Bill Hooper

Bill Hooper

Assistant Hon. Secretary Cornwall RFU

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




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





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



Jack Hodge ( Captain)



Rory Mead



Chae Jenkins



Dan Goldsmith



Stan Somers



Will Gibson

Cardiff Met


Aden Brassington

St Ives


Jamie Eddy

Pirates Amateurs


Owen Davey



Will Trewin

Cardiff Met


Reuben Edwards



Connor Gilbert



Jake Penprase

Bath Uni


Alistair Harding



Aaron Simmonds



Harry Lightfoot



Mawgan Osborne

P&N Colts


Noah Stanier-Smith



Alex Bartlett



Jamie Murray



Adam Long



Ben Plummer

St Austell


Travelling reserves


Eddy Hall

Pirates Amateurs


Olly Matthews

Wadebridge Camels


Cain Worley

Liskeard & Looe


Joe Vanstone



Kyle Bradley



Lawrence Armstrong



 Coaches - Josh Lord + Rich Kevern


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


Kit - Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch




Coaches pleased ahead of Devon clash




Cornwall U.20s put in an encouraging performance in their final warm-up game ahead of this season’s Jason Leonard Cup campaign.

Under the Hayle floodlights coaches Josh Lord and Richie Kevern gave all their extended squad a good run out as the youngsters defeated a willing RNAS Culdrose XV by 47-5.

After the game both coaches gave their thoughts ahead of their final training session at Truro College, this Sunday, before sitting down to pick the squad to face Devon in their opening championship game at St. Austell RFC on Sunday 3rd February, kick-off 1:30 pm. “The result didn’t really matter tonight, began Lord, these games are about individual performances and putting tactics in place and as we showed tonight if you get that right then you’ll get the result you want.

“A lot of the boys really stood out tonight and put their hat in the ring for selection for the Devon game and I think we have the makings of a very fine squad heading into the championship.

Lord is delighted to be faced with some tough choices selecting his squad. “It’s the sort of dilemma you are happy to have, Richie and I will sit down and go through squad to make sure we pick the best side we can for the opening game.

Richie Kevern was equally pleased with what he saw on the pitch during the evening. “From the backs point of view I was very pleased, we had some new faces in again tonight and they looked very exciting going forward, it was good to watch and big improvement from the last game against the Fire Brigade.

Kevern was alos pleased with his side’s defence. “They certainly tackled their hearts out and did well to restrict the Navy boys to just one score.

Kevern couldn’t conceal his pleasure at his side’s willingness to attack and make great use of the ball. “We showed so much intent out there and our continuation was top-draw, some of the tries were really well finished off.

“The boys are chomping at the bit to get stuck into Devon, but as I told them championship games are another level in intensity and they are going to have be at the top of their game to get that vital first win.”       

Gill Burns Cup Fixtures 2019


Cornwall Senior Ladies XV are looking to build this season on their first year in 2018 playing in this competition.

Cornwall are again drawn in Pool 3 of the Gill Burns Division 2 along with Dorset & Wilts and Somerset;

Sunday 28th April Cornwall Ladies v Dorset & Wilts Ladies @ Launceston RC

Sunday 5th May Somerset Ladies v Cornwall Ladies @ Taunton RFC 2:30 pm

Further information regarding kick-off time for the Dorset & Wilts game will be added when advised.


The ladies team will play a warm up match against Plymstock Albion Oaks Ladies details below;

Sunday 7th April Plymstock Albion Oaks Ladies v Cornwall Ladies 2 pm.



Charity Match



In aid of Testicular Cancer. Match to be played at Wadebridge Camels RFC on Sunday 10th February 2019 kick-off 1 pm.

Please support this worthy cause.


Please note the following new contact details;

Terry Williams Hon. Sec Cornwall RFU e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mobile: 07753 114727

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Mobile 07772 779667

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