Cornwall win the Cup

Cornwall Team photo for the 2019 Bill Beaumont Cup Final. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 02/06/19, Cornwall, Cheshire, Bill Beaumont Cup Final, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Twickenham Stadium, London, England

A Matt Shepherd conversion with the final kick of the game gave Cornwall the Bill Beaumont Cup in a tight final against Cheshire.

Cornwall led 7-0 at half-time thanks to an Alex Ducker try converted by Fraser Honey.

Playing the whole of the second half with just fourteen men following a red card to Jack Oulton, Cornwall withstood Cheshire pressure until finally cracking to an unconverted try.

Alex Ducker of Cornwall (Camborne) runs in a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 02/06/19, Cornwall, Cheshire, Bill Beaumont Cup Final, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Twickenham Stadium, London, England

Cheshire then went on to score a second try, this time converted and looked to be heading for the win.

However, Cornwall’s never-say-die attitude was rewarded at the end when Seti Raumakita cut a great line to score and tie the scores, leaving Shepherd to add the coup de grace.

Full report to follow.

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Watch County Final via ERTV

Cornwall supporters in the crowd. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 18/05/19, Cornwall, Devon, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Brixham, Astley Park, England

If you can’t make Twickenham tomorrow, then no worries you can watch the final via ERTV on the link below.

ERTV coverage of County Final https://www.englandrugby.com/news/county-championship-finals-twickenham-watch-live/

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Cornwall are ready for Cheshire

Cornwall completed their final training session at Redruth RFC yesterday evening with the squad looking forward to Sunday’s Bill Beaumont Cup final 5-45 pm at Twickenham.

Jess Tompsett of Cornwall (Redruth) on the charge. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 30/05/19, Cornwall, Training, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

There a no injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s clash with Cheshire.

The Cornwall squad will depart for Twickenham tomorrow morning, 11 am starting from Hayle RFC, staying overnight near London.

Dan Job of Cornwall (Lanner) charging forward. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 30/05/19, Cornwall, Training, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

The squad will prepare on Sunday for the game, before the coach ride to the Stadium.

Many thanks to Warren’s Bakery who have kindly provided the squad with pasties for the trip up, also to Tribute Brewery and Kelsal Steele who have sponsored a range of O’Neills leisure wear so that the squad will look “proper” at HQ.

Ben Hilton Captain of Cornwall (Barnstaple) organises the line-out. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 30/05/19, Cornwall, Training, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

Sunday morning sees the Family coach set off from Hayle RFC at 7 am and they will meet up with the Trelawny’s Army coaches and others from the duchy along with our “exiles” to greet the team as they arrive at Twickenham at around 3:45 pm to sea of black and gold.     

For those early arrivals at Twickenham head to the Cabbage Patch for 12-noon, where choirmaster Stu Hoy will lead the singing of the Cornish. Pasties will be available.

For those unable to travel to Twickenham, there will be full match coverage by BBC Radio Cornwall, with Dick Straughan and John Martin your commentators.

It is expected and hoped that ERTV will provide match footage of the game. See the RFU site for updates.

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Ducker & Oulton picked for England Counties

Jack Oulton of Cornwall (Redruth) runs in a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 11/05/19, Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

Two of the stars from this season’s Cornwall side have been picked for England Counties tour to Georgia, leaving almost immediately following the final whistle in Sunday’s Bill Beaumont Cup Final.

Alex Ducker of Cornwall (Camborne) runs in a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 11/05/19, Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

For both Jack Oulton (Redruth) and Alex Ducker (Camborne), it is worthy recognition as both players have enjoyed a stand out season for both their clubs and Cornwall.

There are two games scheduled, both against a Georgia XV, with the first game taking place in Kutaisi on the 7th June and the second in Tbilisi on the 11th June, both games kick-off at 6 pm local time.

England Counties squad to tour Georgia

1. Tom Williams* Kent and Blackheath

2. George Porter* Gloucestershire and Cinderford

3. Henry Paul* Surrey And Esher

4. Danny Herriott* Kent and Blackheath

5. Nathan Morris* Kent and Old Elthamians

6. Neil Briggs * Cheshire and Sale FC

7. Bob Birtwell Lancashire and Sedgley Park

8. Joe Makin Yorkshire and Hull Ionians

9. John Kelly* Devon and Plymouth Albion

10. Ollie Hodgson Durham and DMP

11. Andrew Hughes Lancashire and Sale FC

12. Harry Hone Gloucestershire and Cinderford

13. Stephen Leonard * Kent and Cambridge University

14. Jack Daly Kent and Blackheath

15. Jack Oulton* Cornwall and Redruth

16. Dan Mugford Devon and Plymouth Albion

17. Greg Lound* Surrey and Rosslyn park

18. James Tincknell Yorkshire and Hull Ionians

19. Kieron Moffat* Kent and Old Elthamians

20. Lewis Minikin Yorkshire and Hull Ionians

21. Callum McKenzie* Durham and DMP

22. Craig Holland* Surrey and Chinnor

23. Nick Hankin* Hertfordshire and Bishops Stortford

24. Alex Ducker* Cornwall and Camborne

New caps-*

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Cornwall name side to face Cheshire

CORNWALL SELECT SIDE TO FACE CHESHIRE IN SUNDAY TEA-TIME FINAL

By Bill Hooper

Cornwall selectors have stuck by the same tried and tested squad for Sunday’s Bill Beaumont Cup Final against Cheshire at Twickenham.

Cornwall Team photo for the 2019 County Championship Campaign. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 11/05/19, Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

It will be the third time the two counties have faced each other in the final, Cheshire won the first final in 1998, 21-14, whilst Cornwall won the second final three years ago, 35-13, Matt Shepherd notching twenty points in a memorable performance with a try, three penalties and three conversions.  

There are just a couple of positional changes for the final. Jon Dawe moves to the wing whilst Richie Kevern moves from full-back to the centre to partner club mate Jack Simmons with Shepherd having recovered from injury that forced him to miss the Devon game.

Jack Oulton of Cornwall (Redruth) runs in a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 11/05/19, Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

In the back row, Edd Pascoe retains his place with fit again Sam Stevens returning having also missed out against Devon.

Disappointingly, there is no place for Bude winger Kyle Speare who is named as a travelling reserve.

The replacements bench will supply plenty to the team’s performance when they get their chance. Penryn pair George Jones and Grant Randlesome are bound to play a full part at rugby HQ, as will Wadebridge’s Matt Ballard.

The whole squad at training joined in with the congratulations to Alex Ducker and Jack Oulton on their selection for England Counties tour to Georgia, which departs immediately after the final.

Alex Ducker of Cornwall (Camborne) charing down the wing. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 11/05/19, Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

While there are still 80 minutes of rugby to be played, this Cornwall team will give everything and more in this final game of their season and be a credit to their families, their clubs and their county. They have played with pride and passion wearing the black and gold and that has always been a hallmark of great Cornwall sides of the past.

The selected squad will be travelling up to Twickenham on Saturday and will arrive at the ground at approximately 3.30 pm on the Sunday and look forward to being greeted by the Cornish crowd as they step off the coach.

There may be many in the Cornwall rugby community who will be baffled by the RFU decision to move the 5.30pm kick-off to 5.45pm

Cornwall team to play Cheshire at Twickenham on Sunday 2nd June. Kick off 5.45pm

15. Matt Shepherd   Plymouth Albion

14. John Dawe           Plymouth Albion

13. Jack Simmons      Redruth

12. Richie Kevern     Redruth

11. Alex Ducker         Camborne

10. Fraser Honey       Plymouth Albion

9. Jack Oulton            Redruth

1. Dan Job                  Lanner

2. Rob Elloway          St. Ives

3. Jess Tompsett      Redruth

4. Tony Whittle        Camborne

5. Ben Hilton (captain)   Barnstaple

6. Edd Pascoe           Redruth & Royal Navy

7. Sam Stevens        Redruth

8. Brad Howe           Redruth

16. Matt Ballard      Wadebridge Camels

25. Craig Williams   Redruth

18. George Jones    Penryn

19. Grant Randlesome   Penryn

20. Taron Peacock  Camborne

21. Dean Bonds      Redruth

22. Seti Raumakita  Plymouth Albion

Travelling Reserves: Rikki Bentham, Kyle Speare, Rhys Brownfield, Charlie Nicholson or Greg Thomas

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Cornwall beat Devon to reach final

BILL BEAUMONT CUP          

DEVON 20 – 50 CORNWALL

By Bill Hooper, at Astley Park

Cornwall booked their return to Twickenham in impressive style scoring eight tries as they defeated a gutsy Devon side.

There was a late change to the published team, with Sam Stevens failing a late fitness test. Fellow red Edd Pascoe came into the back row, with Falmouth’s lock Dan Sanderson onto the bench.

Roared on by Trelawny’s Army, Cornwall kicked off and looked to stamp their authority on the game.

Alex Ducker of Cornwall (Camborne) runs in a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 18/05/19, Cornwall, Devon, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Brixham, Astley Park, England

It didn’t take long with an opening try after just four minutes scored by the mercurial Alex Ducker following some good phases by the Cornish forwards, Ducker’s balance and pace bamboozled the Devon defence.

Fly-half Fraser Honey made no mistake with the first of his five successful conversions.

Devon came back into it with some good play from former Cornwall player Lewis Paterson and the impressive back row Tom McGratton, they earned a penalty that fly-half Tom Putt kicked to cut the deficit.

Honey then missed with a penalty attempt at the other end, before the game erupted with a dust up involving Brad Howe and Devon’s Dean Avery, both players were invited by referee Nick Wood to spend ten minutes on the naughty step.

Dan Job of Cornwall (Lanner) reaches through to score the try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 18/05/19, Cornwall, Devon, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Brixham, Astley Park, England

Cornwall’s defence was again rock-solid with Pascoe knocking over Devon players at will.

Cornwall then found themselves down to thirteen men when Ducker was adjudged to have deliberately knocked-on, it seemed a harsh call.

Putt, who had just seen a penalty attempt canon off an upright, made no mistake at the second time of asking.

Cornwall survived the short period of being down to thirteen before Howe returned, indeed wing Dean Bonds was just inches away from scoring Cornwall’s second try.

The Black and Golds maintained the pressure near the Devon line, with penalty decisions going their way at scrum-time, eventually it told as scrum-half Jack Oulton sniped, seemed to lose balance but kept his feet to score near the posts, Honey was again successful with the extras.

The Cornwall maul continues to move forward. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 18/05/19, Cornwall, Devon, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Brixham, Astley Park, England

Full-back Charlie Briant went close for the green and whites, denied once more by the granite Cornish defence.

With half-time fast approaching Cornwall got their third try, from a ruck near the Devon line, prop Dan Job drove and planted the ball on the line, Honey’s conversion put Cornwall in the driving seat at the break 21-6.

Dean Bonds of Cornwall (Redruth) catches the ball and runs forward. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 18/05/19, Cornwall, Devon, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Brixham, Astley Park, England

Cornwall didn’t deal well with the kick-off at the beginning of the second half handing possession to Devon, they went through the phases near the Cornwall line before scrum-half Ben Watts went over, Putt’s conversion brought Devon back into contention momentarily as Cornwall got their act together getting the bonus point try through the impressive Howe, Honey again made no mistake with the conversion.

Ben King of Devon (Ivybridge) can’t stop Brad Howe of Cornwall (Redruth) from going over for the try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 18/05/19, Cornwall, Devon, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Brixham, Astley Park, England

Just four minutes later further pressure in the Devon twenty-two saw giant prop Jess Tompsett drive over for try number five, and Honey adding his final conversion.

The Cornwall supporters were by now in full-cry as Cornwall, with the game in the bag cut loose with further tries from Kyle Speare, following great work from Ducker, Jon Dawe, given the scoring pass by full-back Richie Kevern and finally Taron Peacock, who found a big hole and gleefully accepted it.

Kyle Speare of Cornwall (Bude) dives over in the corner for a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 18/05/19, Cornwall, Devon, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Brixham, Astley Park, England

Devon did have the final say with a try from Avery from a missed lineout near the Cornwall line, converted by Putt, but by then Cornwall’s black and gold army was in full celebration as the plans for Twickenham were being made.

Taron Peacock of Cornwall (Camborne) runs in a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 18/05/19, Cornwall, Devon, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Brixham, Astley Park, England

Head coach Graham Dawe was pleased with the win. “Delighted for the boys but it took us awhile to get going, we fell foul of the referee again, so we have to make sure we understand what he wants. We will look to prepare for Twickenham and make sure the boys are in the best shape going into that game.”

DEVON (Ivybridge unless stated): Charlie Briant, Billy Pinkus, Rhys Palmer (Okehampton), Lewis Paterson, Frank Kelly (Plymouth Albion), Tom Putt (Unattached), Ben Watts; Matt Dowrick (Newton Abbot), Dean Avery (Unattached), Charlie Tribble (Exmouth), Adam Thomas (Brixham), Jamie Tripcony, Tom McGratton (Okehampton), Sam Thomas (Brixham), Wayne Sprangle (Bridgwater & Albion, Capt).

Replacements: Ashlee Crouch (Plymouth Albion),Shane Cooper (Exmouth), Ben King, Olly Schuster-Wood (Cullompton), George Wilson, Mitch Pinkus (Brixham), Jamie Hext (Brixham).

Devon scores: Tries, Watts, Avery, Cons, Putt 2, Pens, Putt 2

Yellow Card: Avery (19)

CORNWALL (Redruth unless stated): Richie Kevern, Dean Bonds, Jack Simmons, Jon Dawe (Plymouth Albion), Alex Ducker (Camborne), Fraser Honey (Plymouth Albion), Jack Oulton; Dan Job (Lanner), Rob Elloway (St. Ives), Jess Tompsett, Tony Whittle (Camborne), Ben Hilton (Barnstaple, Capt), Edd Pascoe, Grant Randlesome (Penryn), Brad Howe.

Replacements: Matt Ballard (Wadebridge Camels), Craig Williams, Dan Sanderson (Falmouth), George Jones (Penryn), Seti Raumakita (Plymouth Albion), Kyle Speare (Bude), Taron Peacock (Camborne).

Cornwall scores: Tries, Ducker, Oulton, Job, Howe, Tompsett, Speare, Dawe, Peacock, Cons, Honey 5

Yellow Cards: Howe (19), Ducker (27)

Referee: Nick Woods

Crowd: 1,450   

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Cornwall defeat Devon to book Twickers return

The Black & Golds ran in eight tries in a 50-20 win to book a return to rugby HQ in early June.

Cornwall ran riot in the second half scoring five tries to demolish a brave Devon effort.

Ducker, Outlton and Job scored tries in the first half with Honey kicking all three conversions, to a couple of Putt penalties for the hosts.

Despite an early second half score by Watts for Devon, Cornwall kept their foot on the metal with tries from Howe, Tompsett, Speare, Dawe and Peacock with Honey adding another couple of conversions.

Devon had the final say when Avery crashed over but it was too little for the green and whites.

Cornwall will now face Cheshire in the final, after they defeated Durham today and Lancashire lost the Roses match to Yorkshire.

Full report tomorrow

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Cornwall name side to face Devon

BILL BEAUMONT CUP          

DEVON V CORNWALL

Cornwall go into their third and final pool match this Saturday against old rivals Devon knowing a win will be good enough to take them back to Twickenham  for the sixth time in seven years.

Taron Peacock of Cornwall (Camborne) throws a pass. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 08/05/19, Cornwall, Training, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

Having already defeated Devon in this season’s Tamar Cup match at Brickfields last month 28-13, Cornwall will be keen to avenge the Championship defeat to Devon last season at Camborne 20-19, however there will be a key player from the Tamar cup win missing, full-back Matt Shepherd.

Shepherd picked up an injury against Hertfordshire last Saturday, sadly has not recovered in time.

Redruth’s Richie Kevern comes into the starting XV at full-back, whilst fellow Red Dean Bonds, a try scorer last week, gets the nod over Kyle Speare on the wing, who reverts to the bench.

Rob Elloway of Cornwall (St Ives) throws a pass. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 08/05/19, Cornwall, Training, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

Albion’s Seti Raumakita comes in as a backs replacement on the bench as does Camborne’s Taron Peacock, the unfortunate player to miss out is another Cherry and White, utility back Rhys Brownfield.

Head coach Graham Dawe said ahead of the game. “It’s going to be a huge battle against Devon, we have to earn the right to make the final again, the game will come down to those fine margins and who is prepared to put their bodies on the line.”

Kick-off at Brixham is 2:30 pm.

Cornwall side to face Devon;

15. Richie Kevern (Redruth)

14. Dean Bonds (Redruth)

13. Jack Simmons (Redruth)

12. Jon Dawe (Plymouth Albion)

11. Alex Ducker (Camborne)

10. Fraser Honey (Plymouth Albion)

9. Jack Oulton (Redruth)

1. Dan Job (Lanner)

2. Rob Elloway (St. Ives)

3. Jess Tompsett (Redruth)

4. Tony Whittle (Camborne)

5. Ben Hilton (Barnstaple, Capt)

6. Grant Randlesome (Penryn)

7. Sam Stevens (Redruth)

8. Brad Howe (Redruth)

Replacements;

16. Matt Ballard (Wadebridge Camels)

17. Craig Williams (Redruth)

18. Edd Pascoe (Redruth)

19. George Jones (Penryn)

20. Taron Peacock (Camborne)

21. Seti Raumakita (Plymouth Albion)

22. Kyle Speare (Bude)

Travelling Reserves: Andruis Zacharovas (Camborne), Dan Sanderson (Falmouth), Rhys Brownfield (Camborne)   

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Nostalgic return to Redruth for the Cornwall side of 69

Surviving players from the Cornwall 1969 County Championship Final side that played Lancashire. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 11/05/19, Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

Re-visting the Recreation Ground 50 years after playing in one of the most famous games of rugby ever played on the famous old ground, some of the surviving members of the Cornwall side that played Lancashire in the 1969 County Championship Final, played on the 8th March.

23,000 spectators crammed into the Redruth Recreation Ground that afternoon in the hope that Cornwall could win the crown that had eluded them since 1908.

Sadly it was not to be as Lancashire staged a second half comeback to win the game 11-9.

Cornwall’s first half points were scored by Roger Harris and Raymond George, penalties and David Chapman with a drop-goal.

Sadly four of the side have passed away and they are sadly missed by all supporters of the game in Cornwall.

The players were the guests of the Cornwall RFU for the day.

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Brixham RFC Parking

Please be aware of the following information re car parking at Brixham RFC on Saturday 18th May.

Car Parking at the ground is restricted to Blue Badge holders, or those with a disability. Parking spaces will be at a premium.

If you require a parking space at the club please contact the club direct on 01803 882162 to reserve a place.

General parking will be available at a nearby school.

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