Late Gloucestershire scores deny Cornwall



By Bill Hooper

Defeat at Stow on the Wold brought an end to Cornwall Under 20’s Leonard Cup campaign for this season.

It was a bitter pill to swallow as the young black and golds led 27-19 with less than 7 minutes to play, two late converted tries by the home side turned the game to leave Cornwall deflated.

Cornwall can certainly take plenty of positives from their display with some outstanding play from many in the side who may yet get a call up for the South West trials.

Play was scrappy early on with both sides making multiple errors, however it was Gloucestershire who got on the scoreboard with a converted try after 5 minutes.

Cornwall began to assert their game, scrum-half Jacob Chapple probed with menace making good ground and constantly feeding out some great ball to his backs.

Cornwall also turned over a lot of Gloucestershire ball at the breakdown with great work form the forwards. 

A break by centre Fin Deavin set up prop Angus Williams before hooker Pete Harris (pictured above) powered over of the first of his tries, Jack Statton adding the extras.

Having been held up over the line, Cornwall eventually got their second try courtesy of Harris from a quickly taken tap penalty which caught Gloucestershire napping.

Statton’s late penalty at the end of the half gave Cornwall a 15-7 advantage.

Gloucestershire again started strongly with a converted try to bring the gap back to just one point.

Cornwall responded with an unconverted try scored in the corner by wing Jack Keogh following a quick tap.

Gloucestershire replied moments later when their winger went in at the corner.

Cornish pressure eventually paid off when skipper Will Perkin took a quick tap 5 meters out to send Harris over for his third try of the game, which Statton converted.

Despite being reduced to fourteen men through a yellow card, Cornwall held out until the final moments and Gloucestershire’s late double score.

In the other game in the group, Devon U.20s sealed top place and a South West play-off with 50-7 win at Somerset U.20s.

Cornwall U.20: Macdonald (Exeter Saracens), Penhallurick, Deavin (both Falmouth), Statton (Launceston), Keogh (St. Just), Walsh-Newton (Falmouth), Chapple (Redruth); Williams (Penryn) Harris (St. Austell), Derry (Wadebridge Camels), Lister (Penryn), Perkin (St. Ives, Capt), Smith (Redruth), Eddy (Pirates Ams), Ellery (Newquay Hornets).

Replacements: Pope (Camborne School of Mines), Holt (Redruth), Knight (Saltash), Watkins (Camborne School of Mines), Matanatabu, Logan (both Helston), Paul (Redruth).

Cornwall U.20 scores: Tries, Harris 14, 32, 57, Keogh 45, Cons, Statton 15, 58, Pen, 40

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Cornwall announce 41 man squad for Championship

Having announced Ben Priddey as Cornwall captain this morning, the selectors have this evening announced a 41 man squad for this season’s Bill Beaumont Cup campaign.

There are a few old favourites returning to the squad, notably Mark Bright (Richmond), Aaron Penberthy (Jersey), Josh Matavesi (Camborne) and Tom Cowan-Dickie (Plymouth Albion).

As expected the bulk of the squad comes from Camborne and Redruth, with a number of youngsters who have been brought in by both clubs this season making their debuts in the squad. There are a number to look out for Jago Sheppard and Harry Larkins (both Camborne), Jack King and Sam James (both Redruth) just four, whilst there are also a number of Launceston and St. Austell players in the squad, with Truro and Pirates Amateurs also having their players selected.

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Ben Priddey to Captain Cornwall

Camborne’s Ben Priddey has been appointed Cornwall captain for the 2024 Bill Beaumont Cup campaign.

The all-action hooker has enjoyed a fine season with the Cherry & Whites scoring 31 tries to top the points and scoring charts in National 2 West this season.

Congratulation Ben on your appointment.

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Cornwall Under 20 side to face Gloucestershire

Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2024 concludes the pool stage with an away fixture to Gloucestershire in the Jason Leonard Cup. The team travel to Stow in the Wold RFC Sunday 5th May with a 1400 kick off time.

CRFU President Andy Reed said “This final pool stage game means a trek for the young Black and Golds as we are travelling to Stow on the Wold. The result against Somerset was a boost for the guys and well deserved on a hot and sunny day at Taunton RFC. The errors and nerves from the first game seem to dwindle away and the team began to grow in confidence, and the result followed”.

Cornwall lost their first game away to Devon 7 – 41, so Sunday’s win v Somerset this result sees them move up the table. In the other pool game Devon beat Gloucestershire 36 – 21 to go top of the table.

Coach Rich Kevern said – “We know that any Gloucestershire side will be a strong test, they always have a big pack that will try and bully us. We need to play to our strengths and have some fast and exciting backs as well as an established pack. Playing any Gloucestershire side at home is never an easy task and this will be the first exposure to that element for some of these guys”.

Cornwall Captain Will Perkin said, – “After the Devon game we came away and did a lot of soul searching! That was not the way we had trained, or been expected to play, and we owed the Somerset result to the travelling supporters of Trelawny’s Army, and our families to put that right. The players know what is expected, what is needed, and we must as a group perform against what will be a strong Gloucestershire side. For some guys including myself this is their second year and last year playing for the U20’s, for others this is their first and only year of being eligible and we need to put in a performance”.

The CRFU Chair Dave Saunter said, -” The team needed to learn from their performance and move forward following the Devon game. The performance against Somerset was much improved, although not perfect, and I am sure the coaches will be working on those areas before they face Gloucestershire. We as a county know that they have trained hard and like Cornwall players at all levels can and will give 110% to wear that Black and Gold shirt, this year’s set of players are no different.”.

There will be marketing and sponsorship opportunities with the Under 20’s team and matches, any individuals or companies that may be interested are asked to contact Tanya Thomas of the CRFU in the first instance. 

                            Gloucestershire U20 v Cornwall U20

Sunday 5th May @ Stow on the Wold RFC 1400 kick off.


Coaches – Rich Kevern, Steele Barker, Jago Sheppard, David Mankee

Team Manager Colin Hatch, Assistant Terry Williams

Medical cover – Hen Gard + Sam West

Kit – Paul Hurrell, Photographer Simon Bryant, Match Day filming David Burrows, Multimedia – Kevin Bishop

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Statton steers Cornwall U.20s to win


SOMERSET U.20, 22 – 34 CORNWALL U.20

By Bill Hooper

Cornwall Under 20s travelled to Taunton on Sunday determined to put behind them the defeat to Devon last month and they did just that with a bonus point win against the hosts.

Cornwall kicked off in bright sunshine soon earning a penalty which centre Jack Statton pushed wide in the blustery wind

On their first visit to the Cornwall twenty-two, Somerset scored an unconverted try in the corner following a good move from the backs.

Rowan Lawrence (Falmouth) of Cornwall U20s is tackled by Will Eaves (Old Redcliffians) of Somerset U20s and Brandon Howard (St Bernadettes OB) of Somerset U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 21/04/24.

Cornwall came under the cosh for a while but some good work from notably skipper Will Perkin kept Somerset at bay.

Statton put in a kick ahead, the bounce fooled the Somerset defence and the ball fell back into the centre’s hands allowing him to run in to open Cornwall’s account.

Alfie MacDonald (Exeter Saracens) of Cornwall U20s dives over for a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 21/04/24.

Cornwall took the lead when full back Alfie MacDonald intercepted a pass near his own line and ran fully 80 meters to score a great try bettered by Statton.

Vice-Captain Statton bagged his brace before half-time again adding the extras for a 19-5 lead.

Cornwall came out fired up and took the game to Somerset, from a scrum the ball was moved through several phases before finding hooker Pete Harris out wide who scored in the corner.

Will Perkin (St Ives) Captain of Cornwall U20s caught between Jonathan Clist (Wellington) of Somerset U20s and Aiden Cable (Chard) of Somerset U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 21/04/24

Cornwall, unfortunately fell foul of the referee as two players were sent in quick succession to the bin for stopping the Somerset drives resulting referee Matt Wray finally awarding Somerset a penalty-try.

Thankfully, Cornwall managed the handicap, increasing their lead with a great finish from replacement wing Amori Matanatabu in the corner.

Pete Harris (St Austell) of Cornwall U20s goes over for a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 21/04/24

Harris then scored his second try of the game from a catch-and-drive, despite two consolation tries for Somerset Cornwall had done enough for the win.

In the other game Devon defeated Gloucestershire 36-21 at Brixham and look likely to top the group and qualify for the next round.

Coach Richie Kevern was pleased with the result, “The boys showed spirit today and played for the shirt, we certainly played better than against Devon but there are still some areas to work on ahead of our next game against Gloucestershire in May.”

Cornwall U.20: Macdonald (Exeter Saracens), Roskilly (Penryn), Deavin (Falmouth), Statton (Launceston), Keogh (St. Just), Walsh-Newton (Falmouth), Chapple (Redruth); Lawrence (Falmouth), Harris (St. Austell), Williams (Penryn), Knight (Saltash), Perkin (St. Ives, Capt), Lister (Penryn), Eddy (Pirates Ams), Ellery (Newquay Hornets).

Replacements: Pope, Ikete (both Camborne School of Mines), Smith (Redruth), Derry (Wadebridge Camels), Blacklock (Falmouth), Matanatabu (Helston), Penhallurick (Falmouth).

Cornwall scores: Tries, Statton 21, 39, MacDonald 27, Harris 43, 70, Matanatabu 54, Conversions, Statton 28, 40

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Cornwall Under 20s

Good luck guys from the Army.

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Team news Cornwall U20 v Somerset U20


Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2024 continues when they play their second pool match in this season Jason Leonard Cup. They travel to Taunton RFC where they will face Somerset U20 with a 1400 kick off time.

CRFU President Andy Reed said “Following the first round of this year’s competition both the hosts and Cornwall lost their opening fixture and so both will be out to make amends. I know the players would like to see a different result and performance against Somerset, but the hosts will be wanting the same and so we should have an entertaining game”.

Cornwall have named Will Perkin (St Ives) as the captain for the season, alongside him is another player from last season, Jack Statton (Launceston) who is the vice-captain.

Coach Rich Kevern said – “We had a poor start to this season’s campaign against a very good Devon side who performed well. We need now to concentrate on what we have covered in training and put that into practice on the field v Somerset. They will have home advantage and will be eager to put one over on us and so we must be ready for a tough 80 minutes”.

Cornwall has a new coaching set up this season, so joining well established Rich Kevern is ex U20 player and current Cornish Pirates lock Steele Barker as the forward’s coach. Always keen to encourage young coaches into the game we see ex senior county player David Mankee assisting the backs with Rich, and Jago Sheppard another ex U20 and member of the winning 2022 team and current Camborne player assisting Steele with the forwards.

Cornwall Captain Will Perkin said, – “We were all disappointed with our performance last time out on what was our only home pool game for the season. We lost two key players in the warmup and first 5 minutes of the game, but we cannot use that as an excuse and should and must be able to adapt to these situations. There are a lot of players training and no one’s shirt is guaranteed, and we must prove to the coaches we are worthy of selection including myself. I know the effort these guys have put in on Sunday mornings and if we can replicate that v Somerset and we put in 100% commitment then hopefully the result will follow”.

Cornwall lost their first game to Devon 7 – 41 whilst Somerset lost to Gloucestershire 57 – 31. The other game in the Southwest pool sees Devon host Gloucestershire, in what will be the top of the table clash. The final pool game of this season sees Cornwall face Gloucestershire away at a new venue of Stow on the Wold RFC on Sunday 5 May with a 1400 kick off time.

The CRFU Chair Dave Saunter said, -”I know the coaches, players were disappointed with the result v Devon, but they were the far stronger and cohesive team on the day. They will have worked hard in training to try and make amends when they face Somerset. This is the time when training becomes tough along with the decisions the coaches must make. The encouraging aspect is several of last season’s U18 squad, who are now 18, are now attending training as well to build again for the remainder of this season and the future”.

There will be marketing and sponsorship opportunities with the Under 20’s team and matches, any individuals or companies that may be interested are asked to contact Tanya Thomas of the CRFU in the first instance. 

Email –

Mob – 07967725368


Sunday 21 APRIL @ TAUNTON RFC 1400 kick off.


Coaches – Rich Kevern, Steele Barker, David Mankee + Jago Sheppard

Team Manager Colin Hatch, Assistant Terry Williams

Medical cover – Hen Gard + Ronnie Bartlett

Kit – Paul Hurrell, Photographer Simon Bryant, Match Day filming David Burrows, Multimedia – Kevin Bishop

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Women’s Tamar Cup

Please note this fixture has been CANCELLED for this season.

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Cornwall Women squad announced

The selectors and coaches have announced their squad for this season’s Gill Burns Cup Division 2 campaign as well as the forthcoming Women’s Tamar Cup match against Devon.

Following a couple of open trials and the recent Women’s Cornwall Cup tournament held at Truro RFC the coaches have selected a squad of 31 players with 16 having been involved last season.

High-flying Launceston Ladies provide nine players to this season’s squad, amongst whom are live-wire scrum-half Amy Warman and powerful prop forward Kim Upcott

There are welcome returns for centre Tia Larson (Bude Ladies), as well as prop Zeta Penrose and back Lauren Chenoweth, a former TASC Cornwall Women’s Player of the Year, both from Truro Women.

There is a good sprinkling of experience in the squad, notably Captain Amy Bunt, along with aforementioned Warman and Upcott.

There are some familiar names absent due to injury, namely forwards Mel Ruby, Briony Eddy and Rhiannon Thomas all three from Launceston Ladies.

Coach Jo Holden explained that this year had again proved challenging in picking the squad. “We have had good numbers coming forward during the trials and the county cup games. It’s been very hard to nail down the final squad as the level keeps improving year on year.

“I think we have a very good mix of experience and emerging young talent that will gel well under the captaincy of Amy Bunt.

“I am excited to see what this squad can achieve in the coming weeks; we have the Tamar Cup game against Devon and then three tough Gill Burns Cup games against Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Somerset. It would really encourage the squad to see a big crowd, especially for our home game at Truro RFC on Sunday 12th May when we take on Hampshire Women.

“As ever we are extremely grateful to our valued sponsors, without their generous support we could not compete at this level.”

The Women’s Tamar Cup match against Devon Women due to take place at Bodmin RFC on Sunday 21st April is likely to change date, please check the CRFU website for updates on the new date.

The 2024 Cornwall Women’s squad

Forwards: Jenna Arnold, Megan Arnold, Vicki Doidge, Kim Upcott, Emily Kneale (all Launceston Ladies), Caitlin Milliken, Elizabeth Langton, Nicole Rowland (all Ivybridge Women), Caitlin Eddy (Helston Vixens Women), Stephanie Nicholas (Camborne Women), Sian Westgarth, Zeta Penrose (both Truro Women), Roberta Smith-Scotland (Plymstock AO Women), Emily Carbis (Devonport S Ladies), Rosie Ninnis, Paige Clarke, Fern-Daisey Cumine (all Penryn Ladies)

Backs: Ellen Armstrong, Amy Warman, Joey Sandercock, Abgail Smith (all Launceston Ladies), Amy Bunt, Rebecca Bennett, Millie Chaston, Megan Okey (all Ivybridge Ladies), Lauren Chenoweth, Lily Relton (both Truro Women), Lisa Allin, Tia Larson (both Bude Ladies), Georgia Hall, Rebecca O’Reilly (both Penryn Ladies). 

Gill Burns Cup Matches;

Sunday 12th May v Hampshire Women @ Truro RFC 2:30 pm

Sunday 19th May v Hertfordshire Women @ Tabard RFC 2:30 pm

Sunday 26th May v Somerset Women @ Taunton RFC 2:30 pm

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Devon regain Tamar Cup



By Bill Hooper

Cornwall travelled to Ivybridge for the annual Tamar Cup clash against Devon on the artificial pitch at Cross-in-Hand.

It was another chance for coaches and selectors to run the rule over potential players for this season’s Bill Beaumont Cup campaign kicking off in May. Disappointingly, the result posed more questions than answers!

Devon kicked off with the wind at their backs in atrocious conditions that lasted the whole match. Cornwall were put on the back foot as Devon manufactured a try in the corner after just 3 minutes with their fly-half kicking an excellent conversion from wide out.

Cornwall did have chances during the first half, however the good work was undone as both lineout and scrum malfunctioned under huge Devon pressure.

Devon doubled their advantage after 18 minutes when they scored from a pick and go near the Cornwall line, the conversion split the uprights.

Cornwall’s grip on the Tamar Cup was well and truly lessened with two further converted Devon tries before half-time making the score 28-0 to the hosts.

Cornwall did make a better fist of it second half, with the game played mostly in the Devon half, whilst the scrum went better the lineout continued to misfire.

Despite some good play from James Tucker, Max Bullen and Dan Tyrrell, Cornwall couldn’t breech the Devon defence until prop Rich Treleaven was driven over for a consolation try.

Cornwall continued to battle away with centre Josh Semmens looking to make ground but Devon’s defence held out to secure a first Tamar Cup win since 2010.

Skipper for the night St. Austell’s Matt Shepherd was naturally disappointed with the result. “Things didn’t go our way tonight. Conceding the fourth try right on half-time gave us a mountain to climb second half.

“Credit to the boys they put in a better performance second half and showed pride in the shirt.”

Cornwall (Launceston unless stated): Shepherd (St. Austell), Davies (Devonport S), Fogden, Semmens (Pirates Ams), Tyrrell (St. Austell), Hennessey (Truro), Boyce (St. Austell); Pearce-Cowley, L Powell (Truro), Lambourn (Pirates Ams), Goldsmith, Horne, Head (Truro), Taylor (St. Austell), Rowley.

Replacements: Treleaven (Wadebridge C), Bulut, Hawken, A Powell (Liskeard-Looe), Elderkin (Truro), Hancock (Bude), Bullen, Plummer (both St. Austell), Tucker.

Cornwall score: Try, Treleaven

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