Cornwall 0-48 Gloucestershire

Cornwall Under 20s were given a torrid afternoon by a very good Gloucestershire side at St. Austell who scored eight tries.

The result means that Cornwall now travel to face Hertfordshire Under 20s in the quarter-finals with the game being played on Sunday 31st March at Cheshunt RFC kick-off 1 pm.

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Cornwall & Gloucestershire name sides for Sunday clash


 The Jason Leonard Cup.

Cornwall Under 20s take on their Gloucestershire counterparts this Sunday at St. Austell RFC in their final pool game, kick-off 13:30.

Both sides are through to the quarterfinals; however the winner of this game will guarantee themselves a home tie in the last eight against either Hertfordshire or Kent, who also meet on Sunday.

Additionally, both sides have an almost identical record going into the final game, however Gloucestershire have single point better points difference, so Cornwall must win to top the group.

Cornwall team huddle prior to kick-off. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 24/02/19, Cornwall U20s, Hampshire U20s, CRFU, U20s County Championship, Jason Leonard Cup, Sport,Rugby Union, Hooks Lane Ground, Havant, Hampshire, England,

Cornwall RFU President Peter James said “This is not only the final pool game but it is the pool decider to see who will gain the home quarterfinal on Sunday March 31. Gloucestershire are a hot bed of County rugby and have always provided strong opposition, I am sure this match will be no different”

Aaron Simmonds (Redruth) of Cornwall U20s kicks a conversion. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 24/02/19, Cornwall U20s, Hampshire U20s, CRFU, U20s County Championship, Jason Leonard Cup, Sport,Rugby Union, Hooks Lane Ground, Havant, Hampshire, England,

Coach Richie Kevern said. “The guys earned a very impressive win at Havant two weeks ago against Hampshire on the 4G pitch. Gloucestershire like us have won their opening two pool games and so this is all to play for. If anything Gloucestershire have a slight edge as they have a better point’s difference by 1 point, so a win or a draw will see them earn a home quarterfinal, whereas Cornwall needs to win to get a home quarterfinal”

Cornwall have made a couple of changes in the back row where Eddy Hall gets his first start and Jamie Eddy starts at No.8 after missing the last game. Skipper Torin Clarke moves from No.8 to the blindside. Falmouth’s lock Stan Somers comes onto the bench having missed the Hampshire game as does St. Austell’s back Ben Plummer.

Torin Clarke (Launceston) Captain of Cornwall U20s comes off the field after the match. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 24/02/19, Cornwall U20s, Hampshire U20s, CRFU, U20s County Championship, Jason Leonard Cup, Sport,Rugby Union, Hooks Lane Ground, Havant, Hampshire, England,

Cornwall Captain Torin Clarke said. “The guys put in a tremendous shift up at Havant but know this will be a much more physical game against a traditional Gloucestershire side. We need now to put behind us the last two games and concentrate on putting in a performance against the pool leaders.”

The Cornwall U20 team manager Colin Hatch.”To recognise the commitment to the Cornwall U20 team, 3 players will be awarded their U20 caps for making 7 or more appearance in the Jason Leonard Cup. Prop Chae Jenkins along with fellow prop and Vice-Captain Jack Hodge will be joined by Captain Torin Clarke in collecting their caps at the end of the match. This is a fantastic achievement and makes a total of 8 caps awarded so far this season.”

Entry is by program £5, with under 16s free entry. As ever your support for the lads on the afternoon will be much appreciated as they strive to earn a home quarterfinal on Sunday March 31st.  

                           Cornwall U20 v Gloucestershire U20

Sunday 17 March @ St Austell RFC 13:30 kick off

Cornwall Squad 

1 Jack Hodge (Vice Captain) Redruth 
2 Rory Mead Bude
3 Chae Jenkins Launceston
4 Dan Goldsmith Launceston
5 Mawgan Osborne P&N Colts
6 Torin Clarke (Captain) Launceston
7 Eddy Hall Pirates Amateurs
8 Jamie Eddy Redruth
9 Owen Davey Truro
10 Will Trewin Cardiff Met
11 Charlie Levick Penryn Colts
12 Connor Gilbert Redruth
13 Jake Penprase Bath Uni
14 Reuben Edwards Launceston
15 Aaron Simmonds Redruth
16 Luke Barnes Redruth
17 Cain Worley N/A
18 Stan Somers Falmouth
19 Harry Lightfoot Launceston
20 James Murray Redruth
21 Ben Plummer St Austell
22 James Tucker Redruth
  Travelling reserves
23 Alex Bartlett Launceston
24 Josh Hart  
25 Adam Long Camborne
26 Alistair Harding Falmouth
27 Tom Wallace Penryn
28 Angus Hallam Redruth
29 Lawrence Armstrong Launceston

Coaches – Josh Lord + Rich Kevern

Medical cover – Dr John Garman, Sam West + Graham Ashton

Kit – Paul Hurrell (Head) +Colin Hatch

                          Gloucestershire Squad

  Players Name Club / University
1 Kieren Wilson Thornbury
2 James Jackson Dings Crusaders
3 Beck Phillips Old Patesians
4 Jonny Holliday Cinderford
5 Sam Gregory Cinderford
6 Ben Davies Royal Agricultural College
7 Jared Du Plessis Avonmouth
8 Adam Hopkinson (C ) Gloucs Uni
9 Tom Knight Old Patesians
10 Tom Price Cleve 
11 Brandon Pettitt Avonmouth
12 Tom Hargan UWE 
13 Jack Guy Newent
14 Will Baldwin (VC) Cinderford
15 Bradley Dunn Spartans
16 Spencer Miller Gloucs Old Boys
17 Euan Manley Gloucs Uni
18 Jacob White Gloucs Uni
19 Joshua Du Plessis Avonmouth
20 Tom Park Royal Agricultural College
21 Nathan Brookes Newent
22 George Sanderson Gloucs Uni
23 (TR) Brodie Cook Old Richians
24 (TR) Tom Broady Spartans
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1969, a trip down memory lane

It’s hard to believe that on this very day 50 years ago I went to watch my very first rugby match.

As a 12 year old I went along to the game with other school mates, having first attended lesson that Saturday morning, yes at Truro Cathedral School we had lessons on a Saturday morning, and luckily having avoided detention that week.

I can remember we travelled to Redruth by coach, probably dear old Bobby Mitchell from Perranporth with our headmaster Mr Mischler leading the party, a former scrum-half who played at Oxford University but sadly didn’t get his Blue.

We all had our tickets, something like 2/6 to get in as a child and got our programs 2 bob.

Arriving at the ground we were swept along by a tide of people, it seemed as if the whole of Cornwall was present that day.

We eventually managed to get onto a bank (where the Tribute suite is situated today), squeezed in like lemons.

The huge roar that greeted the side as they came out was enormous with the North Bank a wall of humanity with the temporary stand erected at the top.

There were people spilling onto the pitch such was the crush, as well as spectators in the trees down the bottom end by Piggy lane.

I can remember supporters carrying an effigy of “Bonzo” Johns, which looked more like “Bertie” Bassett.

A that time Penryn were the force in Cornish rugby with players like Roger Harris, Colin Kneebone, Roger Hosken, Gerry McKeown, Vernon Parkin, Kenny Plummer and of course skipper Graham Bate

The game was special to me as my form teacher was Roger Harris (Sir!), Cornwall’s hooker that day, he was also married to my cousin Jenny, so part of the family. There was huge pride in this school boy as “Porky” Harris, his teachers nickname at school, kicked the first points for Cornwall with a penalty torpedo style.

Cornwall managed to reach half-time 9-3 up, thanks to a further penalty from Raymond George and a drop goal from David Chapman, having played up the slope, but they lost wing Derek Prout to injury, no replacements in those days, so had to play with fourteen men.

Lancashire came back to snatch the win 11-9, inspired by Dick Greenwood, Will’s father.

Cornwall had a penalty chance but as George ran up to kick the ball, the ball toppled over, and the kick went askew.

There was huge disappointment as the spectators trooped out after the game, but they acknowledged that the better side had won on the day.

For me I was bitten by the bug, so the day was a winner. Thanks guys.

Cornwall: G Bate (Penryn, capt), K Plummer (Bristol & Penryn), V Parkin (Bristol & Penryn), G Jones (US Portsmouth), D Prout (Northhampton & Redruth), T Palmer (Gloucester & Truro), D Chapman (Hayle); B Stevens (Penzance & Newlyn), R Harris (Penryn), C Johns (Redruth), B Ninnes (St. Ives), C Kneebone (Penryn), R George (Redruth), R Hosken (Harlequins & Penryn), G McKeown (Penryn).

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Pirates pick up losing bonus point from Notts trip


 Nottingham 20   Cornish Pirates 18

Report by Phil Westren, Cornish Pirates Media Officer. Photo Brian Tempest

Post their Sunday exit from the semi-final of the Championship Cup at Ealing, a short turnaround for the Cornish Pirates saw them return to Greene King IPA Championship action for this Friday night fixture at Nottingham’s Lady Bay Sportsground. For an at present ‘bare bones’ Cornish Pirates squad it was also always going to be a tough ask, however they at least departed with a losing bonus point.

The Pirates lost home and away to Nottingham last season but emerged 36-28 victors when the two teams met at the Mennaye Field in October. As for their respective league positions ahead of this Round 16 game, Nottingham were in sixth place and the Pirates in fifth.

With several players having picked up injuries against the Trailfinders, certain changes in personnel were inevitable. In the absence of Kyle Moyle, Maliq Holden was named at full-back for what was also his Championship debut, whilst Robin Wedlake switched from left to right wing in place of Alex O’Meara. The experienced Matt Evans was selected in the number ‘11’ shirt, a fit again Will Cargill returned to the starting line-up at fly-half and Javier Rojas Alvarez slotted in at inside centre. In the forwards, Tom Duncan was named to start at No. 8 and Dan Lee moved to the blind-side flank in place of the injured Matt Bolwell. One other change saw Josh Caulfield named to partner skipper Brett Beukeboom in the second-row.

On a February evening at ‘Lady Bay’ that was cool but also calm and dry, after Canadian international fly-half Shane O’Leary kicked the game off for the ‘Green & Whites’ it was not long before Holden was quickly into the action. Bravely taking a high ball, he was fouled in the process, resulting in a penalty awarded the Pirates. Cargill then kicked well to the corner, and after Caulfield provided clean line-out ball it was hooker Dan Frost who, for a second week running, was the first name on the scoresheet, his second minute try added to the opener he scored at Ealing. Cargill’s conversion went wide of the posts.

A period of play that followed saw the Pirates guilty of giving too many penalties away, enabling O’Leary to soon slot a successful kick at goal and scrum-half Murray McConnell to then score an unconverted try from a line-out close to the Pirates line.

Midway through the first half a Cargill penalty levelled matters at 8-all, however the home side soon regained the lead when their slick handling enabled wing David Williams to score another unconverted try, this time wide out on the right.

Unfortunately, 13-8 would soon change to 20-8 after Nottingham’s full-back Sean Scanlon ran all of 60 metres for a superb try this time converted by O’Leary.

As half-time approached the Pirates went through a considerable number of phases to fully test the home defence. They did extremely well to keep their composure and the just reward was their second try of the match, again scored by that man Frost. It left Cargill with a less than straightforward chance to reduce the deficit, but he did just that for the teams to return to the changing rooms with a scoreline reading 20-15.

The Pirates also started the second half in positive mode, Holden again a willing competitor and an early penalty opportunity also earned that was kicked by Cargill.

Further enterprise followed from the visitors, including a bout of clever passing with Rojas Alvarez and flanker Stevens to the fore. Discipline had at this stage improved, in a match that thus far was proving wholly entertaining.

When a next considered kickable penalty was awarded the Pirates, it was a long-range effort from Rojas Alvarez, that fell just short.

Considering their quick turnaround, into the last quarter would be an added test for the Pirates, who were grateful twice to Wedlake for tidy work at the back that prevented possible Nottingham scores.  

Time ticking away and with several fresh legs arriving off the bench a tense finale was likely expected, and likely more points, but it wasn’t to be. The penalty slot by Cargill on 43 minutes had surprisingly proved to be the last points of the match.

The Pirates were to be admired for their overall gritty effort, however Nottingham managed to hold territorial advantage and frustrate, and to ultimately secure their narrow victory.

At the end a losing bonus point was the least the Cornish team deserved, with a chance to now recharge batteries ahead of a welcome home game scheduled against Jersey Reds on Sunday 10th March.

Speaking after the game against Nottingham, Cornish Pirates co-coach Gavin Cattle said. “We were playing a good Nottingham side and I am proud of the effort shown by our players, especially considering such a short turnaround. Their physicality was right up there.

“Sometimes in sport it’s more than just winning. We went close but it was the sheer effort witnessed that was deserving of praise.”

Nottingham: 15 Sean Scanlon, 14 David Williams, 13 Will Millett, 12 Luke Peters, 11 Billy Robinson, 10 Shane O’Leary, 9 Murray McConnell (22 Darryl Veenendaal, 49); 1 Owen Hills, 2 Luke Cole, 3 Oisin Heffernan (18 Billy Walker, 28), 4 Tom Holmes (c; 19 Llewelyn Jones, 58)), 5 Sam Lewis (16 Ben Brownlie, 63), 6 Shane Buckley, 7 Jordan Coghlan, 8 Josh Poullet (20 Will Owen, 40).

Replacements (not used): 17 George Thornton, 21 Gearoid Lyons.

CornishPirates: 15 Maliq Holden, 14 Robin Wedlake, 13 Rory Parata (22 Dan Koster, 68), 12 Javier Rojas Alvarez, 11 Matt Evans, 10 Will Cargill (21 Harvey Skinner, 74), 9 Alex Day (20 Alex Schwarz, 63); 1 Jack Andrew, 2 Dan Frost, 3 Tyler Gendall, 4 Josh Caulfield, 5 Brett Beukeboom (c), 6 Dan Lee (19 James McRae, 57), 7 John Stevens (16 Sam Matavesi, 68), 8 Tom Duncan.

Replacements (not used): 17 Tom Concu, 18 Danny Cutmore.

Scorers. Nottingham – tries: 9 Murray McConnell (14), 14 David Williams (29), 15 Sean Scanlon (34); con: 19 Shane O’Leary (35); pen: 10 Shane O’Leary (8).

Cornish Pirates – tries: 2 Dan Frost (2, 40); con: 10 Will Cargill (40); pens: 10 Will Cargill (25, 43).

Referee: Andrew Jackson (RFU)         

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Pirates bow out of Cup

Ealing Trailfinders 58   Cornish Pirates 26

Eight days after losing to Ealing Trailfinders at home in the league, travelling to West London to face the them away in the semi-final of the new Championship Cup competition was always going to be a big ask, and so it proved, reports Cornish Pirates’ Media Officer, Phil Westren.

To be beaten 58-26, after having held an early 21-5 points lead, was naturally frustrating, on what was a sunny and freakily warm February afternoon. Ultimately, however, there was also a certain reality about it, the Pirates aware in advance that to likely stand any chance of making the final they would need to be at the top of their game.

Two players back to full fitness, wing Robin Wedlake and flanker John Stevens returned to the Pirates starting line-up in a side that also saw Dan Lee selected at No. 8 and Dan Frost at hooker. Named among the replacements was a fit again Will Cargill. A late change saw prop Jack Andrew promoted off the bench to replace Marlen Walker, who failed a late fitness test.

Motivated having won the British & Irish Cup last year, the Trailfinders named a strong line-up including the return of club captain Sam Dickinson, however it was the Pirates who got off to a great start. Game underway they were quickly into their stride, Wedlake gaining yardage down the left flank and then Frost making an appearance to show an explosive turn of pace to score at the posts. Fly-half Harvey Skinner converted.

After the Ealing side looked to respond the Pirates not only held the threat but were then suddenly on the attack again, this time on the right flank. Full-back Kyle Moyle nudged the ball ahead and it was wingman Alex O’Meara who was on hand to dot down. Skinner also slotted his conversion attempt well from out wide.                

Endeavouring to again hit back, the home team were second time lucky, controlled play from wing James Cordy-Redden and flanker Kieran Murphy seeing scrum-half Jordan Burns then lend his support to score a try, adding to the two he registered in the league encounter at the Mennaye Field. Former Pirate Laurence May was luckless with the conversion.

As if not fazed, the Pirates would soon score their third try, it a fourteenth in all games this season for Wedlake. Skinner once again added the extras for the scoreboard to read 5-21 with there only seventeen minutes on the clock.

From midway through the first half of this contest, the temper of the game changed, that man Burns running in his second try and then there one for Cordy-Redden. Both efforts were converted by May to narrow the deficit to just two points.

Adding to Pirate woes, in time remaining to the break they lost both Skinner and Stevens to the sin bin, which now made it all something of an uphill task for the visitors. May landed a penalty to give his side the lead for the first time, and a second unconverted try from Cordy-Redden before the half-time whistle made it 27-21.

Still short of personnel to start the second period, the Pirates somehow needed to deny their opponents until their troops were all back in place. Not only was it a tough ask, but it was also not long before centre Harry Sloan crossed for a converted try. 

To their credit, the Pirates responded by scoring what would prove to be their last points of the game, captain Brett Beukeboom initially leading a charge and the ball next worked right by scrum-half Alex Day. Centre Rory Parata then timed his pass perfectly and it was speedster O’Meara who dived in for his ninth try of the season.

The rest of the match saw Ealing Trailfinders fully in charge, their bench a strong one to call upon and the Pirates cause not helped by injuries, including to Moyle and O’Meara. A big shout though to the propping pair of Tyler Gendall and Andrew in particular, who was always a willing ball carrier.

Further tries for the hosts came from centre David Johnston and influential skipper Rayn Smid, both converted by May, and then there were two unconverted efforts from Burns whose try-scoring exploits against the Pirates have been quite phenomenal.

Pre-match Gavin Cattle had said the game of rugby can at times be unforgiving, mentioning too that the Pirates would be facing a quality team. There was a hope of at least pushing the Trailfinders closer than the previous week, but it was not to be.

Speaking after the game, Cornish Pirates co-coach Alan Paver also gave an honest assessment, saying, “After a good start it was of course disappointing to not only lose personnel to yellow cards but to also lose the collision, the referee and later the set piece and we have no complaints about the score.

“Our decision making let us down at times, and pretty well beaten in every department it was also a bitter pill to swallow that we couldn’t keep in the fight to the end.

“Points were leaked through our own errors and we imploded, and although there is a reality that this late into the season we are running out of bodies, we have to keep going.”

EalingTrailfinders:   15 Will Harries, 14 Seb Stegmann, 13 David Johnston, 12 Harry Sloan, 11 James Cordy Redden (21 Ryan Foley, 76), 10 Laurence May (22, Craig Willis, 6) 9 Jordan Burns; 1 Alex Lundberg (17 Jordan Els, 57), 2 Matt Cornish (16 Alun Walker, 51), 3 Mark Tampin (18 Elliott Millar Mills, 66), 4 Sam Dickinson (20 Andrew Durutalo, 62), 5 Harry Casson (19 Jordan Onojaife, 66), 6 Kieran Murphy (5 Harry Casson, 76), 7 Rohan O’Regan, 8 Rayn Smid (c).

Cornish Pirates:   15 Kyle Moyle (20 Alex Schwarz, 57), 14 Alex O’Meara (22 Dan Koster, 48), 13 Rory Parata, 12 Callum Patterson, 11 Robin Wedlake, 10 Harvey Skinner (21 Will Cargill, 55), 9 Alex Day; 1 Tyler Gendall (17 Tom Concu, 62), 2 Dan Frost (16 Sam Matavesi, 55), 3 Jack Andrew (1 Tyler Gendall, 76), 4 Danny Cutmore, 5 Brett Beukeboom (c), 6 Matt Bolwell (19 Josh Caulfield, 32), 7 John Stevens, 8 Dan Lee (18 Tom Duncan, 55). 

Yellow cards:   10 Harvey Skinner (32), 7 John Stevens (37).


Ealing Trailfinders – tries: 9 Jordan Burns (9, 19, 65, 78), 11 James Cordy-Redden (26, 40), 12 Harry Sloan (43), 13 David Johnston (54), 8 Rayn Smid (61); cons: 10 Laurence May (20, 27, 44, 55, 62); pen: 10 Laurence May (33).

Cornish Pirates – tries: 14 Alex O’Meara (6, 46), 2 Dan Frost (2), 11 Robin Wedlake (16); cons: 10 Harvey Skinner (2, 6,17).

 Referee: Dean Richards (RFU)

Crowd: 350.

With London Irish having earlier in the afternoon won their home semi-final 22-8 against Yorkshire Carnegie, it will be an ‘Irish’ v ‘Trailfinders’ final to be played on the weekend 4th May. The venue will be determined by the Tournament Organiser with regard to the best interests of the competing clubs.

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Ken Plummer reminisces with Radio Cornwall’s Ross Ellis

Fifty years after winning his first England cap in Cardiff against Wales and as the 50th anniversary of the famous County Final against Lancashire at Redruth approaches (8th March). Penryn’s Ken Plummer talks to Radio Cornwall sports presenter Ross Ellis about his life in rugby.

Click on audio link below

Interview with Ken Plummer

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Cornwall run riot in Hants



By Bill Hooper, photos courtesy of Simon Bryant Iktis Photo.

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.

Richie Kevern Coach of Cornwall U20s – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

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 all eight conversions whilst on the field.

Owen Davey (Truro) of Cornwall U20s dives over for a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 24/02/19, Cornwall U20s, Hampshire U20s, CRFU, U20s County Championship, Jason Leonard Cup, Sport,Rugby Union, Hooks Lane Ground, Havant, Hampshire, England,

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.

Mawgan Osborne (Pz&N Colts) of Cornwall U20s runs in a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 24/02/19, Cornwall U20s, Hampshire U20s, CRFU, U20s County Championship, Jason Leonard Cup, Sport,Rugby Union, Hooks Lane Ground, Havant, Hampshire, England,

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.

Aden Brassington (St Ives) of Cornwall U20s can’t be stopped diving over for a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 24/02/19, Cornwall U20s, Hampshire U20s, CRFU, U20s County Championship, Jason Leonard Cup, Sport,Rugby Union, Hooks Lane Ground, Havant, Hampshire, England,

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.

James Tucker (Redruth) of Cornwall U20s chips ahead. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 24/02/19, Cornwall U20s, Hampshire U20s, CRFU, U20s County Championship, Jason Leonard Cup, Sport,Rugby Union, Hooks Lane Ground, Havant, Hampshire, England,

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)

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Cornwall win in Hampshire

Cornwall U.20s ran in eight tries as they defeat Hampshire U.20s 61-14 at Havant in their second pool match in this season’s Jason Leonard Cup.

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Cornwall squad plan 2019 campaign


By Bill Hooper, photos Simon Bryant Iktis photo

St. Austell Brewery was once again the venue for this season’s pre Championship get together.

CRFU Chairman Denis Preece welcomed the players and coaches to this important event where the players and coaches have a chance to discuss plans for this season’s campaign.

Cornwall, Head Coach Graham Dawe speaks to the players. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 22/02/19, Cornwall, Team Building, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, St Austell, St Austell Brewery, Cornwall, England

Denis also thanked St. Austell Brewery for laying on the evening and their continued support for the Cornwall team and rugby within the Duchy.

Also present was Peter Kennedy from O’Neill’s kit manufacturers, another major sponsor of the Cornwall side. O’Neill’s on-line shop

Denis thanked both companies for their on-going support. 

Graham Dawe will once again be head coach assisted by Marek Churcher.

Despite the obvious disappointment how last season’s campaign went, Dawe is as ever the optimist. He said. “Well it’s down to the players at the end of the day and how much they want it, I truly believe that there is still a huge thrill for Cornish players to pull on the black and gold shirt. It’s the perennial problem with the way the Championship is situated in the calendar right at the end of a long hard season, for some players they have had enough, for other they are hungry for more and want to pull that shirt on their back. I want every player in Cornwall wanting to play for their county side.

Cornwall, lock and skipper Ben Hilton (Barnstaple). – Mandatory Credit ©Iktis Photo/Simon Bryant

Dawe’s aim is quite simple, to go to Twickenham with his Cornwall side and win the Bill Beaumont Cup. “I am firm believer that if you are in this competition then you have to aim for the top, nothing else will do. We have to have that belief because the Cornish support expects and demands nothing less.     

Dawe knows that a good start is paramount and that means a win on the road against Kent. “A good start is always important as it tends to set the momentum. A couple of years ago we had a good win up there in a close game. We will go up there with a game plan and the players who will deliver that plan.

Tom Notman of Cornwall (Redruth) scores the try during the Bill Beaumont Cup Match between Cornwall and Devon at the Recreation Ground on May 4th 2018, Camborne Cornwall- Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo –

Dawe was delighted that Ben Hilton had agreed to be the Cornwall captain this season. “A player with a lot of experience and a proven leader who gets in people’s faces and won’t take a step back, both Ben and our vice captain Tom Notman have been in great form this season and impressed the county selectors.” 

After a pasty supper the evening concluded with a quiz set by John Martin and a raffle with proceeds going to this season’s chosen charity #Cry4Tom, in memory of Thomas Demaine. Please see the link for further information.   

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Clarke returns for Cornwall


 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 13:30 kick off time on Sunday February 24.

Cornwall welcome back last season’s skipper Torin Clarke, who missed the last game through injury.

Torin Clarke chomping to get back into action – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo –

Elsewhere in the pack Mawgan Osborne, who came on as a replacement against Devon, partners Dan Goldsmith in the second row.

Harry Lightfoot another replacement against Devon, starts in the back row in place of try scorer last time out, Harry Somers.

In the backs there is just the one change with Penryn Colt, Charlie Levick coming onto the wing in place of Alistair Harding who drops to the bench.

Charlie Levick in action for Penryn – photo- Mark Collett

Other changes to the bench see Luke Barnes and Cain Worley as front row cover, Eddy Hall as a forward replacement, whilst  James Tucker, part of last season’s team, comes into the squad as half-back cover.

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. ”

Jake Penprase (Bath Uni) of Cornwall U20s, Connor Gilbert (Redruth) of Cornwall U20s, Reuben Edwards (Launceston) of Cornwall U20s, Dan Goldsmith (Launceston) of Cornwall U20s and Aden Brassington (St Ives) of Cornwall U20s with their Cornwall U20s caps. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 03/02/19, Cornwall U20s, Devon U20s, Jason Leonard U20s County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, St Austell, Tregorrick Park, Cornwall, England

Jake Penprase (Bath University) Connor Gilbert (Redruth) Reuben Edwards, Dan Goldsmith and Harry Lightfoot (All Launceston) with their caps. Photograph courtesy of Simon Bryant.

Cornwall Squad 

1 Jack Hodge (Vice Captain) Redruth 
2 Rory Mead Bude
3 Chae Jenkins Launceston
4 Dan Goldsmith Launceston
5 Mawgan Osborne P&N Colts
6 Harry Lightfoot Launceston
7 Aden Brassington St Ives
8 Torin Clarke (Captain) Launceston
9 Owen Davey Truro
10 Will Trewin Cardiff Met
11 Charlie Levick Penryn Colts
12 Connor Gilbert Redruth
13 Jake Penprase Bath Uni
14 Reuben Edwards Launceston
15 Aaron Simmonds Redruth
16 Luke Barnes Redruth
17 Cain Worley N/A
18 Eddy Hall Pirates Amateurs
19 Noah Stanier-Smith Camborne
20 Jamie Murray Redruth
21 Alistair Harding Falmouth
22 James Tucker Redruth
  Travelling reserves
23 Alex Bartlett Launceston
24 Olly Matthews Wadebridge Camels
25 Adam Long Camborne
26 Ben Plummer St Austell

Coaches – Josh Lord + Rich Kevern

Medical cover – Sam West + Lauren Albury

Kit – Paul Hurrell (Head) +Colin Hatch

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