Members from Trelawny’s Army were invited to this season’s Cornwall team get-together held at the Eden Project, reports Bill Hooper
There were some 150 players, family, CRFU officials and guests present, which also saw the launch of the 2020 playing shirt designed by O’Neills. Our current player of the year Tony Whittle is seen modelling the new shirt below.
At the conclusion of the formal part of the event members of Trelawny’s Army led the singing of “Cornwall, my home” and “Trelawny”.
Founder member of the Army was pictured proudly holding the Bill Beaumont Cup.
Thanks must be expressed to the CRFU for inviting us and to the Eden Project and St. Austell Brewery.
Cornwall got their
campaign off to a disappointing start with this defeat to Devon.
Sadly, Cornwall were the architects of their own demise with indiscipline costing them dear with two yellow cards in the space of 4 second half minutes.
Devon scored two
tries during the sin-binning making it a mountain to climb for the Cornish
youngsters, who to their credit responded with a couple of tries.
Cornwall had the better of the first half, enjoying good territorial advantage,
but crucially unable to turn it into scores.
Cornwall coach Richie Kevern was naturally disappointed at the final whistle. “Indiscipline cost us today, going down the thirteen men made it very difficult. We really didn’t make the most of our chances in the first half and that was equally frustrating. We will go away now and prepare for the Berkshire game at Camborne in four weeks time.”
There were positives for Cornwall Skipper Aaron Simmonds looked very accomplished at fly-half, Tom Spiers was a handful in the back row, both the Osborne brothers in the boiler house went well, Eliot Salt carried well, whilst Mishka Fibbens made a big impact off the bench.
Simmonds gave Cornwall the lead after 31 minutes with a penalty. This was cancelled out by Harry Ottaway for the hosts. The same player then nudged Devon ahead with his second penalty that was matched immediately by Simmonds to leave the scores tied 6- all at the break.
Ten minutes into the
second half was when it started to unravel for Cornwall. Open-side flanker Tom
Spiers was harshly carded for a ruck offence.
laying siege to the Cornwall line with eventually hooker Reece Bartlett forcing
his way over, Ottaway adding the conversion.
It was then that fellow back row Cameron Taylor was binned, Devon took full-advantage launching an unstoppable forward drive with No.8 Adam Northcott scoring, Ottaway’s conversion putting Devon 25-6 up.
With the clock
against Cornwall fresh legs came on, prop Mishka Fibbens made an instant impact
ploughing through the Devon defence to crash over, Simmonds on the money with
Cornwall gave it a good go creating a chance for Mawgan Osborne out wide, the lock danced along the touchline to squeeze in for an unconverted try.
Now trailing by just
seven points could Cornwall snatch a draw? They had chances but couldn’t take
them, instead Devon made the game safe as lock Ethan Pearce made good ground
evading some tired tackle before finding wing Devon Jewsbury who finished well
to score Devon’s bonus point try.
Cornwall U.20: Adam Long (Camborne), Guy Brooks (Penryn), Ben Plummer (St. Austell), Isaak Welsh (Truro), Max Bullen (St. Austell), Aaron Simmonds (Capt), Ali Stacey (both Redruth); Callum Looker (Cardiff Met), Rory Mead (Bude), Eliot Salt (Cardiff Met), Mawgan Osborne, Toby Osborne (both Pirates Ams), Cameron Taylor (St. Austell), Tom Spiers (Truro), Aden Brassington (Redruth).
Replacements: James Lambourn (Pirates Ams), Mishka Fibbens (Penryn), Jack Wickham, Devon Bennett-Murray (both Saltash), James Tucker (St. Austell), James Murray (Redruth), Fraser Nottle (St. Austell).
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
The game kicks off at 14:00 at Ivybridge and will be played on the
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 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
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
Aaron Simmonds (Capt)
Coaches – Rich Kevern + Tyler Gendall, assisted by Adam Kevern
Medical cover – Neville Curnow + Graham Ashton
Kit – Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch
JASON LEONARD CUP (Pool Fixtures)
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
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.
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.
Redruth deservedly regained the Rodda’s Milk Cup with a
decisive win against old rivals Camborne in front of a four figure Boxing Day
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.
Town, roared on by their supporters opened the scoring
with a Rhys Brownfield penalty, the lead proved short-lived as Redruth piled on
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.
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.
The Cornish 18’s
stick 8 tries on Bucks 18s to finish their campaign undefeated and on a high!
Starting XV Finishes
Matt Trehair (St Austell) 16. Harry Richardson (Saltash)
Tyler Dower (Camborne) 17. Dillon Newton (Newquay Hornets)
Declan Prowse (Pz&N & St Just) 18. Cameron Richards (Redruth)
Jack Hoskin (St. Austell) 19. Tom Jewell (Launceston)
Lewis Richards (Redruth) 20. Lewis Wills (Redruth)
Eli Williams (C) (Pz&N) 21. Kristian Davis (Saltash)
Jack Mills (Saltash) 22. Cal Grohmann (Camborne)
Oliver Minnis (W Camels) 23. Dom Tresidder (Camborne)
Huey Campbell (St. Austell)
Sam Walker (Falmouth)
George Hutchinson (St Austell)
Freddie Davies (Saltash)
Kit May (St. Austell)
Callum Preece (Saltash)
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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