Bill Hooper

Bill Hooper

Assistant Hon. Secretary Cornwall RFU

Date of 2020 Tamar Cup


Ben Hilton holds the Tamar Cup aloft. Photo Simon Bryant. 


Cornwall will defend the Tamar Cup against Devon on the Tuesday evening of 21st April 2020. The game will be played at Tregorrick Park, ST. AUSTELL RFC. Kick off time will be advised nearer the date. Thank you to the St. Austell club for agreeing to stage the game.


These will be advised when released by the RFU.

Upcoming courses ERRA & ERCA

Cornishmen Nowell & Cowan-Dickie named in World Cup Squad


Cornishmen Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie were named in England's 31 man squad for the forthcoming  Rugby World Cup in Japan next month.

Cowan-Dickie impressed in England's warm up again against Wales at Twickenham on Sunday, whilst for Nowell it's a race to get fit ahead of the tournament.

Both players come from Newlyn and came through the ranks at Penzance & Newlyn and Truro College before progressing to Exeter Chiefs.

Speaking at the announcement England's Head Coach Eddie Jones said. “Today is another step in the progress towards the Rugby World Cup.

"We have taken the decision to go early because of what we learned from previous campaigns. We want the squad to know early and now we can get on and be the best prepared England side there has ever been, ready to win the World Cup.”
On the players not selected Jones added: “A lot of good players have missed out, we feel for them, I feel for them personally. But as we know the World Cup is an incredible tournament where opportunities can present themselves and all those players who have missed out have been told they have to be ready.”
England have three matches against Wales (17 August), Ireland (24 August) and Italy (6 September) before the tournament starts. Jones said of their importance: “Every game is an opportunity to improve our game fitness, our team cohesion, and our tactical adaptability. Each game for us will have a specific purpose.”
England will begin their Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan against Tonga in Sapporo (22 September, KO 11:15am UK time) before playing USA Rugby in Kobe (26 September, KO 11:45am UK time), Argentina in Tokyo (5 October, KO 09:00am UK time) and France in Yokohama (12 October, KO 09:15am UK time).
England’s official Rugby World Cup squad
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 86 caps) **
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 11 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 10 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 37 caps) *
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27 caps)
George Kruis (Saracens, 32 caps) *
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 59 caps) *
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 72 caps) **
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 58 caps) *
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 22 caps)
Jack Singleton (Saracens, 1 cap)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 9 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 42 caps) *
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53 caps) *
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons / Sale Sharks, 13 caps)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 5 caps)
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 31 caps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 70 caps) *
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 56 caps) *
Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 41 caps) *
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 45 caps) *
Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 33 caps) *
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps) *
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 33 caps) *
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 34 caps) *
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 86 caps) **
* number of Rugby World Cup tournaments played



Girls Rugby Development Day

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Calling all U14s-U18s: new season, new skills! Join the rest of Cornwall's rugby girls for an afternoon of training sessions delivered by experienced qualified coaches to help improve your game for the season ahead. There'll be something for everyone, whether you've been tearing up the try line for 10 minutes or 10 years!

New players more than welcome: turn up, try out and be welcomed by prospective teammates and coaches! With 11 Cornish clubs from Penzance to Bude offering girls rugby this season we can match you up with your nearest club or whichever trains on evenings you have free.

Further details contact Ross Tucknott e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Cornwall U.17's Trial Process

Please click on the link for details of the Development day to be held at Bodmin RFC on Sunday 24th November, 10am - 4pm. For further details contact James Mills e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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England Counties Hon. Head Coach



England Counties are seeking to appoint an honorary Head Coach. The successful applicant will be appointed for the 19/20 programme (tour to Romania in June 2020)


Honorary Team Manager, England Counties XV.

England Counties Management Team, RFU staff, CB and National League club managers and coaches.

The post-holder will lead the coaching team and planning of the coaching programme to provide a positive and successful playing environment. Provide high quality coaching to community rugby-based players to enable them to perform at their optimum level whilst enhancing the County Championship and club rugby.

• Ensure the RFU’s objectives are achieved for the England Counties XV by leading the preparation of the team’s coaching programme to develop the skills and understanding of the players.
• Lead the coaching and manage the contribution of the coaching staff to ensure the players receive the highest quality coaching, preparation and feedback.
• Work in conjunction with the Team Manager to facilitate the selection of players from Constituent Bodies in an objective manner.
• Evaluate all coaching sessions and games with the coaching team and players.
• Provide constructive feedback to players to enable them to continue with their development beyond England Counties.
• Attend the meetings of the National Delivery Team.
• Participate in an annual review of performance and commit to personal development.
• Ensure that the coaching and playing squad present themselves as ambassadors for the Rugby Football Union and act within accordance of the Core Values of the sport.
• Work with the Management team to ensure successful experiences for all members of the squad, including upholding any Code of Conduct, together with promoting rugby in hosting countries.

• Hold a minimum of an RFU / UKCC Level 3 Coaching Qualification or its recognised equivalent.
• Demonstrates a track record of personal coach development.
• Articulates and delivers a clear playing and coaching philosophy that is in accordance with the objectives of the programme.
• Self-motivated, committed and enthusiastic about coaching rugby union.
• Has significant experience of coaching adults at Club and CB level.
• Is strongly biased towards a Player Centred approach to coaching.
• Creates an environment that balances player development with team performance.
• Is able to lead & manage people.
• Is able to articulate and deliver sound coaching processes relative to the programme.
• Has a sound understanding of the RFU aspirational programmes.
• Sets high standards of personal accountability, reliability and responsibility for the players and staff.
• Is able to work effectively with other members of the Management Team.

The post holder is accountable to the England Counties Team Manager and National Delivery Team for the successful delivery of the responsibilities as outlined above.

The term for the position is 2 years subject to annual review, with a further two years by mutual consent.

Applications, with a cover letter and Rugby CV, should be sent to: Peter Taylor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The closing date for all applications is Thu 22 Aug. Interviews will take place on Wed 28 Aug.

For further information and/or an informal discussion please contact: Dan Cook, England Counties Team Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07770 582182.

Cornwall Rugby Sages

Cornwall Rugby Sages kick-off their new season with a get-together at REDRUTH RFC on Thursday 5th September, kick-off 2pm. All welcome to meet up for a chat and a pint. 

Cornwall Under 20s selection process







05 August 2019

To All Club Secretaries / Club Coaches


Cornwall Under 20 – Training Squads 2019 / 2020


I am writing as the CRFU Under 20 Team Manager to ask for your assistance with the coming season. We would like you to nominate players that you feel have the skill / knowledge and potential to represent your club at County Under 20 level.

The squad will be coached by Rich Kevern and Tyler Gendall who act as a link for these young players into the full County squad. We will be holding a training selection session early in the new season with the aim of concentrating training before the start of their Championships in February 2019.

We are looking for players to be nominated who have the potential to perform at this higher level of rugby. Last season we reached the quarter final of the Jason Leonard Cup.

The requirements are, players nominated must be under 20 years of age on 1st September 2019 and at least 17 years of age by the day of the match.

If you wish to discuss any potential players then please do not hesitate to contact myself in the first instance on the details above or in the county handbook. I thank you in anticipation of your support.

Please complete and return the pro forma by no later than 05 September 2019 to me by email or over the phone.


Colin Hatch

Under 20 Team Manager

Mobile: 07967725368, e-mail:
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or Chris Lea (Chairman of Representative Rugby)

Mobile:07773194343, email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pro forma below

Under 20 nominations form Adobe

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