HAVANT RFC, Fraser Road, Havant, PO9 3EJ.

The game will now be played on the 3G pitch at the club with a 1:30 pm kick-off.  

County squad team building evening

 

 

Cornwall Senior XV Championship season

CRFU selectors, coaches Graham Dawe and Marek Churcher as well as team manager Chris Fuca have met and have a squad of players to attend the team building event hosted by Marc Bishop at sponsors St Austell Tribute Brewery on Friday 22nd February commencing at 7 pm.

Chris Fuca and Julian Wilce will be contacting players and their club coaches inviting them to the event scheduled for Friday 22nd February so that everyone knows the season plan, dates and details. This starts the process of getting the team ready for the Tamar Cup in April to be played in Plymouth at Brickfields and then the Bill Beaumont County Championship games scheduled for May when Cornwall are away to Kent on 4th May at Medway, home at Redruth against Herts on 11th May and then away to Devon at Brixham on the 18th of May.

Chair of selectors, Terry Carter, is pleased with the work of the selectors who have visited all our clubs and identified players who have the calibre to play for the County. He added,‘now it’s down to the players to deliver the results we expect, play with commitment and passion for the black and gold and make Cornwall supporters proud of their team’.

Chris Lea

Chair Representative Rugby Committee

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Cornwall battle hard to beat Devon

 

 

 JASON LEONARD CUP U.20S COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

CORNWALL 29 – 20 DEVON                                                           

By Bill Hooper at Tregorrick Park

With the final play of the game centre Jake Penprase, surged towards the try-line from a horde of players, to dot down a bonus point try confirming an opening day win for Cornwall in this season’s Championship.

Cornwall deserved the win in a pulsating game that flew by and was credit to rugby at this level.

Cornwall head coach Josh Lord was delighted with side’s start to the Championship. He said. “I am delighted we got the bonus point win against a very good Devon side who will cause the other side’s in the group plenty of problems. I thought our game management was top draw; we made some good choices for a young side.

“We want to play heads up rugby and back the player with the ball, at times we played some excellent rugby, however as ever there will things to look at before the next game away to Hampshire.”

The young black and golds made a great start with a try after just four minutes, strong running from skipper Jack Hodge, who had a huge game leading the side by example, and good hands from full-back Aaron Simmonds put flying winger Reuben Edwards in at the corner, Simmonds landing a touchline conversion to the roar of the crowd.

Simmonds was again on the money moments later with a penalty kick to put Cornwall 10-0 up.

Falmouth’s Alistair Harding looked threatening with ball on the wing as did club mate Stan Somers in the back row. 

Devon were give a life-line when Cornwall looked to run the ball from their own line, the Cornish player was tackled and lost possession enabling Devon to work the short side for wing Nick Headley to score an unconverted try.

Devon edged a little closer when skipper Sam Brown knocked over a penalty.

Cornwall’s scrum-half Owen Davey had a tidy game as did No.8 Jamie Eddy, whilst the mid-field combination of Gilbert and Penprase looked threatening when they had the ball. 

It was a titanic struggle at the breakdown and at time tempers flared but Cornwall’s nerves were soothed when Simmonds went over in the corner following a fine mid-field break from centre Connor Gilbert.

Simmonds missed the conversion as he did a penalty chance shortly after to leave Cornwall 15-8 up at half-time.

Devon began the second half strongly aided by a yellow card to Cornish lock Noah Stanier-Smith.

Further pressure saw Devon’s flanker Nathan Davies go over, with Brown adding the conversion to tie the scores 15-all.

Cornwall needed a score and it came from Somers following good forward play, with Simmonds obliging with the conversion.

Devon wouldn’t lie down and they scored a third try when prop Callum Davies was driven over, crucially the conversion hit the post and stayed out.

Cornwall’s win was secured with the final play when Penprase dived through from a powerful maul with Simmonds adding another conversion.

The final whistle was greeted enthusiastically by the sizeable crowd in the grandstand.    

Backs coach Richie Kevern was equally pleased with the result. “The whole side played really well, I was particularly impressed with Owen Davey at scrum-half he controlled the game and I thought Jamie Eddy at No.8 had a strong game. The boys all stuck to the game plan and got their reward at the end with the bonus point try which could be vital.”  

Huge credit must go to the trio from Redruth Hodge, Gilbert and Simmonds who only got home in the early hours of Sunday morning have played for Redruth at Canterbury the previous day.

Cornwall: 15 Aaron Simmonds (Redruth), 14 Reuben Edwards (Launceston), 13 Jake Penprase (Bath Uni), 12 Connor Gilbert (Redruth), 11 Alistair Harding (Falmouth), 10 Will Trewin (Cardiff Met), 9 Owen Davey (Truro); 1 Jack Hodge (Redruth) (Capt), 2 Rory Mead (Bude), 3 Chae Jenkins, 4 Dan Goldsmith (both Launceston), 4 Noah Stanier-Smith (Camborne), 5 Stan Somers (Falmouth), 7 Aden Brassington (St. Ives), 8 Jamie Eddy (Pirates Amatuers) Reps 16. Harry Lightfoot (Launceston), 17 Mawgan Osborne (Pz & N Colts), 18. Eddy Hall (Pirates Amateurs), 19. Alex Bartlett (Launceston),  20 Jamie Murray (Redruth), 21 Adam Long (Camborne), 22 Ben Plummer (St Austell).

Cornwall scores: Tries, Edwards, Simmonds, Somers, Penprase, Cons, Simmonds 3, Pen, Simmonds.

Referee: Joe Binfield (Gloucs)

 

Winning start for Cornwall U.20s

Cornwall U.20s 29 - 20 Devon U.20s

Cornwall claimed a bonus point win in their opening Jason Leonard Cup Pool Match against Devon on Sunday.

Tries for Cornwall were scored by Reuben Edwards, Aaron Simmonds, Stan Somers and Jake Penprase with Simmonds kicking 3 conversions and a penalty.

Commiserations to a valiant Devon side who played some good rugby of their own in an entertaining game.

 

Full report to follow.

Harvey Richards - RIP

 

It is with great sadness that the CRFU learned today of the passing of past County President, Player and County Selector, Harvey Richards.

Harvey played his club rugby for Penzance & Newlyn where he gained his county caps. He also played for Middlesex when he was with Rosslyn Park.

Following his playing days Harvey became a county selector and also in 1973 was prominent in bringing mini rugby into schools in Cornwall. He then became President of Cornwall RFU from 1994-97.

The CRFU wishes to express it's sincerest condolences to Harvey's family and friend at this time.

The funeral service will be held at Marazion Methodist Church on Saturday 9th February at 2 pm, followed afterwards by a gathering at the Godolphin Arms.

 

 

 

Cornwall name side to face Devon

 

 
 

CORNWALL RFU UNDER 20 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

 

The Jason Leonard Cup

 

Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2019 gets underway with their first fixture in the Jason Leonard Cup. Cornwall host neighbours Devon in the first pool game of this season on Sunday February 3 at St Austell RFC with a 1330 kick off time.

 

CRFU President Peter James said, “It is great to get this year’s campaign off with a home tie against our neighbours Devon, who won promotion to the Jason Leonard Cup last season. We thank all our sponsors and St Austell RFC for their support in hosting this group of players in this important game representing Cornwall”

 

The game kicks off at 1330 at Tregorrick Park, home of St Austell RFC with entry of £5, including a programme, for adults and Under 16’s gaining free entry.

 

Coach Josh Lord said –“This will be a good test for this new set of young players and the experienced guys remaining from last season. Although we have had 2 warm up games we are in a different ball game now that the Championship is underway”

 

 Cornwall Captain Jack Hodge said; - “It is an honour to be asked to captain the side for this first game against Devon. I know the guys are up for a tough game as always but have trained well in preparation for the game”

 

Cornwall‘s second pool game will be away to Hampshire at Overton RFC with a 1300 kick off on Sunday February 24. The final pool game will again be hosted by St Austell RFC on Sunday 17 March where the opponents will be Gloucestershire.

 

The CRFU Representative Rugby Chair, Chris Lea said; -”The vagaries of U20 rugby mean we can lose up to 50% of our squad every year through age qualification. There are a number of these guys who will be around for the next 2 seasons and we are always on the lookout at new talent who can come into the squad and join them over the coming seasons”

 

There will be marketing and sponsorship opportunities with the Under 20’s team and matches; any individuals or companies that may be interested are asked to contact Colin Hatch in the first instance. 

 

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Cornwall U20 v Devon U20

 

Sunday 3 February @ St Austell RFC 1330 kick off

 

Cornwall Squad

 

1

Jack Hodge ( Captain)

Redruth 

2

Rory Mead

Bude

3

Chae Jenkins

Launceston

4

Dan Goldsmith

Launceston

5

Stan Somers

Falmouth

6

Will Gibson

Cardiff Met

7

Aden Brassington

St Ives

8

Jamie Eddy

Pirates Amateurs

9

Owen Davey

Truro

10

Will Trewin

Cardiff Met

11

Reuben Edwards

Launceston

12

Connor Gilbert

Redruth

13

Jake Penprase

Bath Uni

14

Alistair Harding

Falmouth

15

Aaron Simmonds

Redruth

16

Harry Lightfoot

Launceston

17

Mawgan Osborne

P&N Colts

18

Noah Stanier-Smith

Camborne

19

Alex Bartlett

Launceston

20

Jamie Murray

Redruth

21

Adam Long

Camborne

22

Ben Plummer

St Austell

 

Travelling reserves

23

Eddy Hall

Pirates Amateurs

24

Olly Matthews

Wadebridge Camels

25

Cain Worley

Liskeard & Looe

26

Joe Vanstone

Launceston

27

Kyle Bradley

Penryn

28

Lawrence Armstrong

Launceston

 

 Coaches - Josh Lord + Rich Kevern

 

Medical cover – Dr John Garman, Sam West + Graham Ashton

 

Kit - Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch

 

 

 
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