Pirates start with bonus point win

Cornish Pirates 30    Ealing Trailfinders 10

By Phil Westren

Playing not only their eagerly awaited first home fixture of the season but also an opening Greene King IPA Championship league game in 2019/20, the Cornish Pirates simply couldn’t have got off to a better start.

The visiting Trailfinders had finished runners-up in the past two Championship campaigns, besides having lifted the Championship Cup after beating London Irish in last season’s final, so for the Pirates merit marks were fully deserved.

All the hard work during the summer and autumn, both on and off the field, was seemingly rewarded, and following a wet spell the sun also showed itself as if in celebration.

Thanks to Dicky Evans and the work undertaken by committed individuals the ground looked superb. The new pitch surface impressed, as did higher new posts, whilst an erected big screen in the Newlyn gate corner provided an extra special addition to the match day experience.

Important in the context of the game, playing towards the Newlyn end of the ground the Pirates got off to a terrific start, with flanker Fa’atiga Lemalu in rampaging form and tries from wing Maliq Holden and man-of-the-match centre Nicolas De Battista putting the Pirates 10-nil up in just as many minutes. Fly-half Javier Rojas Alvarez was luckless with an early penalty and with an attempted conversion of the team’s opening try, however he added the extras to the second score and then landed a penalty midway through the half after his opposite number Craig Willis appeared fortunate just to be shown ‘yellow’ for dangerous play.

Although the Trailfinders hardly helped their cause by twice kicking the ball dead from restarts, approaching the half-hour mark full-back David Johnston was at least on target with a penalty effort.

Approaching half-time the Pirates needed to react and once again show who was in charge, and they did just that, a converted try by skipper Brett Beukeboom giving them a fully deserved 22-3 points lead.

On 51 minutes a second well struck penalty by Rojas Alvares put the Pirates further ahead, whilst they would soon be tested defensively for a lengthy spell. Pressurised inside their ‘22’ the team showed immense grit and determination in the tackle area, a will to give every ounce of themselves demanding admiration.

Ealing’s replacement scrum-half Jordan Burns, who has inflicted damage upon the Pirates in times past, managed to show a clean pair of heels to break clear and score a converted try, but the Pirates would soon hit back again. Identified from a mass of bodies at the clubhouse corner, the game’s final points, a bonus point try, was scored by centre Callum Patterson.

This result for the Pirates, especially in performance terms, will rank highly. These are though, early days, and I guess we shouldn’t get carried away just yet – should we?

Cornish Pirates:   15 AJ Cant, 14 Alex O’Meara, 13 Callum Patterson, 12 Nicolas De Battista, 11 Maliq Holden, 10 Javier Rojas Alvarez, 9 Alex Schwarz (Rhodri Davies 67); 1 Jack Andrew (Marlen Walker 47), 2 Tom Cowan-Dickie (Tom Channon 47), 3 Jay Tyack (Craig Mitchell 47), 4 Danny Cutmore (Matt Bolwell 63), 5 Brett Beukeboom (c), 6 Fa’atiga Lemalu, 7 John Stevens, 8 Will Wilson (James McRae 67).

Replacements (not used): Will Cargill, Robin Wedlake.

Yellow card:   Mitchell.

Ealing Trailfinders:   15 David Johnston (Tommy Bell 70), 14 James Cordy Redden, 13 Jack Tovey,12 Pat Howard, 11 Reon Joseph, 10 Craig Willis (Stephen Shingler 46), 9 Nathan Fowles (Jordan Burns 45); 1 Jordan Els (Will Davis 40), 2 Alun Walker (Matt Cornish 40), 3 Craig Trenier (Elliot Millar Mills 40), 4 Sam Dickinson (Dave McKern 26), 5 James Cannon (Andrew Durutalo 63), 6 Kieran Murphy, 7 Jordy Reid, 8 Rayn Smid (c).

Yellow card:   Willis.


Cornish Pirates – tries: Holden, De Battista, Beukeboom, Patterson; cons: Rojas Alvarez (2); Pens: Rojas Alvarez (2).

Ealing Trailfinders – try: Burns; con: Shingler; pen: Johnston.

Referee:  Adam Leal

Crowd: 1772

‘Tribute’ Man of the Match: Nicolas De Battista

‘Glengoyne’ Try-of-the-Match winner: Maliq Holden

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TASC re-present U.20 shield at Redruth

Press Officer Bill Hooper presents Redruth’s Jack Hodge with the Tony Mead Shield at Redruth. Photo Dan Barbary

Press Officer Bill Hooper was at the Redruth v Dings Crusaders game were he re-presented the TASC U.20 Shield to the 2019 winner Jack Hodge.

He also presented the Redruth players from the 2019 Bill Beaumont side with some TASC cuff-links as a thank you from the Army.

Players from other clubs will receive theirs in due course.

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TASC Player of the Year Awards/Presentations

Tony Whittle of Cornwall (Camborne) – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 30/04/19, Cornwall, Training, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England


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

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

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

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

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

Jack Hodge (Redruth) Captain of Cornwall U20s is tackled by Marcus Prout (Ivybridge) of Devon U20s and Dan Armstrong (Exmouth) of Devon U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 03/02/19, Cornwall U20s, Devon U20s, Jason Leonard U20s County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, St Austell, Tregorrick Park, Cornwall, England

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sam Matavesi in Fiji side to face Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Camborne Rugby Club mourns the passing of stalwart Mike Trott.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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London Cornish prepare for new season

LCRFC Director of Rugby Dickon Moon.

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

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

Morgan Jones – Back Row – Penarth RFC

Sam Matanle – Back Row – London Scottish RFC

Cameron Crozier – Back Row – Glasgow Hawks RFC

Kyle Coulter – Lock – Sutton & Epsom RFC

Freddie Jackson – Prop – Hampstead RFC

Niko Mirosevic-Sorgo – Back Row – Old Priorians RFC

Jamie Robert-Tissot- Prop – Exeter Uni RFC

Ed Carne – Centre – Dorking RFC (ex Redruth)

Jack Willey – Wing – Penryn RFC

Andy Munro-Lott – Scrum Half – Falmouth RFC

Tom Whelan – Fly Half – Exmouth RFC

Pete Wood – Wing – Dorking RFC

Moe Alothman – Centre – Eton Manor RFC

Eji Erhirhie – Wing – Surrey Uni RFC

Ben Lines – Centre – Effingham & Leatherhead RFC

Ben Nichols – Fly Half – Rosslyn Park RFC

Lawrence Elliott – Full Back – Chobham RFC

Julian Osborne – Fly Half/Full Back – Tynedale RFC

Royce Tooth – Wing – Cardiff Uni RFC

The following players are no longer with the club

Harry Somers – Lock – Pirates Amateurs RFC

Ian Dowie – Back Row – Manchester RFC

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

Guy Sullivan – Prop – Met Police

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

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Vernon Parkin – RIP

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

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

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

He went on to play at Bristol and Northampton.

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

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Tamar Cup 2020

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

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Pasty power off to Japan

Cornishmen Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie were named in England’s 31 man squad for the forthcoming  Rugby World Cup in Japan next month.

Cowan-Dickie impressed in England’s warm up again against Wales at Twickenham on Sunday snaffling a Welsh miss-throw quicker than a Pip’s pasty (other pasties are available) to score a try on his maiden start for England, whilst for Nowell it’s a race to get fit ahead of the tournament.

Both players come from Newlyn and came through the ranks at Penzance & Newlyn and Truro College before progressing to Exeter Chiefs.

Speaking at the announcement England’s Head Coach Eddie Jones said. “Today is another step in the progress towards the Rugby World Cup.

“We have taken the decision to go early because of what we learned from previous campaigns. We want the squad to know early and now we can get on and be the best prepared England side there has ever been, ready to win the World Cup.”
On the players not selected Jones added: “A lot of good players have missed out, we feel for them, I feel for them personally. But as we know the World Cup is an incredible tournament where opportunities can present themselves and all those players who have missed out have been told they have to be ready.”
England have three matches against Wales (17 August), Ireland (24 August) and Italy (6 September) before the tournament starts. Jones said of their importance: “Every game is an opportunity to improve our game fitness, our team cohesion, and our tactical adaptability. Each game for us will have a specific purpose.”
England will begin their Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan against Tonga in Sapporo (22 September, KO 11:15am UK time) before playing USA Rugby in Kobe (26 September, KO 11:45am UK time), Argentina in Tokyo (5 October, KO 09:00am UK time) and France in Yokohama (12 October, KO 09:15am UK time).

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

England’s official Rugby World Cup squad

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 86 caps) **
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 11 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 10 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 37 caps) *
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27 caps)
George Kruis (Saracens, 32 caps) *
Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 59 caps) *
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 72 caps) **
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 58 caps) *
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 22 caps)
Jack Singleton (Saracens, 1 cap)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 9 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 42 caps) *
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53 caps) *
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons / Sale Sharks, 13 caps)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 5 caps)
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 31 caps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 70 caps) *
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 56 caps) *
Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 41 caps) *
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 45 caps) *
Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby, uncapped)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 33 caps) *
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps) *
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 33 caps) *
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 34 caps) *
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 86 caps) **
* number of Rugby World Cup tournaments played


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Fixtures & Results 2019-20 now available

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

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

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