Pirates fluff lines in dress rehearsal

Let’s start with the league, on Sunday the Cornish Pirates had a dress rehearsal for their British & Irish Cup quarter-final tie with Doncaster Knights at the Mennaye on Sunday March 13th with the winners away to either London Welsh or Leinster.

Second placed Knights gave the home side food for thought with a 26-19 win to inflict a third straight defeat for the Cornish side.

Jack Arnott opened the scoring with an unconverted try but Knights struck back with a try and penalty for an 8-5 half-time advantage.

The visitors took control of the game with a converted try and a couple of penalties to lead 21-5.

Jack Innard’s try converted by Kieran Hallett gave the Pirates a sniff, but a further Knights’ try put them 26-12 ahead.

Pirates did manage to get a losing bonus point when Hallett converted Tyler Gendall’s late try.

That result leaves the Pirates in 9th spot in the Championship.

At Redruth on Saturday an excellent game with visitors Dorking saw the Reds win 46-20. Nielson Webber bagged a hat-trick of tries with other scores coming from Ben Priddey, Lewis Vinnicombe, Sam Parsons, Rob Coote and Brad Howe.

That result keeps the Reds in fifth place just two points behind Taunton who visit the Rec on St. Piran’s day.

The Cornish All Blacks ‘season of woe continues with another defeat at Polson to Canterbury 39-12. Richard Friend and Dave Parish scored tries with Chris Swash adding a conversion.

Relegation for Launceston is likely to be confirmed by next week end’s trip to Southend.

Only two games involved Cornish clubs in Tribute Western Counties West and both ended in defeat for local sides.

St. Austell picked up a losing bonus point at Cullompton from a 15-12 defeat. Tries for the Saints were scored by George Knowles and James Martin with Andy Ashwin adding a conversion.

At Penryn, visitors Torquay Athletic prevailed 27-11 in a feisty affair that saw Borough’s hooker Jordan Smith show a red card for punching.
Josh Chambers scored a try with Matt Horton kicking a couple of penalties, sadly the Borough’s days in this division look numbered as they still languish at the foot of the table.

In London 2 SW, a good five pointer for London Cornish as they defeated Warlingham 27-17. Tom Jeffery (2), Tim Homan (2) and Joe Donnelly scored tries with Josh Allison adding a conversion.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, there was a North Coast derby as bottom placed Newquay Hornets entertained leaders Bude. No surprises as the visitors ran out 61-17 winners.

Bude scored nine tries with three going to Kyle Speare and Dan Pearce converting eight scores.

St. Ives enjoyed a 35-10 win at Paignton with Peter Mabbott, Lewis Thomas, Cameron Bone, Jamie Prisk and Martyn Lawrence all crossing and Grant Thirlby converting the lot.

Falmouth drew at Plymouth Argaum 17 – all, Oli Church and Steve Instance with the tries both converted by Justyn Irons who also landed a penalty.

Pirates Amateurs won 31-10 at Tavistock. Steve Evans (2), Callum Osborne, Connor Bick and Rhodri McAtee all scored tries with Jimmy Tresize kicking the other points.

A welcome win for Hayle who won at struggling Exeter Saracens 35-20, thanks to tries from Harvey (2), Rashleigh and Benton with Dan Lello’s boot adding the rest of the points.

In Tribute Cornwall 1, Lanner move to the top of the table following their 21-17 defeat of previous leaders School of Mines. Liskeard-Looe defeated Veor at Lux Park 15-11 whilst Illogan Park got the better of Helston 23-12. Perranporth defeated near-neighbours St. Agnes 24-12.

In Tribute Cornwall 2, Roseland maintained their top spot with a 61-0 defeat of Lankelly-Fowey. St. Just had a walkover against Albany, Camelford got the better of Stithians 11-3.

In the Tribute Cornwall Cup, Camborne bidding for a fourth successive win, defeated Wadebridge Camels 24-5 in the first semi-final. Town’s tries were scored by Damien Cook, Dave Roberts and a penalty-try with Rhys Brownfield adding all three conversions and a penalty. The sole score for the Camels was Matt Ballard try.

Cornwall under 20’s slim hopes of making the National quarter-finals of this season’s County Championship were extinguished as they lost 36-14 to Gloucestershire at Cinderford on Sunday.

Their final pool game against Devon on March 13th at Camborne, who also lost for a second time on Sunday, will decide the group wooden spoon.

Both Christian Judge (Plymouth Albion) and Tom Cowan-Dickie (Redruth) featured for England Counties on Friday evening as they lost to Scottish Club International XV 57-27 at Netherdale.

Billy Keast (Redruth) was a bench replacement for England Under 20s in their defeat to Ireland 26-20 at Kingston park.

Moment of the week has to be Jack Nowell’s try-saving tackle for England at Twickenham on Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw, he scat un’ good n’ proper Cornish style!

Finally, and though I couldn’t be present, TASC held it’s annual dinner at the Rose-in-Vale Hotel in Mithian on Saturday night with our guests of honour being Ewart and Margaret White. Ewart as you will recall stepped down as County team secretary after 20 years at the end of last season.

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England Counties make choices for Scots clash

England Counties have named their side to face Scottish Clubs at Netherdale tomorrow night kick-off 7:30 pm

Former Cornish All Black, now with Plymouth Albion, prop Christian Judge, a star from Cornwall’s County Championship win last season starts the game at tight-head prop.

Redruth’s Tom Cowan-Dickie is on the bench and looks likely to be involved at some point.

Photos – by Simon Bryant

Top Chris Judge

Bottom Tom Cowan-Dickie


Matt Long, team manager of England Counties XV, has confirmed the side to take on Scotland Club XV tomorrow in Galashiels.

The match day 23 is made up of players from 13 different clubs and 14 counties across the country. England will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s match which they won 37-3.

England Counties is the flagship team of the Community Game in England and offers players from National League One and below the opportunity to represent their country.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing this team play on Friday,” said Long. “It’s made up of quite a few new faces but we’ve been working for months to select the right players and have spent the time we’ve had with them getting them up to speed on how we want to play.”

The team have won their last six games having gone unbeaten in 2015 and will play five matches this season including a three match tour of Canada.

“It was a good match last year and we were really happy with the win,” added Long. “That result will have added fuel to their fire and i’m sure it’s going to be a very physical test for us.”

With so many new faces in the team, Long is looking to captain Keith Laughlin to lead the way. “Given many of the players haven’t met before they joined up with the squad, it’s crucial that senior guys like Keith show them how we do things and how we want to play.”

The match will kick off at 7:30pm tomorrow at Gala Rugby Club, Galashiels. You can keep up to date with the match by following @EnglandRugby on Twitter.

England Counties will play France Fédérale on Friday, 11 March at Blackheath RFC. Kick off is at 7:30pm.

England Counties XV Club and County
1 Andrew Brown Coventry and Derbyshire
2 Matthew Miles Old Albanians and Hertfordshire
3 Christian Judge Plymouth Albion and Cornwall
4 Robert Conquest Darlington Mowden Park and Hertfordshire
5 Ian Kench Esher and Surrey
6 Keith Laughlin (captain) Blaydon and Northumberland
7 Harry Bate Old Albanians and Hertfordshire
8 Christopher Davies Richmond and Cheshire
9 Sam Stuart Richmond and Surrey
10 Christopher Johnson Fylde and Lancashire
11 Leo Fielding Blackheath and Gloucestershire
12 Christopher May Old Albanians and Hertfordshire
13 Sebastian Rodwell London Irish Wild Geese and Gloucestershire
14 James Stokes Cambridge and Eastern Counties
15 Mike Wilcox Cinderford and Gloucestershire
16 Tom Cowan-Dickie Redruth and Cornwall
17 Ollie Mines Esher and Surrey
18 Trevor Davison Blaydon and Durham
19 Tom Stradwick Blackheath and Kent
20 Brett Daynes Cambridge and East Midlands
21 Jack Walsh Blackheath and Kent
22 Spencer Sutherland Esher and Surrey
23 Markus Burcham Blackheath and Kent

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Cornwall make changes for Gloucestershire trip



Photos- Cornwall Under 20s in action at Berkshire


Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2016 continues on Sunday 28 February with another away trip against Gloucestershire.

Following the first game defeat away to last year’s beaten finalist Berkshire, the Cornwall team have had a further two training sessions.

CRFU President Ken Plummer said “This will be another test for these young guys; playing Gloucestershire in the forest of Dean is never an easy game. Having watched them at Redingensians I know they have the spirit and ability to put in a good performance and get a result!”

Cornwall face one further game in the pool stage, against local rivals Devon on Sunday March 13.

Coach Bryn Jenkin said – “The result against Berkshire was disappointing, however they are made up with a lot of University guys who have been able to play 4 warm up games. However on the day they deserved the win and showed why they reached the final last year.”

Cornwall‘s final pool stage game will at home against Devon on Sunday 13 March 2016, at Camborne RFC with a 14:00 kick off time.

Coach Mike Rawlings said; – “We must learn from the last game, Berkshire caught us cold and scored twice in the first 15 minutes which put us on catch up all the game. Once we got over that initial setback we matched them for the rest of the game eventually losing 19 – 7. We have the skills within this squad to put in another good performance at Cinderford and I know the guys will be up for the challenge.”
CRFU Chair Denis Preece said “The guys played with pride and passion in Berkshire to wear the famous Black and Gold Jersey. They came up a little bit short on the day but will be full of determination against Gloucestershire.”

Cornwall make five changes to their starting XV to face Gloucestershire this Sunday, two positional.

In the front row Tommy Lee Southworth moves to hooker with Curtis Reynolds coming in at loose-head. In the back row Locryn Williams is unavailable so Angus Brown (Camborne) steps up from the bench.

In the backs Redruth’s Dan Rutter moves from centre to scrum-half in place of Brandon Andrews who is on the bench.

Connor Swan comes in on the wing in place of Konnor Ewudzi, whilst Kieran Down from Saltash steps up from the bench to start at inside centre.

St. Just’s John Tyler comes in on the bench as backs cover.





Coaches – Ian Morgan, Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins
Team Manager – Chris Lea

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Large squad of players assemble at Kingsley Village


Photos – Simon Bryant Itkisphoto


Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) has started it’s preparation for the 2016 Bill Beaumont County Championship campaign that gets underway in May.

Selectors and coaches have been observing games and watching eligible players at all levels since the start of the season. An enlarged squad has been selected and invited to attend a team building session at Kingsley Village, Fraddon, on Monday 22 February.

CRFU President Ken Plummer said “I am delighted with the work the coaching team of Graham Dawe and Ian Morgan, and thank them along with the selectors for their work in the early preparation for the 2016 County Championship campaign.”

Cornwall face three games in the opening group stages in May before the final, which is held at Twickenham on Sunday 29 May.


Chair of selectors Terry Carter said “Selecting an enlarged squad for the Kingsley Village event has been interesting with a number of new guys coming onto our radar this year. We feel we have a good balance of players with experience and determination to represent the County. We have players representing 12 different clubs, some who have come through our development programme along with young players from the U20 XV.”

He went on to say “Further players may be included at a later stage if injuries or form preclude selected players”

The Kingsley Village event is designed so that coaches and players can meet informally and discuss in detail the tactics and training plans for the Championship

Following the Kingsley Village event a number of training sessions have been programmed. Cornwall face Devon in the annual Tamar Cup match on Tuesday 26 April at St Austell RFC with a 19:30 kick off time, before the first game County Championship game that takes place on Saturday 7 May at Redruth RFC, kick-off 3:00 pm

Cornwall coach Graham Dawe said – “The 2016 season will be very challenging, with a home game against Gloucestershire, then an away game against Hertfordshire, before the final pool stage game against newly promoted Surrey.” he went on to say “I am looking forward to this competition, and try and build on the success this team enjoyed last season.”


Cornwall will face Gloucestershire on 7 May at Redruth RFC, Hertfordshire at Bishops Stortford RFC on the 14 May, before facing Surrey on the 21 May Camborne RFC, kick-off 3:00 pm

CRFU Chair Denis Preece said “We know that the people of Cornwall will once again get behind the team and come and support them throughout the campaign and especially on the 7 & 21 May at Redruth and Camborne.” he also said “The support last season was immense and everybody involved with the team was impressed and staggered by the numbers who turned up not only at Redruth but also at Kent and Gloucestershire.”

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Penryn’s woes continue as School of Mines savour Bottle

Photos – Mark Collet – Huw Wright heads for the posts

Photo – CSM support cheers try
I took in two back-to-back games at Penryn on Saturday, the first a fairly dire display from a Penryn side that made far too many mistakes going down 8-0 to Cullompton in their Tribute Western Counties West encounter.

Borough remain bottom of the pile, frankly, on this form it’s going to take a miracle for them to escape the drop this season.

Then there was the raucous, lively Bottle Match between Camborne School of Mines and Royal School of Mines played in front of a large crowd of students. CSM re-gained the bottle to end a six year wait, though the game 2 years ago was a draw with RSM holding on as the away side, Huw Wright scored both tries for CSM as they won 14-5.

There was no game for the Cornish Pirates, so National League 2 South took centre stage.

Redruth travelled to Canterbury and were trailing 5-0 until they were awarded a penalty try six minutes from the end, converted by Dave Mankee to snatch another win on the road 7-5.

For the Cornish All Blacks it was more of the same as they suffered another humiliating home defeat 0-34 to Redingensians. The current season can’t come to an end soon enough for Polson faithful!

In Tribute South West 1 West, Camborne were awarded the five points as Coney Hill pulled out of their game on Thursday evening.

In other games played in Tribute Western Counties West, Truro kept up their fine recent form with a 35-6 win at Crediton. Darren Jacques, Alex Sutheridge, Matt Cross, Matt Symonds and Ieuan Boon all crossed for tries with Ashley Hosking kicking five conversions.

St. Austell picked up a vital win at Sidmouth 30-18. Tries were scored by Pete Rowe, Miles Davey, Dan Jane and Ben Chenoweth with Cavan Boyer kicking the rest of the points.

Wadebridge Camels picked up a losing bonus point at Tiverton going down 21-18. Jack Scott and Charlie Cotton scored their tries with James Grubb kicking the rest of the points.

Saltash’s game at Okehampton was called off.

In London 2 SW, London Cornish defeated Andover 23-19. In what DoR Dickon Moon described as a “rusty performance”, Cornish scored two tries through Chris Anstey and Will Carew-Gibbs with the boot of Josh Allison contributing the other thirteen points. Cornish remain third just a point behind Winchester with games in hand.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, leaders Bude continue to set the pace after a bonus point win against Pirates Amateurs 24-5 at Bencoolen. Kyle Speare, Dan Pearce (2) and Ollie Mounce all crossed for tries with Pearce adding a couple of conversions. For the Ams Josh Semmens scored a try.

St. Ives remain second level on points with Withycombe after a 15-5 at Plymouth Argaum. Sam Carter and Guy Pallett scored tries for the Hakes with Grant Thirlby adding a conversion and penalty.

Falmouth had a good win at home against Exeter Saracens 42-12. Mark Lee, AJ Geech, Tom Edmonds, Steve Instance, David Jones and Justyn Irons with Irons kicking three conversions and a couple of penalties.

Bodmin won 9-0 at Newquay Hornets, Josh Taylor with three penalties.

Hayle drew at home with Plymstock Albion Oaks 15 all. Rob Goodman scored a couple of tries for the Lions with Dan Lello converting one and landing a penalty.

There was just the one game in Tribute Cornwall 1 as Liskeard-Looe defeated Helston 24-14 at Lux Park.

Cornwall Under 20s play their second pool match in this season’s County Championship when they take on Gloucestershire at Cinderford on Sunday.

Next Saturday sees the first of this season’s Tribute Cornwall Cup semi-finals when Wadebridge Camels take on holders Camborne. The other semi-final between Penryn and St. Ives will not take place until Tuesday 19th April at Penryn.

Well done to Redruth Colts who beat Woodbridge 25-5 to reach the National Cols Cup quarter-finals.

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Camborne keep run going with dogged win


The Tribute South West 1 West game at Camborne saw the leaders forced to battle hard to overcome a resilient Clevedon side in a game that at times threatened to erupt into major fisticuffs.

There were four yellow cards in the game with Camborne players being shown three!

It was good to see Ben Drew back playing for the first team after his long lay-off due to a broken leg. He certainly showed no fears putting in some big tackles and looking to get involved.

Having gone behind, Town got ahead thanks to a lovely try from prop Tommy-Lee Southworth who took a deft pass from Richie Kevern to power under the posts. Ben Stean added the conversion.

Two second half penalties from Rhys Brownfield completed the scoring for a 13-5 win.

Director of rugby Liam Chapple whilst happy with the win felt that there was much to look at prior to their next game at Coney Hill.

In the RFU Championship the Cornish Pirates slipped to a second consecutive defeat at the Athletic Ground against a Mark Bright inspired London Scottish. The ex-Red bagged a brace of tries as the Exiles stormed back from a 10-7 deficit at half-time to win 21-10.

Alex Dancer scored the Pirates’ try which was converted by Laurence May who also kicked a penalty.
Pirates have a week off before entertaining Doncaster Knights.

Frustrations abound with the lack of progress on the stadium development, and that appeared to borne out by Ian Davies’ post-match comments on BBC Radio Cornwall, that contract negotiations with some of the current squad were not progressing as he would wish.

In National League 2 South, Launceston were denied a draw with the last kick of the game at Dorking, who won 11-8. Fred Bulut scored the All Blacks try with Sam Chapman kicking a penalty.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Wadebridge Camels took the spoils in the derby game against St. Austell 23-3. Jake Grubb scored a couple of tries with Matt Ballard also crossing for the Camels. James Grubb kicked the other points. For the Saints Cavan Boyer kicked an early penalty.

Saltash are still languishing in the drop zone following an 11-10 defeat at Moorlands to Sidmouth. Steve Hillman scored their try converted by Max Venables who also kicked a penalty.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, leaders Bude bagged all five points as they defeated Plymouth Argaum 28-3 at Bencoolen.
Olly Denford, Duncan Tout, James Wilson and Kyle Speare all scored tries with Dan Pearce converting all four tries.

There was also only one game in Tribute Cornwall 1, where Lanner leapfrogged Veor winning 16-13 in a game switched to Veor’s Wheal Gerry pitch.
In mid week I took in Truro School’s Nat West Cup quarter-final game against QEGS Wakefield. On a heavy pitch the bigger Wakefield lads comfortably won 20-0 to advance to the semis to be played at Allianz Park against Hampton School.

Truro School can be proud of their achievement of getting that far and they certainly showed plenty of willingness to move the ball.
I understand that the date for the Tribute Cornwall Cup Finals has been moved to Monday May 2nd.

The Club’s Cup quarter-finals were due to be played this weekend but with some pool games still to be played and league games to be re-arranged they have been pushed back.

Congratulations to Jack Nowell and Billy Keast both involved for England last weekend in Italy at senior and under 20 level.

Hopefully this coming weekend will see a few more games played.

Good luck to Camborne School of Mines in the Bottle Match.

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Preview of this season’s historic “Bottle Match”




By Ben Gilby
Penryn Rugby Club will be hosting the latest encounter of the second oldest inter-university rugby match on 20th February when Camborne School of Mines take on the Royal School of Mines once more. The first recorded match between the two sides took place on 16th December 1902, and ended in a draw. Only the annual Oxford v Cambridge match has a longer history than the Bottle Match.

The fixture has been played on an annual basis since 1921. Indeed, during the Second World War, Royal School of Mines students were evacuated to Cornwall and their players played in local Cornish leagues. The Camborne v Royal School fixture is referred to as ‘the bottle match’ due to large tin bottle trophy being awarded to the winners. This ‘trophy’ was somehow got hold of by Royal School of Mines students from a beer lorry belonging to Bass-Charrington in 1946! Another amusing story related to the fixture took place in 1966 when Camborne School of Mines long serving mascot, a teddy bear dressed in their colours of Silver, Gold and Navy, and known as Colonel George (after a former Principle of the School, Colonel George Whitworth) was ‘abducted’ by the London school, never to be seen again.

Looking ahead to the game, present Camborne School of Mines vice-captain Matt Helfet is hopeful that his side’s strong season which has seen them top Cornwall One, will stand them in good stead: “Our recent record in it hasn’t been great, we haven’t won since 2010 when we scraped a 5-3 victory. Inherently, we are always against the odds simply due to a much smaller pool of players to choose from, but, despite this, our league season so far has been the best in our history”.


CSM 1959

Photo the 1959 CSM side with the “Bottle” & Col. George

Turning to the opposition, Helfet observed: “The Royal School of Mines team are a bit unusual in their make-up. From what I understand, at the start of each academic year, anyone who initially wants to play for them who exhibit signs of talent are immediately snapped up by Imperial College London’s 1st/2nd XV for pre-Christmas. Then after the Christmas holidays they are released back to the Royal School of Mines so that they can train and prepare for Bottle Match before disbanding once again so it’s quite hard to gauge how good they will be this year, and so we can only focus on ourselves.

The Camborne School of Mines v Royal School of Mines fixture remains the high point in the seasons of both sides, and messages of support for the teams are expected to come in from around the globe from alumni.


Postscript: Camborne School of Mines RFC formed in 1896 has produced five England Internationals G. Gordon-Smith 1900 (3 caps). J G Milton 1904-07 (5 caps), C H Milton 1 cap (1906), A J Wilson 1909 (1 cap) and R D Kennedy 1948 (3 caps). Also K R F Bearne played for Scotland in 1960 (2 caps).

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Berkshire defeat leaves Cornwall with hill to climb

Photo- last season’s Under 20 player of the year Tommy Phillips on the charge

Cornwall’s Under 20’s lost their opening pool fixture in this season’s County Championship, on Sunday against last season’s beaten finalist’s, Berkshire at Redingensians.

Cornwall found themselves twelve points down in the opening in ten minutes of the game as winger SJ Mahon and then hooker Allen Crawshaw scored tries to stun the Cornish lads. Rory Garrett landed the first conversion but failed with his second attempt.

The Cornish boys started to work their way back into the game but were unable to turn some good possession into points as the score-line remained at 12-0 at the interval.

With the advantage of the wind for the second period the visitors were still very much in the game but it was Berkshire who scored next when inside centre Jordan Souter went over for a fine solo try after a dazzling run from fifty metres out left the Cornish defence in disarray. Garrett converted to leave Cornwall with a nineteen point deficit to overcome in the last half-hour.

Photo – Camborne’s Ben Stean dots down Cornwall’s sole try with No.8 Adam Hughes & No.7 Locryn Williams in support

The introduction of Ryan Burley (Penryn) to the Cornish front row gave the black & gold scrum dominance and a series of penalties from the set piece set up the scoring opportunity for full back Ben Stean (Camborne), who had defended valiantly all afternoon, to touch down for James McFarlane (Redruth/Exeter University) to convert.


Photo- St. Austell’s Konnor Ewudzi on the chase

Locryn Williams, currently with Chinnor, was having a fine game for Cornwall in the back row along with Camborne’s Liam Moyle, and was one of the players to catch the eye of the England Counties Under 20 selectors present at the game. They will tour Russia this season.

Mahon almost made it four tries for Berkshire but after an impressive break he dropped the ball in the process of going over the line.
Cornwall continued to battle but were unable to add to their single score.

Next up is a difficult trip to Cinderford on Sunday 28th February to face Gloucestershire, who defeated Devon 30-15 at Keyham, nothing less than a win will do for Cornwall to have a chance of a place in this season’s last eight.

CORNWALL U20s: Ben Stean (Camborne), Lewis Thomas (St Ives), Jack Simmons (Camborne, Capt), Dan Rutter (Redruth), Konnor Ewudzi (St Austell), James McFarlane (Redruth/Exeter University), Brandon Andrews (Saltash); Tommy-Lee Southworth (Camborne), Adam Smith (Redruth), Tommy Phillips (Redruth), Luke Hattam (Redruth), Andy Inch (St Austell), Locryn Williams (Chinnor), Liam Moyle (Camborne), Adam Hughes (Penryn).
Replacements: Ryan Burley (Penryn), Harry Smith (Wadebridge Camels), Angus Brown (Camborne), Kieron Down (Saltash), Tom Sandercock (Launceston), Connor Swan (Cardiff Met), Connor Bick (Pirates Amateurs).
Travelling Reserves: Aaron Vincent (Lankelly-Fowey), Will Whitworth (Redruth), Dane Jane (St Austell).
Cornwall scores, Try, Stean, Con, McFarlane

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Nowell’s try wins the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield

Photo- Jack Nowell with England coach Eddie Jones post Calcutta Cup


Yet again what a weekend weather-wise, which saw loads of already re-arranged fixtures postponed once more!

The league program was completely wiped-out in Cornwall, with just Wadebridge Camels Intermediate Cup SW Final taking place at the Molesworth Field against Matson, currently unbeaten in Western Counties (North).

In the end the visitors prevailed 10-0 scoring all their points in the first half.

London Cornish were also in Cup action, again in the intermediate Cup, in the South East section, they too bowed out, against Cobham 24-18.

With Redruth’s game against Dorking going by the way on Friday. The Cornish All Blacks were the only side in action in National League 2 South at Barnes, sadly it was an all too familiar story as they lost 40-0.

Redruth will hope their pitch dries out this week when they are again at home against former league leader’s Old Albanian, who lost at home on Saturday to Chinnor 17-5.

That’s three defeats on the bounce for Old Albanian and their head-coach James Shanahan will not be relishing a trip to Redruth to put matters right.
Sunday saw Championship action with the Cornish Pirates playing Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley. The Pirates came away from Leeds with a losing bonus point following a 33-26 loss, thanks to a couple of tries from flanker Alex Cheesman and a penalty-try. Laurence May booted a conversion and three penalties to complete the Pirates’ haul.

Cornish Pirates’ Director of Rugby Ian Davies had expected a tough challenge, and it was, but despite the defeat he was pleased with much of the endeavour on display. Speaking after the game, he commented: “Losing Laurie early on with a shoulder injury was a big blow, however Aaron led well from the front and Stuart Townsend was also outstanding.

“Taking on a Top 4 side littered with Premiership-experienced players was always going to provide a challenge, and we needed to be more clinical and efficient in certain areas. Gifting penalties enabled them to acquire field position to use their maul, and our line-out was poor.

“We have been on a good run and came unstuck against a strong Yorkshire Carnegie side. The game was though closer than the scoreline suggests and we deserved our losing bonus point.”

Also on Sunday Cornwall Under 20s kicked off their County Championship campaign away at Berkshire.

Berkshire got off to a flying start to lead 12-0 after just ten minutes and the score-line remained the same until half-time.

In the second half Berkshire scored a third try to go 19-0 up

Cornwall then came into it much more and reduced the deficit with a try from Camborne’s Ben Stean, converted by James McFarlane. However that was as close as they would get.

In the other game in the pool Gloucestershire defeated Devon at Keyham 30-15.

The 6 Nations got underway at the weekend. On Saturday France retained the Garibaldi Trophy against Italy in a tight game in Paris 23-21 with Jules Plisson kicking the winning penalty.

England retained the Calcutta Cup with a 15-9 win at Murrayfield.

Jack Nowell had a great game for England, scoring the decisive try in the second half. Jack was also involved in the build up to England’s first try, his clever chip ahead was gathered by Scotland’s Stuart Hogg, Jack following up tackled him and drove him over the line for a 5-metre scrum to England, from which the English pack mauled over with lock George Kruis getting the score.

So fifty-three years since Richard Sharp’s magical try at Twickenham against Scotland, another Cornishman scores the decisive try in the Calcutta Cup.

The game on Sunday saw Wales battle back to earn a 16 – all draw with Ireland in Dublin.

So after the first weekend, only England and France can still win the Grand Slam, with England also on course for the Triple Crown.


Jack wasn’t the only Cornish try scorer over the weekend. On Friday evening Lucy Demaine, originally from St. Germans in S.E. Cornwall, came on as a second half replacement for England Ladies against Scotland in Cumbernauld in their 32-0 win. Lucy bravely charged down a Scottish clearance near their line and won the race to the ball to score her side’s fifth try! What a memorable debut for her.

Billy Keast also came on as a second half replacement for England Under 20s also at Cumbernauld but the result went in favour of Scotland who won 24-6.

This Wednesday will hopefully see Truro School in Nat West Cup action against QEGS Wakefield at the Quarter-final stage.
The game will hopefully take place at the School with a 12 pm kick-off, although I gather Perranporth RFC’s pitch is on standby if required.




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Six players from Camborne in squad for Cornwall Under 20 opener at Berkshire



Photo – Locryn Williams set to feature once again for Cornwall Under 20s



Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2016 begins on Sunday 7 February.

Following a trial session at Truro RFC, the Under 20 squad have trained for a number of weeks sometimes in atrocious weather in preparation for their first game against Berkshire at Redingensians RFC, Reading with a 2 pm kick off.

CRFU President Ken Plummer said “This is the first game at this level for some of the team and they start with a tough game away to last year’s beaten finalist. I want to thank the coaching team of Ian Morgan, Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins and team manager Chris Lea for their work in pulling together the team. I also offer my congratulations to Jack Simmons of Camborne RFC who has been appointed the captain for the coming season” He went on to say “I would also like to thank, Kelsall Steele for their continued sponsorship of U20 section, along with Booth Printers our programme sponsors”.

Cornwall faces 2 other games in the group stage during February and March, depending on results, with the quarterfinals being played at the end of March.

Coach Ian Morgan said – “We have a young squad who have trained well and in good numbers on Sunday mornings in Truro. They now face a stern test away against a strong Berkshire squad”

Cornwall also face Gloucestershire away on Sunday 28 February at Cinderford RFC, before a final pool stage game at home and will Devon on Sunday 13 March 2016 at Camborne RFC.

Coach Mike Rawlings said; – “It is testament to the guys who have trained on Sunday mornings it is never easy after games for their own clubs on the Saturday. They have trained hard and know they face a difficult task, but they will be extremely proud to pull on the famous black and gold shirt of Cornwall. ”
CRFU Chair Denis Preece said “This is the first opportunity for some of these players to represent Cornwall at senior level. A number of the players, who have gone before them, have gone on to represent the full County 15 and some have played at Twickenham!! Last season Todd Prisk and Tommy Phillips through their performances with Cornwall were selected for the England Counties U20 squad that toured Hungary”
Cornwall Under 20 team manager Chris Lea said; – “This squad is a mixture of players from last season, new players nominated from clubs and guys who have progressed through the Under 18 age group. It is great to see these guys getting progression through the County system and a number of former players are now playing at Premiership and Championship level, as well as clubs within Cornwall”

Photo – This season’s Skipper Jack Simmons eludes Yorkshire’s James Thompson in last season’s semi-final







Coaches – Ian Morgan, Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins
Team Manager – Chris Lea

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