Interview with Graham Dawe by the Rugby Journal

Good interview with Graham on the farm looking back over his remarkable rugby career.

Access article in the link

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Terry Pryor – RIP

Trelawny’s Army were saddened to learn of the passing of former county captain Terry Pryor.

Pryor, who was a former school teacher at Redruth School, was one of the finest props Cornwall has produced.

Terry Pryor holding the ball.

He played for Cornwall 55 times, captaing the county during the 1977-78 season.

Redruth was his club and he captained them during their centenary season in 1975.

An England trialist and bench replacement, he did captain England B on their tour to Romania in 1978.

He played for the South West Counties at Exeter in 1975 against the Wallabies, and was a Barbarian.

Following his playing days Pryor went on to become a much respected coach, nuturing the talents of players such as Phil Vickery and Trevor Woodman.

Trelawny’s Army wishes to record it’s sincerest and deepest sympathies to family and friends.

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RFU end season

The news we have all being dreading broke this morning. The RFU have ended the season below the Premiership.

This means, apart from the leagues, national and local cups, that the Bill Beaumont, Gill Burns and Jason Leonard Cup competitions are cancelled for 2020.

There will be no presentation this season at our AGM of the Bill Osborne or Jess Humber Shields, however as the Under 20s played their pool games we will be presenting the Tony Mead Shield to our Under 20 player of the year at our AGM in September.

Full statement from Bill Sweeney RFU CEO in the link

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RFU suspends all rugby activity

Please read the statement from the RFU via the CRFU website

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Super Cornwall roar into last eight


By Bill Hooper at Shaftesbury Park

A late try from skipper Aaron Simmonds gave Cornwall Under 20s a deserved win against fancied Gloucestershire Under 20s.

Mawgan Osborne (Pirates Ams) of Cornwall U20s charges towards the try-line. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 15/03/20, Cornwall U20s, Gloucestershire

Cornwall’s hearts were in their mouths as referee Julian Rainford at first appeared unsure of the grounding, happily for the Cornish lads his assistant saw the grounding. The win sees Cornwall top their group to earn a home quarter-final in two weeks time.

Whether that game goes ahead remains to be seen, for now the Cornwall squad can reflect on a job well done.

Cornwall got off to a cracking start, pressing in the Gloucestershire twenty-two, lock Steele Barker charged down an attempted clearance, gathered the ball before passing inside to fellow lock Mawgan Osborne who scored. Simmonds added the first of his four conversions.

The Gloucestershire boys, rattled, then conceded a penalty in front of the posts that Simmonds calmly popped over to stretch the lead.

Eventually the home side settled with their fly-half Tom Price getting them on the board with a penalty.

Toby Osborne (Pirates Ams) of Cornwall U20s runs in a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 15/03/20, Cornwall U20s, Gloucestershire U20s

A searing break from Charlie Levick set up Cornwall’s second try that led to the Osborne brother combining to send Toby over for another converted try.

Flanker Tom Spiers again caught the eye with his work at the breakdown turning ball over and dangerous with the ball in hand.

Gloucestershire were starting to get some momentum at scrum time, they pressurised the Cornwall line and from a 5-metre scrum their powerful No.8 Adam Hopkinson drove over for Price to convert.

Callum Looker (Cardiff Met Uni) of Cornwall U20s looks for support. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 15/03/20, Cornwall U20s, Gloucestershire U20s,

Cornwall will be disappointed in the manner they saw their lead disappear, attacking in the opposing twenty-two, a stray pass was hacked on by Gloucestershire’s Tim Andrew, the wing showed his speed hacking on again to win the race to the line, Price’s conversion tying the scores at half-time.

Cornwall started to use their bench, Mishka Fibbens and Joe Best came on putting in some big drives. 

Jack Wickam (Saltash) of Cornwall U20s is tackled byWill Goffey (Hartpury) of Gloucestershire U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Spiers’ good work was temporarily halted when he appeared to be harshly sin-binned. Price took the chance to put his side ahead from the kicking-tee for the first time.

Under the cosh Cornwall conceded another try from a close-range scrum with Hopkinson once again the scorer, Price’s conversion giving Gloucestershire a 27-17 advantage with the clocking ticking down.

Prop Eliot Salt, who had a fine game, took a heavy knock that stunned him for several minutes, it gave Cornwall the chance to refocus.

Guy Brooks (Penryn) of Cornwall U20s is tackled by Sam Gregory (Cinderford) of Gloucestershire U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Cornwall had to throw the dice, they piled on the pressure, Spiers was held up over the line, suddenly the home side saw yellow.

Following several concerted drives near the Gloucestershire line Cornwall got their lifeline thanks to Cameron Taylor, Simmonds calmly slotted the extras to make it game on once more.

Back came the Cornish lads, patience being their watchword, the calmly went through the phases that led up to Simmonds try, a dramatic comeback!

Cornwall players celebrate the try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 15/03/20, Cornwall U20s, Gloucestershire U20s

It wasn’t over, Cornwall had to withstand a final Gloucestershire surge near their line, but when they knocked on Cornwall had their win.

After the final whistle Cornwall coach Richie Kevern was delighted with his side’s never say die attitude. “We showed some character out there today, to have made that good start and then find yourself ten points down nearing the end the lads could have cracked, but they showed a mature attitude, were patient and forced the errors from Gloucestershire, they earned that win the hard way.”

Cornwall U.20: Levick, Brooks, Simmonds (Capt), Plummer, Bullen, Tucker, Stacey; Looker, Oliver, Salt, Barker, M Osborne, T Osborne, Spiers, Wickham.

Replacements: Taylor, Fibbens, Bennett-Murray, Best, Stoddern, Murray, Clemo.

Cornwall scores: Tries. M Osborne, T Osborne, Taylor, Simmonds, Cons, Simmonds 4, Pen, Simmonds.          

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Cornwall name side to face Gloucestershire


Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship team, play their final fixture in the pool stage of the 2020 Jason Leonard Cup. The team play Gloucestershire away at Dings RFC with a 1430 kick off on Sunday 15th March.

CRFU President John Sumnall said “This is another must win game if Cornwall wish to progress in this year’s competition. The guys came back from the defeat against Devon to record a superb victory over Berkshire. This has given them a chance to progress, however the pool is very tight and a number of outcomes are still possible”

The game kicks off at 1430 at Dings RFC in Bristol and will be played on the astro-pitch surface.

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

Coach Rich Kevern said – “The guys performed well at a wet and windy Camborne but this will be another step up for these players. Gloucestershire are always tough opponents especially on their home turf but I know the guys will be up for the contest. A number of guys have performed well in both games and we are hopeful they will represent Cornwall at the South West trials in April.”

Cornwall has made one change to the starting line up with Callum Looker starting at loose head prop and James Lambourn going onto the bench. For the replacements the coaches have gone with a 4 / 3 split with Joe Best earning his first call up and Mishka Fibbens becoming a travelling reserve. For the backs Liam Stoddern makes his first appearance on the bench.

There is a late change at 14. with the coaches’ decision awaited.

Aaron Simmonds (Redruth) Captain of Cornwall U20s – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Cornwall Captain Aaron Simmonds said; – “We needed to produce a performance at our only home pool game and put behind us the game against Devon. The guys stuck to the game plan and played some good rugby although there are areas we still need to work on to continue that momentum”

Cornwall lost their first game 30-18 away to Devon before picking up a bonus point win against Berkshire, winning 42-7. Gloucestershire won away at Berkshire 24 – 30 before drawing away to Devon in their last pool game 29 -29. The pool standings at present have Devon and Gloucestershire both on 8 points, Cornwall are third with 5 points, and Berkshire are fourth on 1 point. Devon will travel to Berkshire on the same day as Gloucestershire host Cornwall. A win for Cornwall will see them earn another quarterfinal place in the competition, but a loss will be the end of the season for the team.

The Representative rugby chair Chris Lea said; -“It is testament to the players to bounce back after the Devon game but now need another performance to guarantee they remain in the top tier of the Jason Leonard Cup next season. There has been a number of months hard work put in not only by the players but the coaching, medical, backroom staff and the guys who provide the game analysis, multi-media and photographs to support the players and our thanks go to each and every one of them. ”

                             Gloucestershire U20 v Cornwall U20

Sunday 15 March @ Dings RFC 1430 kick off

Cornwall Squad 

  Travelling Reserves

Coaches – Rich Kevern + Tyler Gendall, assisted by Adam Kevern

Medical cover – Neville Curnow + Graham Ashton

Kit – Paul Hurrell, Colin Hatch

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Army provide match balls for Under 20s

Trelawny’s Army Honorary Secretary Ian Gordan presents match balls to Cornwall Head Kitman Paul Hurrell. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Ian Gordon presented the match balls to the Cornwall under 20s on Sunday. Former county player Paul Hurrell took receipt of the balls.

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Cornwall back in the hunt



By Bill Hooper, at the Recreation Ground, Camborne.

Cornwall put in a much improved performance defeating a useful Berkshire side by six tries to one to keep their hopes of making the last eight in this season’s Leonard Cup competition.

Mawgan Osborne (Pirates Ams) of Cornwall U20s is tackled by Bornaros Kaloski of Berkshire U20s (Uni of Reading). – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

The Camborne pitch was heavy after all the rain in recent weeks, but Cornwall made light of the difficult conditions.

Cheered on by members of Trelawny’s Army, skipper Aaron Simmonds opened the scoring after just 3 minutes with a well-struck penalty.

Tom Spires (Truro) of Cornwall U20s breaks through the tackle from Bornaros Kaloski of Berkshire U20s (Uni of Reading). – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Truro flanker Tom Spiers gave a Berkshire forward an almighty hand-off sending him sprawling in the Camborne mud to set the tone, Spiers went on to have an outstanding game.

Cornwall continued to capitalise profiting from a Berkshire error, St Austell centre Ben Plummer intercepting to slide in at the corner for an unconverted try.

Saltash No.8 Jack Wickham made a strong break off the back of a scrum gaining good ground; he was another who made a good impression.

Jack Wickam (Saltash) of Cornwall U20s on the attack. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

The continued Cornish pressure  soon led to another try, good work from the St. Austell wings Fraser Nottle and Max Bullen combined to put lock Mawgan Osborne away, the Pirates Amateurs player ran hard towards the line before shipping a pass to hooker Mackenzie Oliver to score, Simmonds adding the extras.

Steele Barker (Penryn) of Cornwall U20s dives on the chip ahead for a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

A third try was not long in the offing, a kick through saw Penryn’s lock Steele Barker gleefully take full advantage to score an unconverted try.

Towards half-time Berkshire got some territory making the most of a catch and drive to score through hooker Harry Wayne Branch, fly-half Jack Grapper kicked a good conversion to leave the score 20-7 to Cornwall at half-time.   

Steele Barker (Penryn) of Cornwall U20s celebrates his second try of the match. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Cornwall made another fast start with barely two minutes of the second half played, the outstanding Spiers put away Barker for his second try, the lock sliding in under the posts to give Simmonds a routine conversion.

Simmonds then kicked a second penalty to put the game well and truly out of Berkshire’s reach.

Further scores came from Penryn’s Charlie Levick, from his own kick ahead to win the chase, then to cap his fine performance a deserved final try for Spiers under the sticks that Simmonds bettered.

Tom Spires (Truro) of Cornwall U20s is tackled by Dylan Crick of Berkshire U20s (Windsor). – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Speaking after the game Cornwall coach Richie Kevern was delighted with the team’s performance. He said. “It was a good performance in tough conditions, we told them in no uncertain terms that if they lost today then that would be the end of the road for this season, they took it on board and put in a tremendous performance.

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

Kevern was delighted with the side’s sound defence and good discipline. “There were times when we had to defend and all credit to the lads they put in the hits, this week our discipline was good and that made a big difference.

Tyler Gendall Forwards Coach of Cornwall U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Kevern also had words of praise for Tom Spiers. “He has had two big games for us, his defence is top draw and when he has the ball in hand he is a real handful to deal with, he has got a very bright future.”

Cornwall now travel to play Gloucestershire Under 20s in their final pool game on Sunday 15th March at Dings Crusaders, with all to play for.

Cornwall U20: Charlie Levick (Penryn), Fraser Nottle (St. Austell), Aaron Simmonds (Redruth, Capt), Ben Plummer, Max Bullen, James Tucker (all St. Austell), Ali Stacey (Redruth); James Lambourn (Pirates Ams), Mackenzie Oliver (Redruth), Eliot Salt (Cardiff Met), Mawgan Osborne (Pirates Ams), Steele Barker (Penryn), Toby Osborne (Pirates Ams), Tom Spiers (Truro), Jack Wickham (Saltash).

Replacements: Cameron Taylor (St. Austell), Mishka Fibbens (Penryn), Callum Looker (Cardiff Met), Caden Brownfield (Hayle), Connor George (Unattached), James Murray, Jordan Sidwell (both Redruth).   

Cornwall scores: Tries, Plummer, Oliver, Barker 2, Levick, Spiers, Cons, Simmonds 3, Pens, Simmonds 2

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Cornwall U.20s to face Berks

Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship team, play their only home fixture in the pool stage of the 2020 Jason Leonard Cup. The team host Berkshire at Camborne RFC with a 1330 kick off time on Sunday 23 February, and will be played on the main pitch.

Cornwall Under 20 coaches Richie Kevern and Tyler Gendall have made ten changes, three positional, to the side ahead of Sunday’s Jason Leonard Cup pool game against Berkshire at Camborne RFC.

Coach Rich Kevern said – “The first game against Devon has to be a wakeup call for the players. We had lots of opportunities to win the game but didn’t take them and allowed a strong Devon team to get back into the match. Discipline is another area we have to improve and to ensure that we keep to our game.

The changes are; in the front row, James Lambourn comes in at loose-head with Oliver Mackenzie at hooker.

In the second row Penryn’s  Steele Barker partners Mawgan Osborne, whilst Toby Osborne goes from lock to blindside flanker.

Tom Spires (Truro) keeps his place in the back row . – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Saltash player Jack Wickham comes in at No.8.

There is a change at half-back with James Tucker starting at fly-half, with skipper Aaron Simmonds moving to the outside centre berth, St. Austell’s Ben Plummer moves to inside centre and fellow Saint Fraser Nottle coming in at 14.

Another Penryn player, Charlie Levick comes in at full-back.

The coaches are at present unable to confirm the complete line up on the replacements bench due to re-arranged league matches taking place on the Saturday, however they have named five forwards with three backs to be added.

James Tucker (St. Austell) starts at fly-half. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Cornwall Captain Aaron Simmonds said; – “The guys were disappointed with our performance against Devon. We had been prepared well by the coaches but let ourselves down in a number of areas on the field which cost us dearly and ultimately the result! This is our only home game and it would be great to get the fantastic Cornish crowd to turnout and support us at Camborne on Sunday. ”

CRFU President John Sumnall said “We are pleased to be playing this game at Camborne RFC and thank the club and its members for hosting us. Our first game saw 13 young players representing the County at this level for the first time and although the result in a tight game went against them, I am sure they will be up to the challenge of this tough game against Berkshire. It is fantastic to see so many different clubs represented, and we thank them and our sponsors for their support to enable these fixtures to be played.”

Berkshire lost their opening game to Gloucestershire so both counties will be looking for a win to kick-start their hopes of making the knockout stages.

Cornwall‘s final pool game will be hosted by Dings RFC in Bristol on Sunday 15 March where the opponents will be Gloucestershire.

The team manager Colin Hatch said; -“The President rightly points out the number of new players that played in our last game, however it is no different for any other county in this competition. A number of these guys are playing rugby week in and week out for their clubs at all levels of the game. We have emphasised the fact that this competition is short and if we don’t perform then it is over for this season. I am sure that the players will have learnt from the first game and will want to make amends in this home game.”

Cornwall Team to play Berkshire

1 James Lambourn Pirates Ams
2 Mackenzie Oliver Redruth
3 Eliot Salt Cardiff Met
4 Steele Barker Penryn
5 Mawgan Osborne Pirates Ams
6 Toby Osborne Pirates Ams
7 Tom Spiers  (Vice Captain) Truro
8 Jack Wickham Saltash
9 Ali Stacey Redruth
10 James Tucker St Austell
11 Max Bullen St Austell
12 Ben Plummer St Austell
13 Aaron Simmonds (Captain) Redruth
14 Fraser Nottle St Austell
15 Charlie Levick   Penryn
16 Cameron Taylor St Austell
17 Mishka Fibbens Penryn
18 Callum Looker Cardiff Met
19 Caden Brownfield Hayle
20 Connor George Unattached
  Backs bench and travelling reserves from
  James Murray Redruth
  Jordan Sidwell Redruth
  Adam Long Camborne
  Guy Brooks Penryn
  Oakley Smitham Camborne
  Travelling reserves forwards  
26 Devon Bennet-Murray Saltash
27 Matt Vincent Hayle
28 Joe Best St Just

Coaches – Rich Kevern + Tyler Gendall, assisted by Adam Kevern + Brad Howe

Gates open to the public at 1230, with entry for adults costing £5 including a programme. Young people under the age of 16 accompanied by an adult get free entry.

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New date for Bill Beaumont Cup Final

It has been confirmed by the RFU that the date for this year’s Bill Beaumont Cup Final has been moved from 21st of June to Saturday 30th May.

The county finals will not be part of the England V Barbarians game package which remains at it’s original date.

The good news is that all 5 county finals will be played at Twickenham on the same day, with the Bill Beaumont Cup Final scheduled for 3 pm.

At this stage it is not clear which part of the stadium will be open for the finals, probably just the West Stand lower.

Bryan Llewellyn will advise of travel packages available when sorted.

Obviously, Cornwall will have to qualify first, this is just a heads up.

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