Cornwall Under 20’s to face Devon

Richard Kevern Backs Coach of Cornwall U20s and Tyler Gendall Forwards Coach of Cornwall U20s watch training. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2020 gets underway, this Sunday 26th January, with their first fixture in the Jason Leonard Cup. The team travel to neighbours Devon for their first pool game of the competition. The game will be played at Ivybridge RFC.

CRFU President John Sumnall said “It is great to get this year’s campaign off with a local tie against our neighbours Devon. We thank all our sponsors for their support and assistance with this group of players in this important game representing Cornwall. It is fantastic to see so many different clubs represented, and we thank them for their support to enable these fixtures to be played”

The game kicks off at 14:00 at Ivybridge and will be played on the all-weather pitch.

Coach Rich Kevern 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 two warm up games we are in a different ball game now that the Championship is underway. We had a tight game against Devon last season at St Austell and we know the guys in green and white will be up for a tough game again this season”

Cornwall has a new forwards coach this season with ex Cornwall U20, Championship and Premiership player Tyler Gendall who joins Rich Kevern. Rich’s brother Adam has also been assisting especially during his recovery from injury.

Cornwall U20s skipper Aaron Simmonds v Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Cornwall Captain this season is Aaron Simmonds he said. “It is an honour to be asked to captain the side for this season. I know the guys are up for a tough campaign as always and have trained well in preparation for this game. This is my second season with the 20’s and I know that it is a tough competition and we will have to perform at our best in every game.”

Cornwall‘s second pool game will be home to Berkshire at Camborne RFC with a 13:30 kick off on Sunday February 23. The final pool game will be hosted by Dings RFC in Bristol on Sunday 15 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. This year we have lost even more and so we start to build again with a mixture of players transitioning from the U18’s, new players identified and nominated from clubs around the county. 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.”

Cornwall Squad  v Devon Sunday 26th January

1 Callum Looker Cardiff Met
2 Rory Mead Bude
3 Eliot Salt Cardiff Met
4 Mawgan Osborne Pirates Ams
5 Toby Osborne Pirates Ams
6 Cameron Taylor St Austell
7 Tom Spiers Truro
8 Aden Brassington Redruth
9 Ali Stacey Redruth
10 Aaron Simmonds (Capt) Redruth
11 Max Bullen St Austell
12 Isaak Welsh Truro
13 Ben Plummer St Austell
14 Guy Brooks Penryn
15 Adam Long Camborne
16 James Lambourn Pirates Ams
17 Mishka Fibbens Penryn
18 Jack Wickham Saltash
19 Devon Bennett-Murray Saltash
20 James Tucker St Austell
21 James Murray Redruth
22 Fraser Nottle St Austell
  Travelling reserves
23 Caden Brownfield Hayle
24 Matt Vincent Hayle
25 Adam Hall Redruth
26 Harry Clemo Camborne

Coaches – Rich Kevern + Tyler Gendall, assisted by Adam Kevern

Medical cover – Neville Curnow + Graham Ashton

Kit – Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch


Sunday 26th January 2020   DEVON V CORNWALL @ Ivybridge RFC kick-off 2 pm

Sunday 23rd February 2020 CORNWALL V BERKSHIRE @ Camborne RFC 1:30 pm

Sunday 15th March 2020 GLOUCESTERSHIRE V CORNWALL @ Dings Crusaders 2:30 pm

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Ladies game at Launceston cancelled

Tonight’s game between Cornwall Club Development XV and Launceston Ladies at Polson Bridge has been cancelled due to a water-logged pitch.

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CRFU President John Sumnall’s report back

President’s Diary.

As we enter the second half of the season I would like to share some of my experiences and thoughts during my visits to the Cornwall Clubs and Rugby in Cornwall.

CRFU President John Sumnall

Of the eleven Clubs that I have visited so far, I have been impressed by the commitment that their volunteers give not only to their Club but also to rugby and their community by many different methods. The successful hosting of sponsors at pre match meals and buffets at Bude, Camborne. Launceston and St Austell not only cater for their followers but it also brings in welcome finance and occasionally new people to the game and the Club. Liskeard-Looe provide a very welcome hot drinks cabin adjacent to the pitch and Saltash, on the day that I visited, were selling home made cakes and goodies to help with a mini/junior tour. At Wadebridge, I was impressed by the number of helpers on their two pitches and in the Club House, all volunteers. The number of ex players attending the matches at Newquay Hornets and Penryn state much about the continual commitment and value of these guys and hopefully their current players will follow their example. Deep down in the far south west that great community Club, St Just, had just purchased adjacent land to extend their camping facilities during the summer with the intention of providing even more facilities at their Club.

However, there are unknown benefits to be gained when visiting Clubs and these outcomes include discussing their requirements to enable the CRFU to help to meet, as far as possible, their needs. At Lanner training lights have been arranged. Stithians had ten registered players and two committee members at the beginning of the season and have recently completed all their fixtures well done Stithians. May I remind Clubs that they do not have to wait for a visit. Just ask!

A very pleasant evening was spent at a Cornwall Rugby Referee’s Soceity meeting when a discussion was held entitled “Rugby in Cornwall” and the referees chose to discuss not refereeing but their concern for the state of the game. These included the loss of players between 16 and 18, the introduction of “Game On” and the reasons for the deduction of league points. Most enlightening. Monthly visits are made to the Cornwall Rugby Sages when an update is given on CRFU matters before they enjoy their pasty, pint and singing. These are always well attended by some great past players and stalwarts of Cornish rugby and I thoroughly recommend them to you.

A special highlight was to be invited to the England Women v. France Women at Exeter and not only observe a great win for England but the magnificent spectacle of some 150 girls ferried from Cornwall by our CDCs and others. The Ladies and Girls game is certainly growing in Cornwall from this interest and I wish them every success.

May I wish you all a prosperous New Year and I look forward to visiting more Clubs in the second half of the season.

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Boxing Day joy for the Reds



By Bill Hooper, at the Recreation Ground.

Redruth deservedly regained the Rodda’s Milk Cup with a decisive win against old rivals Camborne in front of a four figure Boxing Day crowd.

The Reds travelled down the road with a strong squad and had the luxury to include a few youngsters to give them a taste of this special occasion.

A Happy Redruth squad having regained the Milk Cup, photo Dan Barbary

Town, roared on by their supporters opened the scoring with a Rhys Brownfield penalty, the lead proved short-lived as Redruth piled on the pressure.

Connor Gilbert made good ground before slipping the scoring pass to Dean Bonds who dived in for the opening try.

Matt Shepherd, having missed the conversion made no mistake with a penalty kick to extend the lead.

Redruth maintained their foot on the throttle as they continued to pound the Camborne line with Jack Hodge, Chris Fuca and Gilbert all going close before Bonds sneaked over for his second try.

A second Brownfield penalty gave some relief to Camborne but the relentless pressure from the Reds continued as their pack mauled their way to a further two tries, both scored by Aden Brassington, and bettered by Shepherd for a 27-6 lead at the break.

Aden Brassington receives the TASC Tony Pill Memorial Cup for man-of-the-match from TASC Press Officer Bill Hooper. Photo Dan Barbary.

As the light faded badly in the second half Redruth wrapped up their win scoring couple more tries through Jack Kessell and Ben Priddey with Shepherd landing a conversion.

The final whistle brought huge cheers from the Redruth supporters as they headed home to celebrate.

Camborne:Bell, Nicholas, Gurnett, Semmens, Thomas, Brownfield, Peacock; Hearn, Southworth, Zacharovas, Cook, Goldsworthy, Lawrence, Nicholls, Rose (Capt)

Replacements: Drew, Stanlieck, Blee

Camborne scores: Pens, Brownfield 2

Redruth: Shepherd, Vinnicombe, Simmons, Gilbert, Bonds, Cummins, Stacey; Hodge, Brassington, Williams, Prisk T, Prisk J, Fuca, Grubb, Fox (Capt)

Replacements: Numerous!

Redruth scores: Tries, Bonds 2, Brassington 2, Kessell, Priddey, Cons, Shepherd 3, Pen, Shepherd

Yellow Card: Williams (60)

Referee: Dan Driscoll (Devon RRS)

Crowd: 1200

Trelawny’s Army Tony Pill Cup man-of-the-match: Aden Brassington,a fine game from the young prospect, scored two tries and worked hard throughout.

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Cornwall U.18, 40 – 10 Bucks U.18

The Cornish 18’s stick 8 tries on Bucks 18s to finish their campaign undefeated and on a high!

Starting XV                                                         Finishes

  1. Matt Trehair (St Austell)                       16. Harry Richardson (Saltash)
  2. Tyler Dower (Camborne)                     17. Dillon Newton (Newquay Hornets)
  3. Declan Prowse (Pz&N & St Just)         18. Cameron Richards (Redruth)
  4. Jack Hoskin (St. Austell)                       19. Tom Jewell (Launceston)
  5. Lewis Richards   (Redruth)                  20. Lewis Wills (Redruth)
  6. Eli Williams (C) (Pz&N)                       21. Kristian Davis (Saltash)
  7. Jack Mills (Saltash)                                22. Cal Grohmann (Camborne)
  8. Oliver Minnis (W Camels)                   23. Dom Tresidder (Camborne)
  9. Huey Campbell (St. Austell)
  10. Sam Walker (Falmouth)
  11. George Hutchinson (St Austell)
  12. Freddie Davies (Saltash)
  13. Kit May (St. Austell)
  14. Callum Preece (Saltash)
  15. Eddie Pearce (Newquay Hornets)

Cornwall Try Scorers:

Sam Walker (Flyhalf), Kit May (Centre), George Hutchinson (Wing), Jack Hoskin (Lock), Eddie Pearce (Fullback), Dillon Newton (Flanker), Dom Tresidder (Wing), Declan Prowse (Tighthead Prop)

Match Report, by James Mills

Bucks 18s went into the match with a confidence boosting win against Devon in their last encounter and were a much fancied team with the selectors. True to form, Bucks had the better of the early exchanges, camping in the Cornwall half for a solid 6 mins after a Cornish early mistake from the kick off. The Bucks boys probed the Cornish defence who stood up well and was not found wanting.

Cornwall with 3 U17s playing, none of whom looked out of place and none more so than flyhalf Sam Walker from Falmouth RFC. The 16 year old with great composure and a useful canon of a left boot used the wind well to push Buckinghamshire back into their own half.

Cornwall making good ground

The Cornish front row at scrum dominated their opposition in the first half and this put the Bucks backs under a lot of pressure which resulted in a well read intercepted try for Sam Walker to scamper in from 20m out.

Buckinghamshire replied quickly and well with a lively scrum half spotting space in the tight 5m left channel on the blindside. With quick thinking the 9 looked to go open but switched to the blind and created a 2 on 1 which was well taken for a fine score of their own from distance. This was on the 14min mark and then the next 26 mins was all about the Cornwall forward pack creating space and possession, winning collisions and scrums for the direct running and off loading game of the Cornish backs. Cornwall ran in 4 more scores in the first half through Kit May (St Austell Centre), George Hutchinson (St Austell Wing) Jack Hoskin (St Austell Lock) and finally Eddie Pearce (Newquay Fullback) The half finished with Buckinghamshire on the attack but getting held up on the Cornish line by Jack Mills (Saltash Openside Flanker) and Jack Hoskin and then losing possession with the ball to be kicked out for half time with Cornwall leading 25-5.

A very good half but a few areas for development around how we started and how our lineout functioned but overall it was about maintaining our focus and intensity with the coaching team very pleased at running in 5 scores.

In the second half Cornwall emptied the bench which lost some of our continuity and forward dominance. Buckinghamshire for their part were able to a degree of parity and momentum up front which made for a tighter contest.

Eddie Pearce takes a perfect pass

The Newquay flanker Dillon Newton now on after missing the last match through injury was keen to make an impact, however he took a knock early in a clash with the Bucks right wing, which needed to be assessed, however the robust forward was back in action shortly afterwards with rampaging runs and ultimately with Newton crossing the white wash with an outstretched arm to open the second half score 30-5.

Cornwall continued to keep the score board ticking with our forwards sucking in the defenders resulting in Bucks having to commit more players to the break down in order to halt the black and gold tide. This created space out wide and centre Kristian Davis (Saltash RFC) with a neatly executed 15m pass found Dom Tresidder (Camborne RFC) to go over on the right. 35-5

The last Cornish score was a forwards try through talisman tighthead prop Declan Prowse having come fresh from representing Chiefs U18s at Allianz park on Friday night against Sarries. Our lad from St Just from 3m out was not going to be stopped. 40-5

Buckinghamshire to their credit rallied and with 2mins on the clock benefited from a wayward cross field clearing kick to run in from 50m out unopposed. Bucks finished the match in the Cornwall half which showed their quality and determination and if it was not for another Eddie Pearce fullback last ditch tackle they were sure to score again, as it was, It was the Cornish forwards who denied their opponents winning the ball off a Bucks maul 3m off the Cornish line to end the match.

Sam Walker the 16 year old flyhalf was awarded the man of the match from our gracious opponents Buckinghamshire but notable mentions need to go the Cornish forward pack who did the business up front for our backs to take the glory.

I shall end with a quote from Dave Saunter CRFU Chairman: “That was as good a game of rugby as I’ve seen from the Under 18s in many a year”

We wish both teams and players all the very best with the SW divisional selection process and we are hopeful that we will have a healthy showing from Cornwall.

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County Chairman delighted to see Under 18s finish in style

CRFU Chairman Dave Saunter pictured with Cornwall Under 18s at Weston Hornets RFC

Cornwall RFU Chairman Dave Saunter, couldn’t have been happier after U18s won their last game of season 40-10 against top seeds Buckinghamshire. Congrats should go to all the boys and Andy Hawken’s coaching staff. It’s been a very good season for the boys and I’m sure a number will be heading to the final south west trial in January. A big thanks should also go to all the parents who made the trip up to Weston Hornets.

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Boxing Day Fixtures

A list of the Boxing Day rugby fixtures that we are aware of.

It is recommended you check with the home club to confirm the actual kick-off times.

Rodda’s Milk Cup

Camborne v Redruth 2 pm

Bay Shield

St. Ives v Hayle 2:30 pm


Penryn v Falmouth 2:30 pm

Falmouth One & All v Penryn Saracens 11 am

Redruth II v Camborne II 11 am

Bude v President’s XV

Helston v President’s XV

Newquay Hornets v Chairman’s XV

St. Austell v Lankelly-Fowey 11 am

Truro v Roseland 12:30 pm

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TASC ball presentations

TASC Ball presentation at Penryn RFC l-r, Steve Long, Andy Seviour, Marina Trevarton, Grant Randlesome & Phil Trevarton

Phil & Marina Trevarton attended Penryn’s home game against Kingsbridge today to present the “Borough” with a couple of match balls to acknowelege their success last season.

Other presentations have taken place at Launceston, St. Agnes, St. Just and Veor.

Also cufflinks have been presented to the players and officials from last season’s Cornwall squad, with Penryn’s Grant Randlesome, George Jones and Marek Churcher receving theirs at the Kingsbridge game.

Ian & Trixie Gordon and family making a presentation at Launceston RC

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Video Cornwall U.20s trials day at Truro RFC

Short behind the scenes video, courtesy of Kevin Bishop on the yesterday’s get-together at Truro RFC. Cornwall Under 20s

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Draw for quarter-finals Tribute Cornwall KO Cup

Clubs in quarter final draw.

1 Falmouth RFC

2 Veor RFC or Liskeard-Looe RFC

3 Pirates Amateurs RFC

4 Truro RFC

5 St Austell RFC

6 St Ives RFC

7 Penryn RFC

8 Wadebridge Camels RFC

Quarter Final Draw.

No 4 Truro RFC                                 v No 1 Falmouth RFC

No 8 Wadebridge RFC                     v No 3 Pirates Amateurs

No 7 Penryn RFC                               v No 5 St Austell RFC

No 6 St Ives RFC                                 v No 2 Veor or Liskeard-Looe RFC

Quarter Finals to be played on 30th November.

If there are any rearranged SW league fixtures on the above date then

Cup fixtures to be played on or before the 28th December 2019.

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