Bill Hooper

Bill Hooper

Assistant Hon. Secretary Cornwall RFU

Change of kick-off time Cornwall Under 20

Please note the kick-off time for Cornwall Under 20's fixture with Gloucestershire Under 20 on Sunday 17th March at St. Austell RFC in the Jason Leonard Cup has been put back half-an-hour. Kick-off will now be at 1:30 pm.

This is to facilitate both St. Austell RFC and Gloucestershire RFU on the day.

Bill Hooper

Assistant Hon.Sec Cornwall RFU. 

Cornwall Girls compete well at Tavistock

Cornwall Girls U.15 compete well at Tavistock                               

Report by backs coach Ross Tucknott.

Cornwall Girls U15s kicked off their 3-legged, festival-style campaign in style, beating Somerset and Gloucestershire and losing narrowly to Devon.

A warm, sunny Tavistock RFC saw a blistering opener as Cornwall hit the ground running against a much-fancied Somerset, with second row Paige Clarke opening the scoring after just 8 surging phases from halfway to tryline. Then from the restart Cornwall marched straight back once more, with 11 different players handling across 10 more phases of sweeping backs moves and driving forward runs to set up Josie Plant for a relatively simple finish, with Somerset's only consolation being that the extras were so far eluding our kickers.

It was almost a third straight after, but a pass from centre Millie Osman which looked set to give full-back Betty Matthews and wing Ellie Richards a clear run-in instead slipped through the fingers and to the feet of Somerset's nimble fly-half, who hacked it forwards three times and won the race to dive on in over the try line. Somerset converted to close the gap to three points, but Cornwall continued to dominate and were rewarded by Ellie Richards powering through a high tackle to the line after yet more patient play orchestrated by scrum half Anna Garman.

Somerset then enjoyed their best spell of the game, with a succession of Cornish penalties finally costing them as the opposition 7 powered past a tackle and over the whitewash from a tap and go, the conversion reducing Cornwall's lead to a single point at the halfway mark. Introducing fresh legs though made an immediate impact, with replacements Hannah Dawes and Abby Smith combining to race from deep inside their own 22 to be stopped just short by a high tackle, with fellow sub Hannah Statton picking up and finishing instead. Captain Sophie Daniel's conversion attempt sadly proved to be her last play of the day after injuring her foot, but her replacement fly half Emily Hoskin's kick into the corner soon after set the platform for Plant to peel from the back of the maul and power over for her second try.

Cornwall then finished with a stylish sixth try after a turnover won by centre Tamsin Wilson's powerful counter-rucking. Plant and player-of-the-day Evie Curnow powered forward, then the ball went through the hands to Smith who cut back inside through several opponents to score between the posts, giving a grateful Hoskin the teams' first (and only!) conversion of the day.

Final Score: Somerset 14 – Cornwall 32

With the first game over-running a little, there was precious little respite before the next half-hour encounter with a Devon side who had selected from a player pool triple the size of our own, and the fatigue, heat and nerves of both sides showed in the opening exchanges. Winning a scrum against the head then put wind in the Cornish sails, with winger Maddie Meagan then Plant making massive line breaks to put Cornwall into the Devon 22 only for a knock-on in front of the posts to hand the home side some respite. Respite turned to territory after a pair of Cornish infringements, and strong tackles from Meagan and flanker Maeve Turley were needed to thwart a dangerous break down to the right.

Perhaps after 12 scrums in 14 minutes the referee was just as fatigued by them as both packs, so play continued as he waved away what appeared to be a Devon knock-on inside the Cornish 22 as solely off the knee instead. Smith dived on the loose ball but green shirts were the first to follow up, and with the Cornish winger unable to recover quickly enough Devon raced into the corner to break the deadlock, with the extras missed from out wide.

The home side then manage to weather another 7 minutes of pressure inside their 22, culminating in tired Cornish legs being adjudged to have gone of their feet at a ruck on the Devon try line. With ball finally back in hand Devon broke, stopped temporarily by a fantastic one-on-one head-on tackle by vice captain Matthews on her own 22, but the green horde played the ball through their hands admirably to put themselves in at the corner then back around under the posts for a converted score with four minutes left.

With time ticking away, a canny interception by second row Lilly Jehu on her 22 set in motion a series of powerful driving runs from the majority of the pack all the way up to the five-metre line, giving Clarke the platform to pick up and drive over for her second try of the day, with Matthews missing the conversion on the final whistle.

Final Score: Devon 12 – 5 Cornwall

Having finished on a high, Cornwall started against Gloucestershire where they'd left off with Plant completing her hattrick. Then followed Cornwall's longest period of defence all day, as slowly but surely the black and gold shirt drove back their opponents tackle by tackle from the the Cornish 5m line all the way back to the Gloucestershire 10m before forcing the knock-on. Plant was soon after held up on the line then drove just short, before Clarke completed her own hattrick from a tapped penalty from 5m out.

The remaining quarter of an hour saw plenty of Cornish pressure without reward, only for a succession of tired infringements to then force one last big defensive effort at the end to maintain a hard-fought lead against some ambitious flowing rugby.

Final Score: Gloucestershire 0 – 10 Cornwall

After a much-needed break over lunch play resumed in a 4-way sevens tournament, giving most of the Cornish girls their first taste of the format.

After a long morning of 15-a-sides and facing fresher 7s specialists it proved a bridge too far for Cornwall though. The girls fought hard to achieve very respectable losses to eventual winners Somerset and home side Devon, but with both injuries and play time mounting it was decided to award final opponents Gloucestershire a walkover in the final game.

However, despite the defeats the overwhelming consensus from the girls as they came off the pitch was that 7s was good fun. Exhausting... but good fun! With two more rounds of this festival format yet to come against the same opponents there'll be plenty of opportunity to explore and improve on our showing here.

Thank you to Tavistock RFC for hosting us so well, to the referees, and to the parents who cheered on their girls from start to finish!

Squad: Sophie Daniel, Josie Plant, Evie Curnow, Ellie Richards, Rosie Innins, Eloise Maniglia, India Bennett, Millie Osman, Pyper Karkeek, Lucy Mills, Farrah Sarle, Paige Clarke, Hannah Dawes, Hannah Statton, Emily Joyce, Avril Crabb, Anna Garmen, Izzy Holmes, Nicola Wormsley, Maddie Meagan, Emily Hoskin, Maeve Turley, Betty Matthews, Abbey Smith, Tamsin Wilson, Ellen Armstrong, Chiana Alee, Lilly Jehu, Ellie Bardoe.

Coaches: Gavin Mountjoy, Ross Tucknott


Cornwall secure place in last eight



By Bill Hooper

Cornwall’s youngsters produced a scintillating performance on a glorious afternoon on the 3G pitch at Havant scoring nine tries and eight conversions to secure a place in the national quarter-finals.

Whether that will be a home draw or not will depend on their final pool game against the other unbeaten side in the pool Gloucestershire whom they meet on Sunday 17th March at St. Austell RFC with a 1:30 pm kick-off.

Backs coach Richie Kevern was delighted with his side’s performance. He said.  It was a really good performance by the whole squad, first 30minutes we were clinical in all areas. Credit to Hampshire who never gave up and made things difficult in the second half. It builds nicely for a top of the table clash against Gloucestershire for a home quarter-final.”

Hampshire pressurised Cornwall from the kick-off pinning them in their twenty-two, but Cornwall lifted the siege with a blistering counter that led to a try from scrum-half Owen Davey, converted by full-back Aaron Simmonds, who went on to kick eight conversions during the game.

Cornwall then ran riot scoring another three tries before the end of the first quarter. Prop Jack Hodge powered over for Cornwall’s second and then turned provider with a neat kick ahead for fellow Red, centre Connor Gilbert to beat the cover and score.

Lock Mawgan Osborne rounded off a fine move for the bonus point try to put Cornwall in a commanding position 28-0 up.

The Cornish lads didn’t lift their foot off the pedal scoring three further tries before the break through Gilbert, his second, flanker Aden Brassington and Osborne for his brace.

Hampshire bagged a consolation just on half-time when lock Balazs Magda powered over near the sticks, with skipper Nick Blumlein converting, but at 7-49 down at the turn the game was gone for the home side.

Hampshire began the second half on the front foot, but an interception by Jake Penprase saw the centre race in from his own half to increase Cornwall’s lead.

Cornwall’s final try came from replacement James Tucker who tore down the wing to score the only unconverted try of the afternoon.

Replacement lock Noah Stanier-Smith was yellow carded reducing Cornwall to fourteen for ten minutes which allowed Hampshire to score their second try through scrum-half Ollie Burden, Blumlein adding the extras.

The final whistle brought cheers from the Cornish contingent, attention now turns to the game against Gloucestershire, who beat Devon at Crediton 43-12 and are currently level on points with Cornwall with 10 points in the pool.

HAMPSHIRE U.20s: Cameron McDonald (Bracknell), Ross Fraser (London Scottish & St.Mary's University), Ollie Fielder (Alton), Cameron McGuigan (Havant), Alex Gooch (University of Loughborough), Nick Blumlein (Petersfield, capt), Ollie Burden (Alton); George Cotterell (Bracknell), Tom Mew (Bracknell), Mike Gorry (Trojans & Oxford University), Toby Warburton (London Scottish), Balazs Magda (Chichester & University of Chichester), Will Owen (Havant), Karter Whittock (Alton), Pita Koroi (London Scottish). 

Replacements: Alex Hankins (Alton & University of Portsmouth), Sam Walker (Trojans), Adam Richards (Basingstoke & University of Portsmouth), Luke Spring (Richmond), Josh Prior (St.Mary's University), Will Matthews (Petersfield & University of Portsmouth), Charlie Atkinson (Worthing Raiders).     

CORNWALL U.20: Aaron Simmonds (Redruth), Reuben Edwards (Launceston), Jake Penprase (University of Bath), Connor Gilbert (Redruth), Charlie Levick (Penryn Colts), Will Trewin (Cardiff Met University), Owen Davey (Truro); Jack Hodge (Redruth), Rory Mead (Bude), Chae Jenkins (Launceston), Dan Goldsmith (Launceston), Mawgan Osborne (Penzance and Newlyn Colts), Harry Lightfoot (Launceston) Aden Brassington (St.Ives), Torin Clarke (Launceston, capt).

Replacements: Luke Barnes (Redruth), Cain Worley (unattached), Eddy Hall (Pirates Amateurs), Noah Stanier-Smith (Camborne), Jamie Murray (Redruth), Alistair Harding (Falmouth), James Tucker (Redruth).

Cornwall scores: Tries, Davey, Hodge, Gilbert 2, Osborne 2, Brassington, Penprase, Tucker, Cons, Simmonds 8. 

Referee: Lloyd Davies (Somerset RRS)



Win for Cornwall U.20

Hampshire U.20 14 - 61 Cornwall U.20

Cornwall U.20s ran in eight tries in a comprehensive win this afternoon at Havant to defeat Hampshire U.20s in their second pool game in this season's Jason Leonard Cup.

Well done Cornwall and commiserations to Hampshire.

Cornwall's final pool game will be against Gloucestershire U.20s at St. Austell RFC on Sunday 17th March kick-off 1 pm.

Cornwall Under 20s to face Hampshire




 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



Hampshire U 20 v Cornwall U20

Sunday 24 February @ Havant RFC 1330 kick off

Cornwall Squad 


Jack Hodge (Vice Captain)



Rory Mead



Chae Jenkins



Dan Goldsmith



Mawgan Osborne

P&N Colts


Harry Lightfoot



Aden Brassington

St Ives


Torin Clarke (Captain)



Owen Davey



Will Trewin

Cardiff Met


Charlie Levick

Penryn Colts


Connor Gilbert



Jake Penprase

Bath Uni


Reuben Edwards



Aaron Simmonds



Luke Barnes



Cain Worley



Eddy Hall

Pirates Amateurs


Noah Stanier-Smith



Jamie Murray



Alistair Harding



James Tucker



Travelling reserves


Alex Bartlett



Olly Matthews

Wadebridge Camels


Adam Long



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


                              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



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







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




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)

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