Bill Hooper

Bill Hooper

Assistant Hon. Secretary Cornwall RFU

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)

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Pro forma below

Under 20 nominations form Adobe


Tyler Gendall appointed forwards coach for Under 20s



Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2019 is well underway with preparations being made for the coming season.


The fixtures have not yet been released, but a list of eligible players is being complied. All clubs within the county will be asked to nominate players they think suitable for representing their club and the county at this age level prior to a team building team event in November.


We plan to play two warm up games against RNAS Culdrose and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service in preparation for the first championship game.


On the coaching side there has been a change with forwards coach Josh Lord deciding to step down due to work and family commitments. The CRFU wish to place on record their thanks to Josh for his hard work over the last couple of seasons with Cornwall Under 20 reaching the final of the Jason Leonard Cup in 2018 being the highlight.


Richie Kevern will continue as the backs coach fresh from his success with the senior team in the Bill Beaumont Cup at Twickenham, and continues to play for Redruth at National Two level.


Joining Richie is a former Cornwall U20 player Tyler Gendall. Tyler, who was Trelawny’s Army Cornwall Under 20 player of the year in 2014,  went on to play for the Cornish Pirates in the Championship before joining Bristol and then Harlequins in the Premiership before returning to the Mennaye and Championship rugby. Tyler has now retired from professional rugby and has joined St. Ives as forwards coach.


Chair of CRFU Representative Rugby Chris Lea said. “I am delighted to keep the services of Richie with all his experience for Cornwall, and Redruth in the National leagues, and am delighted to welcome Tyler in to the coaching team bringing with him a wealth of experience at the highest level of English rugby.”


Any enquires concerning the CRFU U20 should be addressed to the team manager Colin Hatch;-


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Mob – 07967725368


Bill Hooper,

Cornwall RFU Assistant Hon Sec 

South West Under 20 roles

THE South West Under-20s are looking to appoint an honorary divisional chair of selectors and an honorary assistant coach for the 2019-20 season.

The selectors’ job will support the divisional team manager and national chairman of selectors to identify a divisional squad by ensuring that a uniform player assessment and grading system is in place for inter-CB matches and the national selection weekend on May 8/9/10.

The post-holder will ensure the RFU’s objectives for the England Counties U20s’ programme are achieved by leading the implementation of a consistent player assessment and selection system at divisional and CB levels in accordance with RFU policies on player assessment & selection.

They will be responsible for establishing effective working relationships with CB personnel to ensure that all inter-CB matches are observed and assessed to form a divisional squad in accordance with RFU policies for this programme.

Applicants should demonstrate significant experience of coaching, assessing, and selecting players at CB and or divisional levels and hold a minimum of a RFU / UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification or its recognised equivalent.

The South West Under-20s are also seeking an honorary assistant coach for the 2019-20 season.

They will support the divisional team manager and head coach to prepare a divisional squad for the national selection weekend on May 8/9/10, 2020.

Applicants should demonstrate significant experience of coaching, club, CB and/or divisional levels and hold a minimum of a RFU / UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification or its recognised equivalent.

Applications for both posts should be in writing together with a rugby CV and should be sent by email to Nigel Gooding at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your experience, qualifications, and suitability for this role.

Closing date for applications is 30.8.19. Interviews will be held in September 2019

Tribute Cornwall RFU Knockout Cup 1st Rd Draw







Clubs Taking Part In First Round

1 Bude RFC

2 Falmouth RFC

3 Veor RFC

4 Lanner RFC

5 Liskeard/Looe RFC

6 Penryn RFC

7 Pirates Amateurs RFC

8 Saltash RFC

9 St Austell RFC

10 St Ives RFC

11 Truro RFC

12 Wadebridge Camels RFC

Four Clubs will have a bye in the first round.

Clubs with a bye are

No 12 Wadebridge Camels RFC

No 10 St Ives RFC

No 6 Penryn RFC

No 9 St Austell RFC

Draw for the 1st Round

No 7 Pirates Amateurs                       V    No 1 Bude

No 2 Falmouth                                   V    No 8 Saltash

No 11 Truro                                        V   No 4 Lanner

No 3 Veor                                           V   No 5 Liskeard/Looe

First Round will be played on or before the 3rd November 2019

Quarter Finals will be played on the 30th November 2019 (updated)

Semi Finals will be played on the 22nd February 2020

Finals to be played on Easter Monday 13th April 2020 venue & kick-off time to be announced.




Age Grade Rugby Update


Changes are coming to Age Grade Rugby, further details will be released on 1st August.

Key changes in the link Age Grade Rugby Key Changes


Any further queries please contact Jonny Stephenson Cornwall RDO.

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Cornwall Rugby Skills Program

'Cornwall Rugby Skills Programme'


The new season is upon us and now the application forms are ready to download for your son to enrol on to the new Cornwall Rugby Skills Programme (formally known as DPP). 


This programme replaces the old DPP system but follows a very similar format for U14, U15 & U16 players. Please see attached forms for info on dates and enrolment costs.


Many Thanks Rich Siveter

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U.14 CRSP Application form

U.15 CRSP Application form

U.16 CRSP Application form





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Photo: Richard Simeons / Simon Bryant Iktisphoto


Outgoing County President Peter James welcomed everyone to a well attended AGM held at County Hall.

Peter spoke warmly of his time in office and wished his successor John Sumnall well for his 3 year term.

Peter spoke of his delight and pride in the success of the Cornwall side at Twickenham and once again congratulated the players and all the staff involved with the side.

Peter also paid tribute to CRFU committee, especially those not seeking re-election, notably Chairman Denis Preece and Hon.Treasurer Richard Simeons. 

Dave Saunter succeeds Denis as Chairman, whilst Andy Richards becomes Hon. Treasurer. 

After the formal business, Richard Simeons was made a Life Member of the Union, whilst former Hon.Secretary Roger Watson and Nigel Dennis (Lankelly-Fowey) were made Life Vice-Presidents.

A suitable presentation will be made to Denis Preece at a later date.






Cornish girls selected for Centre of Excellence Program


Centre of Excellence Trials for Cornwall's Girls




Following nomination by their coaches, 16 representatives of last season's Cornwall Girls U18s and U15s squads have been invited for trials for the RFU Centre of Excellence programme for 2019/20.


The Centre of Excellence programme is the next step on from County competition on the Player Pathway in girls rugby, delivered at Bristol Bears and the other Tyrrells Premier 15s clubs.



Focusing on individual player skills, acceptance to the numerous advanced sessions delivered by the Centre of Excellence across the season can provide both a massive boost to the playing abilities of the accepted individuals, and to the strength of their clubs and Cornwall too!



The girls attending the trials at Bristol Bears Women's Shaftesbury Park on July 7th are Mia Abbott-Smith, Lizzie Langton, Nadine Vincent, Beth Marks, Megan Moriarty, Mia Wray, Louise Daniel, Chloe Shrosbee, Olivia Rowland (all Cornwall U18s); Evie Curnow, Paige Clarke, Lily Jehu, Sophie Daniel, Abby Smith, Hannah Davies, Betty Matthews (all Cornwall U15s).




Best of luck girls!

Ross Tucknott

Chair of Women & Girls Committee

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