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Nine lads make South West trial from Cornwall Under 20s




Nine players from this season’s Cornwall Under 20s squad have been picked for the South West Division trial at Keynsham RFC on Sunday 9th April.

A large squad of players has been selected from all the constituent bodies forming the South West group.

Following the trial the squad will be whittled down.

The players selected are

Cory Teague (Wadebridge Camels) – lock

Hugo Culverhouse (Wadebridge Camels)- lock

Max Duggan (St. Austell) – No.8

Noah Nash (Brixham) – scrum-half

Fraser Honey (Launceston) – fly-half

Tom Sandercock (Launceston) – centre

Declan Matthews (Redruth) – centre

Cavan Boyer (St. Austell) – wing

Toby Robinson (St. Austell) – full back

Players will be hoping to emulate Redruth’s Tommy Phillips who has gone on tour with England Counties Under 20s to both Hungary and Russia. The tour this year is due to visit the Netherlands.

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Pirates keep play-off hopes alive whilst Camels reach County final

Photo by Rodney Parrish, TASC ball presentation to Bude

On a glorious spring day the Cornish Pirates put on one of their best displays of the season in defeating last season’s defeated Championship finalists Doncaster Knights 34-17 to keep their play-off hopes alive with two rounds remaining of the league season.

First half tries courtesy of a penalty-try award and a couple of rapier thrusts from Max Bodilly and Kyle Moyle with Laurence May bettering tow of the three tries left the Pirates with a healthy 19-10 lead at half-time.

That was soon improved on when Moyle scored his second try and ensure the bonus point. May then added a penalty before rounding off the scoring by converting his own try.

The only disappointing aspect was the dislocated shoulder picked up hooker Jack Innard which will now curtail his season. Fortunately Tom Channon is due back from injury and will feature against Richmond on April 8th.

In National League 2 South, Redruth made the long trip to leaders Bishop’s Stortford and returned back to Cornwall empty-handed suffering a 32-7.

Jack Oulton scored a consolation try near the end converted by Brett Rule.

With Taunton winning, Redruth slip to fifth place in the table with four games to play.

In National League 3 SW, Camborne kept the pressure on Dings Crusaders for the play-off place with 22-21 win against Bracknell.

Town’s tries came from Josh Semmens, Ashley Lawton, Dave Mankee and Rhys Brownfield with Brownfield kicking a conversion in the tricky wind.

Launceston’s hopes of avoiding relegation were dealt a cruel blow as Brixham scored a converted try in time added on to win 18-17.

The Cornish All Blacks scored tries through Martin Kneebone, Lloyd Duke and Chris Macdonald with Fraser Honey adding a conversion.

It leaves Launceston seven points adrift of Lydney and safety prior to the All Blacks trip to Regentsholm on Saturday.

Truro’s faint hopes of making the play-off in Tribute Western Counties West are all but extinguished following their 24-15 defeat at home to Cullompton.

Truro fielded a changed line up faced with a Cornwall Cup semi-final the next day at Wadebridge Camels.

Ethan Tyler and Matt Cross scored tries for the home side with “Eggy” Williams kicking a conversion and a penalty.

Wadebridge Camels were much in the same boat as they lost at home to Crediton 27-20.

Camels tries came from Rhys Bright, Jack Scott and Christian Cotton with James Grubb kicking a penalty and conversion.


Photo by Rodney Parrish, TASC ball presentation to the Hakes

Bude did their hopes of avoiding a swift return to the Cornwall & Devon League some good with a bonus point win at home against St. Ives 35-22.

Dan Pearce scored three of his side’s tries with Ryan Vincent and Olly Mounce scoring the others. Pearce also kicked tow penalties and a couple of conversions.

For St. Ives, Tom Chandler, Archie Mackay and Jordan Gott all crossed for tries with Gott adding two conversions and a penalty.

St. Austell had a resounding win 62-5 at home to Torquay Athletic scoring ten tries. Toby Robinson and Miles Davey each scored a brace with Adam Kellow, Hugh Noot, Ian Venner, George Knowles, Shane Johns and Mark Martin all joining in the scoring. Andy Ashwin kicked six conversions.

In London 2 SW, a fine defensive performance underpinned another bonus point win for Champions London Cornish, five tries on the road enough to see off mid table Winchester by 32-5. Tries were scored by Rich Stephens, George Kimmins with two, Mark Osei-Tutu and Matt Hakes, Kimmins adding two conversions and a penalty.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, it looks like that despite a fine 67-14 win at Tavistock Falmouth cannot yet pop the champagne corks and celebrate the league title.

Despite losing AJ Geach to a red card mid-way through the first half when the Eagles led 26-7, the visitors were in no mood to buckle and pressed their foot on the pedal even harder.

In the end Seb Firth (3), Tom Edmonds (2), Tom Simmons, Dan Hubble, Tom Spiller, Mark Lea, David Jones and Hugo Page scored the tries with Justyn Irons slotting six conversions.

Pirates Amateurs couldn’t do Saltash any favours as they went down 44-15 at the Mennaye to second place Paignton. The Amateurs scored three good tries through Steve Evans, Hitchens and Lonsdale.

Saltash kept the pressure on Paignton with a 62-17 win over relegated Topsham, Dom Mulberry, Steve Hillman, Phil Eatwell (2), Nick Blake (2), Ryan Cruickshanks, Kieran Down, Simon Nance and Ben Stean all crossed form tries with Harrison Reburn (4), Blake and Down kicking six conversions.

Penryn boosted their morale with a 31-27 win at Withycombe. Borough’s tries came via Grant Randlesome, James Salisbury (2) and Will Gibson, all converted by Mitch Vague who also landed a penalty.

Lanner pulled off another fine win this time at Plymouth Argaum 22-16. Adam Kevern, Adam Harris and Dave Hewitt scored tries with Nick Prout kicking the other points.

Bottom of the table Tamar Saracens 12-9 win over Bodmin did the Cornish side no favours and sees them slip into the bottom three.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Hayle clinched the title in style defeating Helston 82-7 scoring twelve tries. Congratulations to the Lions who have bounced back into the Cornwall & Devon League at the first attempt.

Newquay Hornets remain in second after their 31-7 win in the North Coast derby at St. Agnes.

Liskeard-Looe are just two points behind Hornets following their win 44-17 over Roseland.

Camborne School of Mines defeated Veor 44-17 to put paid to the visitor’s outside hopes of a play-off place.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, leaders Illogan Park were given a fright at Stithians before emerging 22-20 winners.

They remain four points ahead of Lankelly-Fowey who beat St. Just 48-24.

Lankelly-Fowey travel to Illogan Park this Saturday, for what looks set to be a title decider and looking to repeat their 34-16 win earlier in the season.

Perranporth had a walkover against Camelford.

On Sunday the second Tribute Cornwall Cup semi-final was played at Wadebridge and it was the Camels that came through against Truro 42-31 thanks to tries from Matt Ballard (2), Adam Blackmore (2), Joe Pretty, Mike Rawlings and Harry Smith. James Grubb kicking the other seven points.

Well done to the Camels who will now face St. Austell in the final on Easter Monday at Redruth RFC.




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Hampshire 25-19 Cornwall – report from last Sunday’s Under 20 pool game




Report by Roger Watson at Overton RFC

Despite a valiant fight back in the last ten minutes the young “Black & Golds” went down 25-19 to a well organised Hampshire side who sealed the group with their third victory of the campaign. Gloucestershire’s victory over Berkshire meant the end of the road for this season’s campaign for Cornwall who finished third in the group.

Cornwall were well supported at Overton RFC who ply their trade in Hampshire II (Level 10 of the rugby pyramid). It was a strange setting for county rugby at the end of what appeared to be a lengthy farm track on a steeply sloping pitch. Apparently, Hampshire Under 20s love it there and they were certainly quickly out of the blocks looking well fired up for the encounter.

Playing up the hill with a strong breeze at their backs the hosts opened the scoring after five minutes with a forty-five-metre penalty from centre Matt Evenhand. Ten minutes later left wing James Wise showed electrifying pace to exploit the space vacated whilst Cornish full back Toby Robinson was off the field for a head injury assessment. His touch down in the corner went unconverted.

With five minutes of the first period remaining the visitors set up a promising attack on the Hampshire line but the ball was turned over and kicked up field culminating in a try for full back Adam Musa. Evenhand added the extras to give Hampshire a 15 – 0 lead at the break.

Despite having the advantage of the wind for the second half the steep slope appeared to give the visitors a mountain to climb both metaphorically and literally and despite a try-saving tackle by Robinson it seemed all over when Jerome Rudder and Cameron Smith combined for Smith to touch down for an unconverted try which extended the Hampshire lead to 20 – 0.

Cornwall dug deep with centre Declan Matthews carrying well and a period of sustained pressure saw the visitors open their account with a Jack Osborne try converted by Fraser Honey fifteen minutes into the second half.

The “Black & Golds” continued to press but ten minutes later Hampshire’s flying left wing, Wise, used his pace once again to cross in the corner for the home side’s bonus point try.

The final ten minutes saw the Cornish boys show real character as they stormed forward to set up a try for Cameron Sayer. Honey’s conversion attempt went wide but with the deficit reduced to thirteen points the visitors sensed that an upset was possible and threw everything at Hampshire. An excellent backs move led to a Robinson try converted by Honey.

With four minutes remaining and only one score separating the sides Cornwall kept the ball alive and pressed hard but the Hampshire defence held on to secure their quarter-final berth.

Hampshire: Adam Musa (Camberley), Jerome Rudder (Havant), Matt Evenhand (Trojans), Cameron Smith (London Scottish Academy), James Wise (Leicester University), Eddie Lewis (Havant), Ben Holt (Cardiff Met University); Oliver Baker-Clipston (New Milton & District), Stefan Younghusband (capt) (Loughborough University), Elliott Bellman (Havant), Rob Cuffe (Havant), Ed Grinsted (Chichester), Seb Herold (Cardiff University), Josh Moore (Esher), Jordan Gray (Plymouth University).

Replacements: Rhys Driver (Overton), George Cotterell (Trojans), Kevin Raqio (Tottonians), Matt Whitehead (Havant), Joe Holland (Durham University), Jonny Glendening (Cardiff Met University), Sam Bloomer (Winchester).

Cornwall: T Robinson (St Austell), E. Tyler (Truro), D. Matthews (Redruth), M. Blee (Camborne), C. Boyer (St Austell), F. Honey (Launceston), N. Nash (Brixham), J. Bishop (St Ives), L. Powell (Redruth), J. Hodge (Redruth), H. Culverhouse (Wadebridge), D. Reed (Wadebridge), H. Smith (Wadebridge), W. Gilder (Capt.) (St Austell), M. Duggan (St Austell).

Replacements: M. Healey (Penryn), A. Vincent (Lankelly-Fowey), J. Osborne (Launceston), C. Sayer (Camborne), R. Edwards (Launceston), T. Sandercock (Launceston), H. Jones (Unattached).

Coaches: Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins, Matt Shepherd

Team Manager: Chris Lea


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Truro & Saltash progess to National Cup semis, Cornwall Under 20s lose out in Hampshire

Outside of the Cornish Pirates Championship game at leaders London Irish it was the National Cup Quarter-finals that took centre stage.

The Pirates were rocked by a dazzling Irish first half spell that saw the home side race into 34-0 lead inside 30 minutes.

Credit though to the Cornish Pirates as they came back with a couple of unconverted tries before half-time through Jake Parker and Alex Dancer.

London Irish found the Cornish Pirates a harder nut to crack during the second half adding just one further try right at the end to end up 39-10 winners.

With Jersey winning the Pirates have now slipped back to sixth in the Championship, five points behind Doncaster Knights in fourth and ten behind Ealing in third.

With the Knights next up at the Mennaye this Sunday, nothing less than a win will do to keep any hopes alive of making the top four.

In the South West Division Final of the Intermediate Cup (otherwise known as the quarter-finals) Truro had a resounding win at Southern Counties South side Swanage & Wareham 46-10.

Luke Tidball helped himself to four tries whilst Ashley Hosking scored a brace and kicked four conversions and a penalty for a twenty-one point haul. Truro’s other try came from Matt Symons.

Truro now face a trip to Charlton Park for their semi-final after the London side defeated a depleted London Cornish 32-17, the exiles first competitive loss this season.

Meanwhile in the South West Divisional Final (it’s still a quarter-final) of the Senior Vase, Saltash beat visiting Swindon College Old Boys 22-5 at Moorlands.

Ashes scored three tries through James Moriarty, Lewis Wells and Shaun Crawford with Harrison Reburn kicking a couple of conversions and a penalty.

Saltash’s reward is a semi-final tie at Farnham in Surrey.

The only league rugby in Cornwall was played in Cornwall Leagues 1 & 2. Hayle moved to within a win of sealing the Cornwall 1 title without playing as Roseland couldn’t raise a side.

Newquay Hornets have moved back to second place behind Hayle after defeating Liskeard-Looe 38-15. Officials at Hornets have indicated to league officials that they will decline promotion for this season as they look to rebuild the club.

Fourth placed Veor lost ground when they were defeated at Helston 33-30, whilst St. Agnes pipped Camborne School of Mines 21-17.

In Cornwall 2, Illogan Park went back to the top of the table without playing as Perranporth conceded the game. Illogan Park are now four points ahead of Lankelly-Fowey.

Camelford did travel to Redruth Albany and played a friendly game having conceded the league points.

Stithians played and won at St. Just 18-17.

St. Austell won through to this season’s Tribute Cornwall Cup final after beating Falmouth 27-13 at Tregorrick Parc.

Falmouth led at the break 6-3 thanks to a couple of Tom Edmonds’ penalties to an effort from Liam Freeman for the Saints.

In the second half St. Austell pulled away thanks to tries from George Knowles (2), Freeman and Miles Davey with Freeman landing a couple of conversions.

Falmouth replied with a David Jones’ try again bettered by Edmonds.

St. Austell will face in the final either Wadebridge Camels or Truro who play this Sunday.

On Sunday there was disappointment for St. Austell Colts when they lost their National Colts Cup Quarter-final at Guildford 38-12.

Cornwall Under 20s completed their pool matches suffering a second defeat when going down to Hampshire Under 20s 25-19 at Overton.

The Cornish lads found themselves 20-0 down early in the second half before rallying with three tries but Hampshire scored a fourth try to make sure they topped the group and leave Cornwall in third place.

In the other game Gloucestershire defeated Berkshire 31-5 to ensure the second qualifying berth.

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Cornwall make eight changes for crunch game

Photo: Tom Sandercock one of four Launceston players in the Cornwall squad on Sunday

Cornwall Under 20s travel to play Hampshire this Sunday knowing nothing less than a win will do to keep them in this season’s competition.

It will be a tough task against a Hampshire side that has won both opening games, but one the Cornish lads will relish.

CRFU President Peter James said “This will be another test for these young guys; having won one and lost one it is all  to play for. Having watched them at Redruth and Camborne I know they have the spirit and ability to put in a good performance and get a result!”

For Cornwall and Hampshire it is all to play for on the day along with Gloucestershire in the other match, results will determine the quarter finalists from the three teams.

Cornwall have once again shuffled the pack for this game with no less than eight changes to the starting XV from the Gloucestershire game.

There is a completely new front row with St. Ives’ James Bishop at loose-head teaming up with hooker Luis Powell and tight-head Jack Hodge both from Redruth and with National League experience.

Dan Reed comes in to partner Hugo Culverhouse in the second row with another Camel Harry Smith coming into the back row.

In the backs fit again Fraser Honey comes in at fly half whilst there are recalls for both Ethan Tyler (wing) and Toby Robinson full-back.

Coach Mike Rawlings said. “The result against Gloucestershire was disappointing, they out scrummaged us and conditions on the day led to a forward orientated game and they rightly took advantage. On the day they deserved the win and will take the fight to Berkshire to try to claim a quarter-final spot.”

Cornwall Captain Will Gilder said. “The guys were disappointed to lose against Gloucestershire but on the day they were the better team and played to their strengths. We have had two further training sessions and look forward to what will be a hard trip up to Overton to face Hampshire in our final pool game of the season.

“Having the conditions in our favour in the first half and with the score only 9 – 12, meant the final 40 minutes was always going to be a tough ask. However, to lose the second half by only the 6 points, showed true guts and determination from the guys.”

Team manager Chris Lea said. “It’s real shame after the first game of the season, but they are still in with a chance, but it is a must win game. The vagaries of U20 rugby mean we lose up to 50% of our squad every year through age qualification. There are a number of these guys who will be around next season and we will be looking at new talent who can come into the squad and join them next season.”




1)     JAMES BISHOP             St IVES RFC

2)     LUIS POWELL                REDRUTH RFC

3)    JACK HODGE                    REDRUTH RFC


5)    DAN REED                         WADEBRIDGE CAMELS RFC



8)     MAX DUGGAN                 St AUSTELL RFC

9)     NOAH NASH                    BRIXHAM RFC


11)   CAVAN BOYER                St AUSTELL RFC

12)   MATT BLEE                    CAMBORNE RFC


14)   ETHAN TYLER               TRURO RFC



16)   MATT HEALY                 PENRYN RFC









23)     HECTOR BRIGHT            St AUSTELL RFC

24)     CALLUM BOYCE             St AUSTELL RFC


26)     KIERON VINSON             PENRYN RFC

Coaches – Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins, Matt Shepherd

Team Manager – Chris Lea

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Pirates crash out of B & I Cup, but London Cornish clinch title

There was huge disappointment for the Cornish Pirates on Friday night when they lost their quarter-final tie in this season’s British & Irish Cup to Jersey Reds at rue des Landes 36-20.

A late flurry from the visitors when they scored a couple of tries saved some blushes on a night to forget.

Despite having lock Brett Beukeboom back from international duty with Canada, the Pirates lost flanker Alex Cheesman early in the game with a suspected dislocated and broken thumb.

Despite a couple of early Will Cargill penalties the Pirates found themselves trailing 21-6 at half-time and it got worse soon after the re-start. With time running out and trailing 36-6 the Cornish side struck back with late tries from skipper Tom Duncan and prop Paul Andrew both converted by Laurence May, but it was far too little too late.

Coach Gavin Cattle rued his side’s performance. “It was far below what we have achieved this season, our kicking game was poor as was our kick execution, we were second best at scrum time also. Hats off to Jersey who deserved the win on the night.”

In National League 2 South on Saturday, Redruth defeated Clifton at the Recreation Ground 26-7.

A dour first half saw the Reds lead 7-0 at the break thanks to a pick and go try from skipper Kyle Marriott converted by fly-half Joe Elderkin.

In the second half Elderkin finished off a fine move for the Red’s second try with late scores coming from Dean Bonds and the excellent Jack Oulton, Elderkin added a further two conversions.

In National 3SW, Camborne fought back at Bournemouth from 27-5 to draw 33 all.

Trailing 17-0 the Cherry and Whites got on the board thanks to an unconverted try from Jack Simmons. Bournemouth stretched away again before Town struck back with tries from Rhodri McAtee and Jon Drew both converted by Rhys Brownfield. Bournemouth added two further penalties before further converted tries from Drew and Sam Bartle tied the scores.

Camborne’s three points from the game keep them in third place, two pints behind second placed Dings Crusaders.

At the other end of the table Launceston lost 20-15 at Bracknell and now find themselves eight points behind Lydney and safety.

There was a welcome and timely return from injury for Fraser Honey who kicked a conversion and penalty, Greg Loydall and Jordan Duke with the tries for the All Blacks.

In Tribute Western Counties West, defeat for Truro at relegation haunted Crediton 20-16. Jack Tidball scored Truro’s try converted by Ashley Hosking who also kicked three penalties. With five games to play Truro could still nick a play-off place if other results go their way.

St. Ives completed the double over Wadebridge Camels winning 20-15 at Alexandra Road. Jacob Ninnes, Paul Nicholas and Lewis Thomas scored tries for the Hakes with Jordan Gott kicking a conversion and a penalty.

For the Camels Mike Rawlings and Jack Scott scored tries with James Grubb adding a penalty and a conversion.

St. Austell went down to likely champions Exeter University 38-14. Toby Robinson and Peter Rowe scored tries for the Saints both bettered by Liam Freeman.

Bude got a vital win in their battle at the bottom of the table against fellow relegation candidates Wellington 22-15. Adam Black, James Comber and Matt Trewin scored tries with Dan Pearce kicking a penalty and two conversions.

In London 2 SW, London Cornish won 41-27 at Old Tonbridgians, a result that sees them crowned champions and promotion to London 1 South next season (level 6). James La Broy (3), Tom Jeffery (2), Jake Slade and Matt Hakes scored the exiles tries with George Kimmins adding three conversions.

Celebrations were marred by an injury to centre Dave Funston early in the second half who had to be hospitalised but thankfully appears to be on the mend. We wish him well.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Falmouth clinched promotion without playing as Tamar Saracens couldn’t raise a side. The league title should be clinched at home to Tavistock on March 25th.

Saltash kept the pressure on Paignton for the second promotion place with a 38-17 win at Bodmin, who have slipped into the relegation berth following this latest defeat.

Ryan Rayner (2), Ryan Cruickshanks, Steve Hillman, Shaun Crawford and Lewis Wells all crossed for tries for the Ashes with Harrison Reburn kicking four conversions.

For Bodmin Paul Carter, Cody Armstrong and Harry Harland scored tries with Jamie Taylor adding a conversion.

Penryn lost at Paignton 35-7 with Matt Horton scoring their only try which he converted.

Lanner enjoyed another resounding win seeing off Pirates Amateurs at St. Day 43-3.

The Falcons scored seven tries through Dave Hewett (3), Jordan Hood (2), Robbie Kessell and Nick Prout who also added a conversion and two penalties.

Dan Magee kicked a penalty for the Amateurs.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Hayle took a big step towards the title and an immediate return to the Cornwall & Devon League next season with a 33-0 win over Newquay Hornets.

Liskeard-Looe moved above Hornets into second place following their 36-7 win at Lux Park against St. Agnes.

Veor are within striking distance in fourth place after their 27-7 win at home to Roseland.

Helston beat Camborne School of Mines 24-0 at Penryn.

The Students are in action this Wednesday evening when they travel to leaders Hayle a game brought forward due to the forthcoming Easter holidays.

Sadly only one game was played in Tribute Cornwall 2 when leaders Lankelly-Fowey won at Stithians 19-7. The game was cut short due to an injury to a Stithians player after 63 minutes. We wish him well.

Both Illogan Park and St. Just were awarded walkovers against Redruth Albany and Perranporth respectively; however Perran travelled to St. Just and played a friendly game.

Congratulations to Jack Nowell as England retained the Calcutta Cup and the RBS 6 Nations Championship following their 61-21 against Scotland at Twickenham.

They now look to complete back-to-back Grand Slams and Triple Crowns in Dublin on Saturday.

England Under 20s will seek to complete their own Grand Slam against Ireland at Donnybrook with Cornish Pirates dual registered player Josh Caulfield in the squad.



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Pirates must re-group for Friday night cup tie

There was no St. Piran’s Day win for the Cornish Pirates in their Greene King Championship fixture against Jersey Reds on Sunday at a windswept Mennaye.

The Islanders took the spoils 7-5 with the few points scored all coming during the second half.

Pirates had first use of the wind, and to be fair didn’t appear to make best use of it.

Jersey got a converted try before Kyle Moyle pounced on confusion in the Jersey twenty-two following Max Bodilly’s speculative kick, sadly Will Cargill’s effort sailed past the right hand upright at the Newlyn end.

Coach Alan Paver was disappointed his side couldn’t have made more of their possession. “It was difficult for both sides but credit to Jersey for handling it better. We couldn’t keep possession, we kicked poorly from hand, our lineout didn’t function. That period of pressure we had near half-time on their line and then the referee pings us at scrum time was hard to take. We’d driven them back twice and then it goes down, the referee saw something so there we are. It was the right decision from the lads we were the dominant scrum building momentum.

Paver expects Friday’s Cup game to be just as physical. “We will prepare for Friday night it’s going to be another huge challenge for us, two sides locking horns, set-piece will be key, we will keep that wheel turning and hope we can do enough to get the win over there.”

On Saturday, Redruth made the long trip to Canterbury worthwhile as they ran out winners in their National League 2 South game 29-18. Tommy Phillips, Jack Oulton (2), Matt Gidlow and Joel Matavesi all crossed for tries with Joe Elderkin adding two conversions on his debut. The win lifts the Reds back up to fourth place with six games to play.

In National 3 SW, Camborne slipped to only their second home defeat of the season as leaders Old Redcliffians virtually sealed promotion with a 23-12 win.

Matt Blee and Jack Simmons scored tries for the Cherry and Whites with Rhys Brownfield adding a conversion in the swirling wind.

Town slipped to third following this defeat just a point behind Dings Crusaders and still with a shout of a play-off place.

At the other end of the table Launceston battled to another vital win 8-7 against visitors Bournemouth. Brandon Rowley, on his club debut, scored the All Blacks try with Martin Kneebone kicking the vital penalty. Launceston have closed the gap on Lydney to just four points. They have all to play for.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro defeated St. Ives 15-10 at St. Clements Hill. Ollie Seagrove, Mark Carlyon and Jack Hazelton all scored unconverted tries for the city side, whilst for the Hakes Jamie Prisk crossed for a try converted by Jordan Gott who also kicked a penalty.

Wadebridge Camels won a try-fest against Bude 41-31 in the North Cornwall derby.

Camels out scored Bude seven tries to five with Rhys Bright getting two for Wadebridge.

St. Austell got a welcome win 24-12 against Devonport Services at home. Cornwall Under 20 star Max Duggan with two more tries to add to his impressive haul this season. Hugh Noot scored the other try all converted by Liam Freeman who also nudged a penalty over for good measure.

Almost there are London Cornish following their latest win in London 2 SW. The exiles won 19-10 at Effingham & Leatherhead. Matt Hakes scored their only try brilliantly converted in the conditions by George Kimmins, who also landed four penalties. A bonus point win against Old Tonbridgians next Saturday will see them clinch the league and promotion to London 1 South next season.

The same can be said for Falmouth in the Tribute Cornwall & Devon league. A 32-22 win against second placed Saltash on the artificial pitch at Keyham, the only Cornish derby played in Devon, puts the Eagles a massive 18 points clear with five games to play, and with their next game at home to relegated Tamar Saracens on Saturday another five points will see them crowned.

A brace of tries each from Tom Spiller and Tom Edmonds plus the trusty boot of Justyn Irons saw Falmouth to the win.

Saltash battled well scoring four tries through Will Morton, Ollie Mulberry, Tom Rixson and Phil Eatwell with Kieran Down adding a conversion. Saltash remain in second place four points ahead of Paignton, who have a game in hand, and who they visit on the last day of the season!

Lanner sid the double over Penryn when they won 22-10 at the Memorial Ground. Nick Prout (2), Dan Job and Jordan Hood scored for the Falcons with Prout adding a conversion. For the Borough Grant Randlesome got a try converted by Matt Horton who also added a penalty.

Pirates Amateurs edged Honiton 18-17 at the Mennaye thanks to a last-gasp Dan Magee penalty. Ryan Stanley and Steve Evans scored the Ams’ tries with Magee adding a conversion and an earlier penalty.

Bodmin slipped to another defeat 36-10at Plymstock. Jon Trevarthan added the conversion to a penalty-try and also a penalty for their points.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Hayle won 15-8 at St. Agnes to move clear of Newquay Hornets who were defeated at home by Veor 13-7. Liskeard-Looe closed the gap on Hornets following their 22-3 win over bottom of the table Camborne School of Mines. Roseland beat Helston 19-7.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, St. Just defeated Redruth Albany 37-7. Illogan Park and Lankelly Fowey had walkovers against Camelford and Perranporth, although Perranporth played the game as a friendly.

Congratulations to Camborne Reserves who retained their Tribute Duchy League title following a 27-6 win at nearest challengers St. Austell.

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Cornish Pirates maintain play-off challenge



Photo: London Cornish DoR Dickon Moon


Nicolas De Battista’s try scored in the dying moments of the game gave the Pirates a bonus point win 34-5 against Rotherham Titans. The win sees the Cornish side leap-frog Jersey in the championship table back into fifth place. The two sides will lock horns at the Mennaye on Sunday, St. Piran’s Day!

The Pirates’ other tries came from Tom Duncan, Tom Channon and man-of-the-match John Stevens.

Laurence May kicked three conversions and a couple of penalties, with Will Cargill adding the extras to De Battista’s late effort.

In the Cornwall & Devon League, Falmouth finally caught up with their game-in-hand defeating Tamar Saracens 61-12. Dave Jones bagged four tries, Dan Hubble two, with Tom Simmons, Brad Cock and Tom Edmonds, skipper Justyn Irons kicked eight conversions.  The win puts Falmouth 14 points clear at the top of the table.

In Cornwall 1 Helston defeated leaders Newquay Hornets 29-8, whilst their nearest challengers Hayle were held 12 all by Liskeard-Looe. Veor defeated St. Agnes 27-17 and Roseland won 24-5 at Camborne School of Mines.

Newquay Hornets still head the table but only on points difference from Hayle, with Liskeard-Looe a further five points behind.

In Cornwall 2 Lankelly-Fowey moved to the top of the table following their 36-8 win at Trewergie against Redruth Albany. St Just defeated Camelford 24-12, Stithians had a walkover against Perranporth.

Congratulations to the Cornish sides who made progress in their National Cups last weekend. Truro won 14-7 at Chew Valley in the Intermediate Cup, thanks to tries from Jack & Luke Tidball both bettered by Ashley Hosking.

Truro’s reward is a trip to Swanage and Wareham in what is a quarter-final tie on March 18th.

London Cornish in the same competition easily defeated Harrow 63-20 to reach the last eight, they now face Charlton Park should they win then the winners of Truro’s tie await them in the semis.

In the Senior Vase, Saltash advanced to the last eight defeating Winscombe 32-20. Ashes tries came from Will Morton (2), Ryan Cruickshanks  and James Moriarty. Kieran Down kicked the other points.

Saltash will face Swindon Old Boys at home in the last eight again on Match 18th.

St. Austell Colts made it through to the last eight of the National Colts Cup after beating Thornbury Colts 26-8.

Cornwall Under 20s lost their second group game to Gloucestershire Under 20s 9-18 at Redruth on Sunday. St. Austell’s Cavan Boyer kicked all Cornwall’s points in the first half. The Gloucestershire pack dominated throughout in the heavy conditions.

Cornwall travel to Hampshire for their final group game on Sunday March 19th.

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Gloucestershire out-muscle Cornwall up front



By Bill Hooper at the Recreation Ground Redruth.

Cornwall have it all to do in three weeks time against Hampshire following defeat in their second pool game of this season’s Championship.

The conditions suited the big heavy Gloucestershire pack which they revelled in. Sadly Cornwall had no answer to the powerful visiting scrum, they were mercilessly penalised by the referee, with the penalty count against them well into double figures, and more, by the end. It was a salutary lesson for the lads.

Naturally it was a result and performance that disappointed Cornwall coach Mike Rawlings. He said. “We were never going to win that game without any scrum or set-piece ball, we weren’t good enough today in a game and conditions that suited an upfront game and that obviously cost us dear.

“Credit to the boys, they never gave up trying and at the end they managed to pinch one against the head.

Rawlings acknowledges that it had been a steep learning curve. “Some of the lads learnt a lot today, a steep learning curve for them, hopefully they can take that lesson going forward and we can improve on that in our next game.

“We will regroup at training over the next couple of Sundays at Truro College and look to address the problems we had today.

“The focus now is away to Hampshire if we can get a win up there then we will progress to the quarter finals and that would be a great achievement for this young group this season.

There were aspects from Cornwall’s performance that pleased Rawlings. “I thought Cavan Boyer kicked his penalties very well in difficult conditions. Max Duggan at No.8 carried well he brings a lot of aggressiveness to his game, Cory Teague got through a lot of work and Declan Matthews in the centre tried very hard on a day that didn’t suit the backs.

Playing down the slope into the driving rain Gloucestershire dominated from the kick-off as Cornwall struggled at the set-piece; it was no surprise that the visitors went ahead after just 7 minutes when skipper Tyler Jerum powered over with an unconverted try.

A high ball into the twenty-two from centre Declan Matthews was not released by Gloucestershire’s full back Macaulay Dale leading to a penalty kicked by wing Cav Boyer.

Boyer was on the money with another kick just a couple of minutes later for Cornwall to put his side 6-5 up.


Cornwall were still under pressure at scrum time, eventually referee Max Weston’s patience wore out with Cornwall prop Adam Wright being yellow carded.

Gloucestershire maintained their domination scoring a second try from a catch and drive through winger Terence Barbarinsa, converted by centre Robbie Faulkner.

Cornwall No.8 Max Duggan was having another excellent game, he carried a lot of ball and looked dangerous going forward. A good break by fly-half Callum Boyce led to a third penalty success for Boyer and leave Cornwall trailing 9-12 at half-time.

If Cornwall hoped playing down the slope would bring a change of fortune it didn’t materialise as the rain and murk intensified during the second half. Two penalties from Faulkner closed the game out for the visitors.

Despite great vocal support from the contingent of Trelawny’s Army at the game, Cornwall couldn’t find a way through a very well-organised Gloucestershire defence.

Frustrations erupted a couple of times during the game when a couple of bouts of fisticuffs broke out, but the dye was cast well before the final whistle sounded.

Cornwall must now travel to unbeaten Hampshire for their final game in three weeks time. Hampshire defeated Berkshire 36-24 at Sonning in the other game played on Sunday.


Cornwall U.20s: R Edwards (Launceston), D Hubble (Falmouth), D Matthews (Redruth), M Blee (Camborne), C Boyer, C Boyce (both St. Austell), N Nash (Brixham); A Wright (Redruth), C Dewson (Launceston), K Vinson (Penryn), H Culverhouse, C Teague (both Wadebridge Camels), J Osborne (Launceston), W Gilder (Capt), M Duggan (both St. Austell).

Replacements: J Hodge (Redruth), A Vincent (Lankelly-Fowey), M Scott (Saltash), C Sayer (Camborne), B Andrews (Devonport Services), S Firth (Falmouth), H Jones (Unattached).

Cornwall scores: Pens, Boyer (3)

Yellow Card: Wright (20)

Gloucestershire U.20s: M Dale (Bristol Uni), T Babarinsa (Cinderford), R Smith (Cardiff Met), R Faulkner (Drybrook), F Murphy (Cleve), T Webb (Newent), S Boyland (Brighton Uni); C Lane (Lydney), J Williams (Gloucs Uni),  A Chalkin (Bristol Uni), W Greenway (Gloucs Uni), R Herbert (Stroud), B Mustoe, T Jerum (Capt) (both Cleve).

Replacements: J Hughes (O Patesians) C Lane (Lydney), F Crosby (Gloucs Uni), M Adams (Cinderford), L Locke (Longlevens), M Loader (Salisbury), F Sharp (Clifton), T Knight (Chosen Hill FP).

Gloucestershire scores: Tries Jerum, Babarinsa, Con, Faulkner, Pens, Faulkner (2)

Referee: Max Weston (Somerset RRS)

Crowd: 250



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Cornwall make changes for Gloucestershire test

Photo: Cornwall u.20 in action against Gloucestershire last season


Cornwall Rugby Football Union  Under 20 County Championship campaign 2017 continues on Sunday 26 February with a home game at Redruth against Gloucestershire kick-off 2 pm.

Following the first game against Berkshire, Cornwall has held a further two training sessions at Truro College.

CRFU President Peter James said “This will be another test for these young guys; playing Gloucestershire is never an easy game.  Having watched the game at Camborne I was encouraged by the skill, commitment and overall team spirit within the camp. A good start but another hard game on Sunday against a side that has something to prove”

Cornwall face one further game in the pool stage, against Hampshire, who won their opening game away to Gloucestershire 12-10, on Sunday March 19 at Overton RFC Hampshire.

Coach Bryn Jenkin said “The result against Berkshire was pleasing; however there were some basic errors that we needed to work on. Although a cracking result for the squad we now have to get our feet firmly back on the ground for the game on Sunday.”

Cornwall have made six changes to the starting XV from the Berkshire game with four of those in the pack.

Kieron Vinson starts at tight-head, whilst Callum Dewson comes in at hooker. In the second row Hugo Culverhouse partners Cory Teague in a Wadebridge Camels’ boiler house.

In the back row Jack Osborne steps up from the bench n to partner Will Gilder and Max Duggan.

In the backs Falmouth’s Dan Hubble comes in on the wing, fresh from his five-try haul against Plymstock Albion Oaks last weekend, whilst Reuben Edwards is another who steps up from the bench staring at full-back.

On the bench four new players come in Jack Hodge, Aaron Vincent, Brandon Andrews and Matt Blee all come in to join Matt Scott and Cam Sayer who drop to the bench.

Backs Coach Matt Shepherd said. “We must learn from the last game against Berkshire we were not up to the mark in the first 15 minutes which could have put us on catch up all the game. Once the team gained the upper hand, they relaxed, scored some brilliant tries with great forwards and back interplays”

Cornwall earned a bonus point win against Berkshire coming out winners 64 – 3 at Camborne RFC. A good crowd of over 200 people were there to cheer on the team and we hope for similar support at Redruth on Sunday 26 February. Entry will be by purchase on the gate of a £5 programme with U16 entering for free.

Skipper Will Gilder added. “To be part of the last game and see the way the boys came together after a tough first ten minutes, gave a real show of our potential, but now we have to come back down to earth to go into the Gloucestershire game level headed and composed. They will be a tough outfit and will no doubt put us under pressure from the word go, therefore we need to play for the 80 minutes to hopefully get the result we want.”






1)   Adam Wright                   Redruth RFC

2)   Callum Dewson              Launceston RFC

3)   Kieron Vinson                 Penryn RFC

4)   Hugo Culverhouse         Wadebridge Camels RFC

5)   Cory Teague                   Wadebridge Camels RFC

6)   Jack Osborne                  Launceston RFC

7)   Will Gilder (Captain)       St Austell RFC

8)   Max Duggan                    St Austell RFC

9)   Noah Nash                       Brixham RFC

10) Callum Boyce                  St Austell RFC

11) Cavan Boyer                   St Austell RFC

12) Tom Sandercock          Launceston RFC

13) Declan Matthews            Redruth RFC

14) Dan Hubble                     Falmouth RFC

15) Reuben Edwards            Launceston RFC




16) Jack Hodge                     Redruth RFC

17) Aaron Vincent                 Lankelly Fowey RFC

18) Matt Scott                        Saltash RFC

19) Cam Sayer                       Camborne RFC

20) Brandon Andrews       Devonport Services RFC

21) Matt Blee                         Camborne RFC

22) Harvey Jones                  Unattached


Travelling Reserves:-


Dan Reed                               Matt Healey                            Harry Smith                          

Seb Firth                                Ethan Tyler                            Toby Robinson

Hector Bright                                    Connor Gilbert                     



Coaches – Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins, Matt Shepherd

Team Manager – Chris Lea


  • 1 Alex Chalklin University of Bristol RFC
  • 2 Jack Williams University of Gloucestershire RFC
  • 3 Jacob Hughes Old Patesians RFC
  • 4 Will Greenway Drybrook RFC
  • 5 George West University of Gloucestershire RFC
  • 6 Regan Herbert Stroud RFC
  • 7 Brandon Mustoe Cleve RFC
  • 8 Tyler Jerum Cleve RFC (Capt)
  • 9 Sam Boyland Brighton University RFC
  • 10 Tom Webb Newent RFC
  • 11 Finn Murphy Cleve RFC
  • 12 Robbie Faulkner Drybrook RFC
  • 13 Robbie Smith Cardiff Metropolitan University RFC
  • 14 Terence Babarinsa Cinderford RFC
  • 15 Macaulay Dale University of Bristol RFC
  • Replacements:
  • 16 Costner Lane Lydney RFC
  • 17 Frank Crosby University of Gloucestershire RFC
  • 18 Matthew Adams Cinderford RFC
  • 19 Lewis Locke Longlevens RFC
  • 20 Matt Loader Salisbury RFC
  • 21 Finn Sharp Clifton RFC
  • 22 Tom Knight Chosen Hill Former Pupils RFC
  • Travelling Reserves
  • Jack Lister Cirencester RFC
  • George Dowse University of Gloucestershire RFC
  • Jordan Taylor Cinderford RFC
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