TASC 2 Counties colts finals

Saltash receive the Plate

The second TASC sponsored 2 Counties Colts finals took place at Exeter Saracens RFC yesterday. Disappointingly a few sides have dropped out for one reason or another, so the program was a little truncated.

The results are as follows;

Bowl: Exeter Saracens v Okehampton no score known, but Exeter Saracens won

Plate: Saltash 40 – 7 Brixham

Cup & Shield : Launceston 17 – 45 Topsham

Huge thanks to everyone who has had to work doubly hard to get this on, especially Lee Maher.

Devon Bennett-Murray is awarded the Ewart White Memorial trophy as Cornish Player of the tournament

Congratulations to Devon Bennett-Murray from Saltash Colts, who was awarded the Ewart White Memorial Trophy as the best Cornish Player on the day.

Launceston pick up the Shield

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Women & Girl’s Rugby Forum

Cornwall Women & Girl’s Rugby Forum

As another season has passed, we have more girls playing more rugby in Schools, we have more players looking for more playing opportunities and whilst I have an insight as to how the County looks now, we have no forum currently for the clubs to look into the future, this needs to be addressed urgently and for that reason we are calling a meeting at Bodmin RFC – May 15th, 7pm Start for anyone currently involved or that would like to get involved in the W&G’s game in the County…

On the agenda will be;

County WAGS Committee – New
Competitive Rugby for Clubs
County Rugby
Coach Development
RFU Plans for the Future

plus anything else we need to discuss, our County Chairman has kindly offered to chair the meeting, which reiterates how important the management board take the current set up.

Please share far and wide, we have a growing game on our hands and we need to make sure we have control of it! #TeamCornwall

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Cornwall side selected to play Kent

By Bill Hooper, Photos: Simon Bryant Iktisphoto

As expected there is a strong representation from Redruth in the Cornwall side to face Kent on Saturday with no less than seven players is the match day squad.

Dan Job, who did so well in the Tamar Cup, retains his place in the side marking the first ever County Championship cap for a player from Lanner.

The Cornish backline looks very tasty with Alex Ducker and Dean Bonds on the wing whilst the mid-field duo of Jon Dawe and Jack Simmons looks promising.

Jack Oulton of Cornwall (Redruth) throws a pass. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 30/04/19, Cornwall, Training, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

Jack Oulton and Fraser Honey are the half-back pairing and will look to get their line going.

The side is captained by Ben Hilton who partners up with Tony Whittle in the second row.

50 years after his father featured for Cornwall in a County Championship final, Sam Stevens plays for Cornwall, a very proud moment for the family.

Ben Hilton Captain of Cornwall (Barnstaple) passing the ball down from the line-out. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 30/04/19, Cornwall, Training, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

Cornwall side to play Kent
15. Rhys Brownfield   (Camborne)
14. Dean Bonds          (Redruth)
13. Jack Simmons      (Redruth)
12. Jon Dawe              (Plymouth Albion)
11. Alex Ducker          (Camborne)
10. Fraser Honey        (Plymouth Albion)
9. Jack Oulton             (Redruth)
1. Dan Job                  (Lanner)
2. Rob Elloway           (St. Ives)
3. Jess Tompsett        (Redruth
4. Ben Hilton   (Capt) (Barnstaple)
5. Tony Whittle          (Camborne)
6. Grant Randlesome (Penryn)
7. Sam Stevens         (Redruth)
8. Brad Howe             (Redruth)
16. Andruis Zacharovas (Camborne),
17. Matt Ballard (Wadebridge Camels),
18. Rupert Edwards (Wadebridge Camels),
19. George Jones (Penryn),
20. Kyle Speare (Bude),
21. Richie Kevern (Redruth),
22. Taron Peacock (Camborne).

Travelling reserves: Aaron Simmonds (Redruth), Rikki Bentham (Launceston)

Head Coach Graham Dawe

Backs Coach Marek Churcher

Kent to play Cornwall

15. Bryan Hotston (Old Elthamians)

14. Elliot Simmons (Blackheath)

13. Kieran Moffat (Old Elthamians)

12. Mark Cooke, Capt (Blackheath)

11. Kwaku Asiedu (Cambridge)

10. Frank Reynolds (Tunbridge Wells)

9. Charlie Edwards (Tonbridge Juddians)

1. Tom Williams (Blackheath)

2. Nathan Morris (Old Elthamians)  

3. Danny Herriott (Blackheath)

4. Mark Davey (Tonbridge Juddians)

5. Dave Irvine (Tonbridge Juddians)

6. Freddie Owen (Blackheath)

7. Mike Hathaway (Tunbridge Wells)

8. Tom Stradwick (Blackheath)


16. Ryan Jackson (Tonbridge Juddians)

17. Bily Young (Blackheath)

18. Stefan North (Old Elthamians)

19. Nathan Thomas (Old Elthamians)

20. Tom Beaumont (Medway)

21. Jack Daly (Blackheath)

22. Alfie Orris (Medway)

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Cornwall Women to face Somerset

Cornwall Ladies following their game against Dorset & Wilts


By Bill Hooper

Cornwall Women resume their Gill Burns Cup campaign this Sunday at the Commspluss Stadium Hyde Park, Taunton against Somerset Women, kick-off 2:30 pm.

Cornwall Women lost their opening fixture at Launceston last Sunday to group favourites Dorset & Wilts in a tight game with the visitors only pulling away on the scoreboard in the final ten minutes to end up 27-10 winners.

The coaches have made a few changes to the side that lost to Dorset & Wilts, both youngsters from Liskeard-Looe, Megan Stroff (wing) and Leona Hughes (No.8) come into the starting XV, whilst Elizabeth Stacey is set for a first cap off the bench. Vezza Lianne also comes onto the bench.      

Cornwall Women: 15. Amy Bunt (Liskeard-Looe & Plymouth Albion), 14. Megan Stroff (Liskeard-Looe), 13 Jo Roberts (Plymstock AO), 12. Lauren Chenoweth (Penryn), 11. Frankie Perry (Bude & Plymouth Albion), 10. Ro Gomez (Penryn), 9. Amy Warman (Liskeard-Looe & Plymouth Albion); 1.Clare Matthews, 2. Zeta Penrose (capt) (both Penryn), 3.Claire Hannigan (Plymstock AO), 4.Rachel Shackleton, 5.Alex Gallagher (both Bude), 6.Rhian Roberts (Plymstock AO) 7.Katie Bosustow (Penryn), 8 Leona Hughes (Liskeard-Looe).

Replacements: 16. Emma Stefanotti (Bude & Plymouth Albion), 17. Michaella Roberts (Bristol), 18. Vezza Lianne (Plymouth Albion), 19. Lucia Honey (Plymstock AO), 20. Jo Holden, 21. Anna Clooke (both Plymouth Albion) , 22. Elizabeth Stacey (Bath), 23. Mel Ruby (Bude)  

Travelling Reserves: Megan Betts (Penzance), Bethany Hampton (Camborne)   

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Pirates end with a flourish


by Phil Westren

Doncaster Knights 19   Cornish Pirates 46

Cornish Pirates’ co-coach Alan Paver had said pre-match “Our team will be chomping on the bit to get out onto the pitch and aim for a win”, and so it proved. In the process the result also cemented a fifth-place finish in the league.

The Pirates side showed a number of changes in their starting line-up from the side that six days earlier defeated Yorkshire Carnegie at home. Will Cargill returned at fly-half, whilst in the forwards Jack Andrew was named at prop and Dan Lee partnered skipper Brett Beukeboom in the second-row.

On a cool and blustery afternoon at Castle Park the Knights started well, two penalty awards enabling them to acquire territory from where in the sixth minute wing Curtis Wilson was gifted a try that was converted by fly-half Kurt Morath.

Wasting little time to hit back the Pirates soon registered their opening score, wing Robin Wedlake following up a nudge ahead from full-back AJ Cant to dot down his eleventh Championship try of the season. On a less than easy day for kicking, fly-half Will Cargill was unable to add the extra two points.

After ‘Donny’ lost the services of two personnel through injury, midway through the first half Jack Andrew scored from close range to give the Pirates a lead.

Showing a real focus and determination to kick on, a third try for the Pirates was scored by No. 8 Tom Duncan, a fourth bonus point try then followed from Dan Frost, and the energetic hooker scored again just before the break. All three tries were converted by Cargill to give the Pirates a 31-7 half-time lead.

Into the second period, as per the first half it was the home side who scored first, this time with a spectacular counter effort. It was started by Wilson and finished off by full-back Cameron Cowell, with Morath again converting.

After Doncaster conjured up one more try, hooker Ben Hunter emerging from a mass of bodies to stretch over the whitewash, the Pirates added pressure on the throttle to finish strongly. A penalty kicked by Cargill provided settle, wing Alex O’Meara   crossed for try number six and there was a last-minute converted score for replacement Maliq Holden.

 Thrilled overall with the performance, Alan Paver commented post-match:

“After a couple of rough months, we are absolutely over the moon. To have finished as strong as we have with a good win at home against Yorkshire Carnegie last week and then topping the season off with a show like today is just great. In the process we also played some outstanding rugby.

“Our game plan in the first half worked well, so it was important that we strived to stick to task in the second forty. Doncaster are a good side and they managed a couple of scores, however credit to our guys for finishing the game so well.

“For us, the campaign had been in danger of petering out for various reasons, so it was extra important that we finished with a flourish to lead us into next season, which is going to be super-exciting for the club.”

‘Paves’ was speaking from the heart, and he is probably right. In the meantime, supporters should sit back and relax, as summer will pass in a flash.

Doncaster Knights:   15 Cameron Cowell, Curtis Wilson (19 Tom Hicks, 54) 13 Jack Roberts, 12 Mat Clark (22 Lloyd Hayes, 12), 11 Paul Jarvis, 10 Kurt Morath, 9 Tom James (21 Dwayne Polataivao, 45); 1 Richard List (17 Robin Hislop, 46), 2 Ben Hunter (16 James Malcolm, 62), 3 Colin Quigley (18 Joe Sproston, 62), 4 Matt Challinor, 5 Nick Civetta, 6 Ryan Burrows, 7 Michael Hills (c), 8 Rory Pitman (20 Sam Jones, 19).

Cornish Pirates:   15 AJ Cant, 14 Robin Wedlake (21 Maliq Holden, 49), 13 Rory Parata (22 Dan Koster, 49), 12 Callum Patterson, 11 Alex O’Meara, 10 Will Cargill, 9 Alex Day (20 Alex Schwarz, 61); 1 Jack Andrew (17 Marlen Walker, 59), 2 Dan Frost, 3 Jack Owlett (16 Tom Concu, 59), 4 Dan Lee, 5 Brett Beukeboom (c, 18 Nodar Cheishvili, 73), 6 Matt Bolwell, 7 John Stevens, 8 Tom Duncan (19 Jake Clemson, 41).


Doncaster Knights – tries: 14 Curtis Wilson (6), 15 Cameron Cowell (48), 2 Ben Hunter (60); cons: 10 Kurt Morath (6, 48).

Cornish Pirates – tries: 14 Robin Wedlake (10), 3 Jack Andrew (19), 8 Tom Duncan (25), 2 Dan Frost (32, 38), 11 Alex O’Meara (72), 21 Maliq Holden (80); cons: 10 Will Cargill (25, 32, 38, 80); pen: 10 Will Cargill (65).

Referee:   Ian Tempest (RFU)

Attendance:   1065

‘Stirlo’ To Return to The Pirates

The Cornish Pirates last week confirmed the appointment of Chris Stirling as their Director of Rugby for a three-year term, commencing on the 1st May.

Kiwi Chris joins from Yorkshire Carnegie, where he became their Director of Rugby in March last year.

Now aged 56, Chris first visited Cornwall for a seven weeks spell in the autumn of 2008, giving the Pirates advice on how the game had changed and was being played in the southern hemisphere under the ELVs.

His time in the Duchy was a positive one and having impressed many it was perhaps no surprise to hear in January 2009 that he had been appointed in the new role of High Performance Manager for the start of the following season.

With Chris at the helm the Pirates became the first ever winners of the British & Irish Cup in 2010, whilst he also in 2011 led them to a two-legged RFU Championship final against Worcester Warriors, which was lost by an aggregate score of 46-32.

Reluctantly departing the Pirates in April 2012, due to there being a lack of clarity at that time reference plans for the Stadium for Cornwall, Chris returned to New Zealand to take up a role as High Performance Talent Identification Manager for the New Zealand RFU. He later became General Manager High Performance at the Hurricanes before his move to Yorkshire Carnegie.

Commenting on Chris’s appointment, Dicky Evans has said:

“When it became clear that Chris would become available the coaches and myself agreed that, as a matter of priority, we should look at Chris to become our new Director of Rugby – a position we have been looking at for some time.

“As many of our supporters know, when Chris was with us before we enjoyed a brilliant period of success, so he now returns to the Pirates with unfinished business.

“We now have the opportunity to play at our new Stadium within a couple of years and consequently Chris is on board to participate in a three-year programme to hopefully win our league and who knows where that will take us. It will take an immense amount of effort and planning to get into that position we all have wanted for many years, to play for a place in the Premiership.

“Our new Stadium will be fully equipped to help support our financial requirements, the actual developments of which are in the final planning stage. It’s a huge ask for all of us to get this right but we believe that we are taking the right approach with our on-field planning by employing such a well-respected individual as Chris Stirling.

“I do hope you will all join me in welcoming Chris back into the fold.”

Chris is looking forward to his return to Cornwall, saying:

“My prior time in Cornwall, with the Cornish Pirates, was a key factor in both my coaching and personal development, and it is with great excitement that I return to the Mennaye to rekindle my working relationship with Gavin, Alan and all involved at the Pirates.

“All involved in the rugby programme have achieved outstanding results over the last period and the future is extremely exciting. As Director of Rugby my objective is to assist with taking the Cornish Pirates to the next level of performance.”

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Crowdfunder campaign ‘Trying together for Camborne’

Camborne Rugby Club has gone live with a Crowdfunder campaign under the slogan “Trying together for Camborne” which aims to raise vital funds to improve the changing facilities under the grandstand at the iconic “Recreation Ground”.

‘Two years ago, in an incredible show of support, more than 4,000 local people signed our petition to Keep Rugby at the Rec’ explained Cherry & Whites Chairman Andy Gill.

‘This petition was successful and has safeguarded the Recreation Ground for 99 years as a sporting facility for the town’ he added.

The facilities at the Recreation are in need of major investment and the Club set about a three phased project under the banner ‘Project 2018’ to deliver the necessary improvements.

Phase 1, the West Bank spectator improvement was completed last year. Phase 2 beginning later this month will see new entrance gates, the laying of a new water main and improvements in the boiler room.

Funds to plan ahead for Phase 3, the refurbishment of the changing rooms are now the subject of the Crowdfunder appeal. Plans have been drawn up and passed and the project is fully supported by the Town Council.

The Club are delighted to have the backing of Newcastle Falcons Premiership star and Fiji International Josh Matavesi.

Matavesi was a guest at the last South West Premier home game and on hand to launch the £20,000 appeal.

‘Now is the time to improve and modernise these areas which are vital for the current and future players to prosper.’ commented Matavesi who began his rugby in the Cherry & Whites mini/junior section.

To find out more and view a video produced with the support of Sharp’s Brewery please visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/tryingtogetherforcamborne—camborne-rfc

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St. Austell Brewery extend CRFU backing

Picture caption: (Front L-R) Denis Preece and Marc Bishop are joined by CRFU Representative rugby Chair, Chris Lea (back left) and Cornwall Rugby player, Rhys Brownfield.

Tribute extends ‘vital’ sponsorship deal with Cornwall Rugby

Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) has announced a three-year sponsorship agreement with Tribute Cornish Pale Ale, renewing a successful relationship between the two organisations that has run for more than seven years.

The new deal starts with immediate effect and covers sponsorship of both the men’s and women’s County Championship teams, and the annual Tribute Cornwall Cup and Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup, which have recently been won by Wadebridge Camels RFC and Newquay Hornets RFC.

Denis Preece, Chairman of the Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) said: “The CRFU is delighted with the continued support that St Austell Brewery provides through Tribute. It’s vital to the progress of the county teams.

“We are also excited with the generous inclusion of a bonus payment if the team reaches the County Championship final in Twickenham. It’s a great incentive for the boys.”

Marc Bishop, Trade Marketing Manager at St Austell Brewery, said: “St Austell Brewery is really pleased to continue its support of Cornish Rugby. Our long-term partnership with the CRFU has been a key component in the growth of Tribute, which is now one of the UK’s leading premium ales.

“We are very proud to work so closely with our friends at the CRFU, and the wider rugby family in the county, to help them develop the game at all levels.”

For more than twelve years Tribute Cornish Pale Ale has been a key sponsor of the South West Rugby Football Union and the local leagues across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

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Congratulations to our promoted clubs

With the conclusion of the play-offs last Saturday we now know our Cornish clubs that have secured promotion for next season.

Congratulations to Launceston RC on their fine win against Old Centralians on Saturday fighting back from 0-19 down to win 33-22, with player coach Ryan Westren scoring three tries!

Launceston are now back in the South West Premier next season and can look forward to some fine Cornish derbies against Camborne.

Good to see Penryn finally getting back to Western Counties West next season having won the Cornwall & Devon League, well deserved for all at the Borough, with some good derbies against near neighbours Falmouth to look forward to.

Well done also to Veor, who dominated Cornwall 1 this season and are back in the Cornwall & Devon League next season.

Congratulations to St. Agnes who took Cornwall 2 as well as winning the Tribute Clubs Plate.

They are joined by St. Just as runners-up in Cornwall 2.

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London Cornish Newsletter

The April edition of the London Cornish RFC newsletter, The Animal, is available in the link


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Late scores deny Cornwall



 A couple of late tries from the visitors settled this entertaining opening round Gill Burns Cup tie, reports Bill Hooper from Polson Bridge.

Cornwall began well scoring an early try through flanker Anna Clooke.

Despite good periods of possession, Cornwall couldn’t build on their early score.

Scrum-half Amy Warman distributed well from scrums and rucks getting her line moving. 

Former England Under 20 prop Michaella Roberts drove hard making some good ground.

Dorset & Wilts struck back before half-time to level matters with a try to leave it 5-all at the break.

The visiors took the lead in the second half before Cornwall centre Lauren Chenoweth, one of Cornwall’s stand- out performers on the day, tied the scores with an unconverted try.

It was nip and tuck until Dorset & Wilts got a third try. Cornwall then lost the influential Chenoweth to the bin.

The visitors then went on to score two late tries, with one converted to seal the win.

All the Cornwall girls can be proud of their efforts. Special mention to Michaella Roberts and skipper Zeta Penrose also Verity Waters in the pack, whilst outside Amy Bunt, Emma Stefanotti and Frankie Perry caught the eye with some good runs.

Speaking after the game Cornwall Women’s team manager Lorrie Osman was proud of the side’s performance. She said. “I was delighted with the girls all round game today, last season we lost heavily to them, so to hold them until the last ten minutes was very encouraging.

“I look forward to next Sunday’s game against Somerset at Taunton, the girls can travel with belief that they can get the rewards they deserve.”

After the game all the women plus some of last season’s squad received their player’s ties from CRFU President Peter James. 

The Women are back in action this Sunday against Somerset at Taunton RFC, kick-off 2:30 pm.

Cornwall:  Frankie Perry (Bude & Plymouth Albion), Emma Stefanotti (Bude & Plymouth Albion), Jo Roberts (Plymstock AO), Lauren Chenoweth (Penryn),  Amy Bunt (Liskeard-Looe & Plymouth Albion),  Shannon Hocking (Plymstock AO), Amy Warman (Liskeard-Looe & Plymouth Albion); Michaella Roberts (Bristol Bears), Zeta Penrose (Capt), Clare Matthews (both Penryn), Rachel Shackleton, Alex Gallagher (both Bude), Verity Waters, Anna Clooke, Jo Holden (all Plymouth Albion).

Replacements: Mel Ruby (Bude), Claire Hannigan,  Lucia Honey (both Plymstock AO), Katie Bosustow (Penryn),  Rhian Roberts (Plymstock AO), Ro Gomez (Penryn),  Megan Betts (Penzance)

Travelling Reserves: Leona Hughes, Megan Shroff (both Liskeard-Looe)  

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