TASC Player of the Year Awards/Presentations

Tony Whittle of Cornwall (Camborne) – 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


Trelawny’s Army members have voted Cornwall Tony Whittle as their 2019 Cornwall Player of the Year.

Whittle has been a standout player for Cornwall during coach Graham Dawe’s tenure as county coach. Comfortable in either the back row or at lock Whittle’s work rate is second to none, this was evident throughout the 2019 Bill Beaumont Cup campaign which saw Cornwall win a dramatic final against Cheshire at Twickenham in June.

Tony Whittle of Cornwall (Camborne) is tackled by Tom Williams of Kent (Blackheath) and Danny Herriott of Kent (Blackheath). – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 04/05/19, Cornwall, Kent, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Medway RFC, Priestsfield, Rochester, England

Whittle, has been playing for the Camborne club in recent seasons but during the summer he has returned to his former club Falmouth, will be presented with the Bill Osborne Memorial Shield at the club’s A.G.M. at St. Austell Brewery on Wednesday 25th September.

The award for the Cornwall Under 20 Player of the Year went to Redruth’s Jack Hodge, the young prop has made a name for himself with the National League 2 side last season and led Cornwall Under 20s when skipper Torin Clarke was unavailable.

Jack Hodge (Redruth) Captain of Cornwall U20s is tackled by Marcus Prout (Ivybridge) of Devon U20s and Dan Armstrong (Exmouth) of Devon U20s. – 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

A fine scrummager and good ball-carrier Hodge looks set for a bright future in the game. Hodge will receive the Tony Mead Memorial Shield the same evening.

A new award this year is the Jess Humber Shield for the Cornwall Woman Player of the Year. We are delighted that Jess will be with us to make the inaugural presentation to the winner Lauren Chenoweth of Penryn Ladies RFC.

Lauren Chenoweth receives the Jess Humber Shield from TASC’s Barbara Hocking

Lauren, a strong running centre,  put in very powerful performances in Cornwall’s Gill Burns Cup games against both Dorset & Wilts and Somerset in the spring.

The club will also be biding a fond farewell to our President John Treglown. John has been in post for the last 19 years and has helped foster our links with St. Austell Brewery. We are delighted that Sean Jarvis, also from the Brewery has kindly agreed to become our new President.

John Rowe presents retiring TASC President John Treglown with an engraved tankard
Retiring Vice- Chair Dave Broadhurst is thanked by Chairman Phil Trevarton

TASC were also delighted that Dave Saunter, the new Chairman of the Cornwall RFU was in attendance along with the Bill Beaumont Cup which was given pride of place on the top table.   

CRFU Chairman Dave Saunter receives a cheque from Viv Broadhurst for the 2020 Colts Cup Finals

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Sam Matavesi in Fiji side to face Australia

Cornishmen and women around the World will be cheering Sam Matavesi on Saturday when Fiji start their World Cup campaign against two-time champions Australia in Sapporo.

There is disappointment for Sam’s brother Josh who has not made the side for this match, but no doubt we shall see Josh in subsequent games.

Well done Sam, we shall sink a pint or two and down a pasty in your honour m ‘ansum.

Sam Matavesi playing for Cornwall. Picture Simon Bryant Iktisphoto
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Mike Trott – RIP, Funeral details

We are saddened to learn that former county President Mike Trott has passed away at the age of 90.

Mike, a stalwart at both county and also Camborne RFC where he was club President for many years, was county President for one season, but what a season 1990-91 when Cornwall won the County Championship for the first time since 1908.

Everyone at Trelawny’s Army will wish to express their sincerest condolences to all family and friends.

Mike’s funeral will take place on Thursday 26th September, at 11 am, at Camborne Parish Church.

Thank you to Martin Symons from Camborne RFC for the following tribute;

Camborne Rugby Club mourns the passing of stalwart Mike Trott.

Camborne Rugby Club is mourning the passing of stalwart Mike Trott at the age of 90 following an association with the Cherry & Whites spanning some 60 years.

Having first joined the committee in 1959 he became the Cherry & Whites Chairman in 1964 an office which he held with distinction until 1970.

At that point he took over as the Club’s President and remained in post for a remarkable 21 years during which time Camborne became the dominant force in Cornish Rugby until he finally stepped down in 1991.

Since then he has remained an enthusiastic supporter of ‘Town’ attending 1st XV matches home and away as well as taking an active interest in all aspects of the various sections of his beloved Club.

In 1982 he became one of a select few to be awarded life membership of Camborne Rugby Club for his long service and dedication.

Mike became Cornwall RFU President for the 1990-91 season which culminated in the Senior XV memorably being crowned as County champions at Twickenham for the first time since 1908.

The funeral service will take place at 11.00am on Thursday 26th September at Camborne Parish Church to be followed by a wake at Camborne RFC’s clubhouse at Crane Park.

Bill Hussey current President of Camborne RFC commented ‘Mike was a very generous, genuine and modest man with a well developed dry sense of humour. He was a man who served his club, his town and his county with great dedication and distinction. A man who many were proud to call, a true friend. Life is about creating memories and Mike Trott left us with many great ones.’’

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London Cornish prepare for new season

LCRFC Director of Rugby Dickon Moon.

London Cornish RFC is pleased to confirm the following signatures ahead of the 2019-20 season:

Tony Pellow – Hooker/Prop – Te Awamutu RFC (ex Penryn)

Morgan Jones – Back Row – Penarth RFC

Sam Matanle – Back Row – London Scottish RFC

Cameron Crozier – Back Row – Glasgow Hawks RFC

Kyle Coulter – Lock – Sutton & Epsom RFC

Freddie Jackson – Prop – Hampstead RFC

Niko Mirosevic-Sorgo – Back Row – Old Priorians RFC

Jamie Robert-Tissot- Prop – Exeter Uni RFC

Ed Carne – Centre – Dorking RFC (ex Redruth)

Jack Willey – Wing – Penryn RFC

Andy Munro-Lott – Scrum Half – Falmouth RFC

Tom Whelan – Fly Half – Exmouth RFC

Pete Wood – Wing – Dorking RFC

Moe Alothman – Centre – Eton Manor RFC

Eji Erhirhie – Wing – Surrey Uni RFC

Ben Lines – Centre – Effingham & Leatherhead RFC

Ben Nichols – Fly Half – Rosslyn Park RFC

Lawrence Elliott – Full Back – Chobham RFC

Julian Osborne – Fly Half/Full Back – Tynedale RFC

Royce Tooth – Wing – Cardiff Uni RFC

The following players are no longer with the club

Harry Somers – Lock – Pirates Amateurs RFC

Ian Dowie – Back Row – Manchester RFC

George Shirlaw – Back Row – Hong Kong (6 month posting)

Guy Sullivan – Prop – Met Police

To be clear, no player at LCRFC is paid to play, and nor do they receive any expenses or accommodation. In addition to these numbers, we expect to be able to confirm a further 5-10 further signings in the next few weeks, as we seek to build a squad capable both of sustaining a top half placing in London 1 South, and of challenging for honours at the 2nd team level too. Describing the summer as ‘the busiest from a player recruitment perspective in my time at the club’, Director of Rugby Dickon Moon adds ‘We have spent a couple of seasons assessing what we need to be successful at Level 6, and this recruitment campaign reflects the start of our efforts to be competing higher up the league than the 8th place we have achieved in our 2 seasons here to date’.

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Vernon Parkin – RIP

Trelawny’s Army was saddened to learn that former County player Vernon Parkin had passed away whilst visiting his son in the States.

Parkin was a hard-running and feisty centre who broke through into the county side in the 68-69 season. The Penryn centre featured in all the county championship games including the final against Lancashire held at Redruth in front of some 23,000 spectators.

In all Parkin played for Cornwall on 20 occasions including the famous draw in France against a French Selection and the subsequent return game in Redruth against France B.

He went on to play at Bristol and Northampton.

The Army sends it’s condolences to all Vernon’s family and friends.

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Tamar Cup 2020

The 2020 Tamar Cup between Cornwall (holders) & Devon will be played at St. Austell RFC on the evening of Tuesday 21st April. Kick-off time will be confirmed nearer the date.

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Pasty power off to Japan

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 snaffling a Welsh miss-throw quicker than a Pip’s pasty (other pasties are available) to score a try on his maiden start for England, 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).

As every Cornishman will tell you, when England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003 they also had two Cornishmen in the squad, props Phil Vickery and Trevor Woodman!

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


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Fixtures & Results 2019-20 now available

With pre-season games already underway, and the full new season just round the corner, fixtures (and results) for Cornish Pirates and other top teams are now available on the TASC site:

We have also updated our banner images, to celebrate Cornwall’s stunning Bill Beaumont Cup Final 2019 success against Cheshire. Thanks to Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo for permission to use here.

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Tyler Gendall appointed forwards coach to Cornwall U.20

Tyler Gendall receiving his Under 20 Player of the Year award in 2014 from Bill Hooper


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.

Josh Lord Coach of Cornwall U20s. – 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

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.

Richard Kevern Coach of Cornwall U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 17/03/19, Cornwall U20s, Gloucestershire U20s, Jason Leonard Cup, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, St Austell, Tregorrick Park, Cornwall, England

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;-

Email – hatch0348@btinternet.com 

Mob – 07967725368

Bill Hooper,

Cornwall RFU Assistant Hon Sec 

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TASC part of civic reception


By Bill Hooper

Members of the Cornwall team along with officers from the Cornwall RFU and also representatives from both Trelawny’s Army Supporters Club and the Falmouth Marine Band attended a civic reception held at County Hall in Truro last Friday afternoon.

Chair of Cornwall Council Hilary Frank welcomed everyone to County Hall and praised the Cornwall team and expressed how proud everyone in the Duchy was with their superb win against Cheshire in the final at Twickenham.

In reply CRFU President Peter James, thanked the council for their hospitality and expressed his pride and joy as a Cornishman in the fine qualities of an exceptional team, and the unrivalled support from the Cornish supporters.  

Cornwall team captain Ben Hilton also spoke about the game and the quality of his players and paid tribute to the outstanding support the team received all through the Championship from the fans, especially Trelawny’s Army and the Falmouth Marine Band.

Councillor Frank, who has also been involved with assisting with the preparations for the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year, arranged for special RWC pin badges from the organising committee to be presented by an attaché from the Japanese Embassy in London.   

The proceedings concluded with the singing of Trelawny, led by the City of Truro Male Choir.  

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