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Life on the road suits the Pirates


Photo by Simon Bryant: Tom Duncan against Nottingham

The Cornish Pirates made it two wins away from fortress Mennaye in their Championship game at Nottingham on Sunday, in an impressive 35-19 bonus point win.

Stuart Townsend, Dan Lee, Tom Duncan and Alex O’Meara crossed for the Pirates’ four tries with Will Cargill and Laurence May adding the rest of the points with the boot.

The win puts the Pirates third in the table ahead of next Sunday’s clash at the Mennaye against London Welsh, when the Pirates will hope to keep their good early season form intact.

On Saturday Redruth travelled to Chinnor for the first away game of the season and despite a battling performance came away with a 21-5 defeat, flanker Shaun Buzza with their only try.

In National 3 SW, Camborne put in a storming performance to defeat visitors Hornets 41-17.

Town scored six tries through Taff Roko (2), Kevin Mankee, Dave Roberts, Rhys Brownfield and Josh Semmens with Mankee slotting four conversions and a penalty.

Further disappointment for Launceston as they suffered a third defeat at home to Ivybridge 15-29.

The All Blacks scored tries through Tom Sandercock and Fraser Honey who also added a penalty and conversion.

In Tribute Western Counties West, St. Austell won an eventful derby at Truro 16-11.

Truro lost prop Ethan Patterson early on to a red card following brawl that also saw team-mate Ashley Riches and Saints Peter Rowe yellow carded.

Andy Ashwin and Ashley Hosking traded penalties before Alex Sutheridge scored a try for Truro. Ashwin and Hosking again traded penalties before half-time.

Liam Freeman kicked a penalty for saints before the pressure told on Truro and Max Duggan scored a try that Freeman converted to seal the win.

Wadebridge Camels defeated visitors Sidmouth 38-7. Camels scored five tries through Jacob Johns, Mike Rawlings, Dom Hawkey, Adam Blackmore and Ian Boyling. James Grubb converted the lot plus kicked a penalty.

St. Ives almost pulled off a great win against Exeter University but were denied at the end 10-11.

Jamie Prisk got their try with Jordan Gott adding the conversion and a penalty.

Bude lost for the second week running this time at home to Torquay Athletic 28-10, Charlie Watton scored a try with Dan Pearce adding a conversion and a penalty.

In London 2 SW, London Cornish ran riot at Warlingham winning 65-0! Cornish ran in eleven tries with David Smith, David Funston, Mark Osei-TuTu and Matt Hakes all getting a brace each with James Le Broy, Richard Stephens and Tom Jeffery also crossing. Smith added five conversions.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon league, Falmouth lead the way following their 41-10 against newly promoted Lanner. Tries for the Eagles came via Justyn Irons (2), Oli Church, Cameron Bullock, David Jones and Nick Caine with Irons kicking four conversions and a penalty.

For Lanner Levi Webster scored a try converted by Adam Harris who also kicked a penalty.

Penryn are up to second following their 27-5 win at Tamar Saracens. Borough’s scores came from George Jones, Sam Hitchens, Andrew Seviour and Colin Campbell with Nathan Strick kicking the rest of the points.

Saltash defeated Pirates Amateurs 32-26. Ashes scored four tries through Lewys Wells, Ryan Cruikshanks,  Ryan Rayner and Phil Eatwell with Nick Blake kicking the other points.

For the Ams, Steve Evans and Tony Matthews scored tries with Dan McGee adding both conversions and four penalties.

Bodmin had a good 30-13 win over Honiton.

Liskeard-Looe lead the way in Tribute Cornwall league following their 72-0 win at St. Just. Hayle are a point behind following their 18-5 win against Camborne School of Mines at Penryn.

Newquay Hornets have cleared their ten league point deficit from the start of the season following their 35-15 win against Veor on their new ground the old School of Mines ground at Camborne.

Check the results page for the other results.

Congratulations to Penzance’s Deborah Fleming who has been awarded a 10 month contract by the RFU to play on the World 7s circuit with England Women.

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Signings show exiles’ intent

Which Cornwall RFU affiliated club has signed a Heineken Cup and Premiership winner for the new season? The answer, perhaps surprisingly, London 2 SW side London Cornish!

Cornish, who currently play at the same level as Cornish clubs in Tribute Western Counties West, but who have plans to go further up the leagues, pulled off the coup by signing former Samoan International flanker and World Cup player Dan Leo.


Photo: Dan Leo in action for Cornish against Twickenham

Leo, who apart from Wasps, with whom he got his European and Premiership winners medals in 2007, has also played for London Irish and London Welsh as well as Queensland Reds plus Top 14 sides Perpignan and Bordeaux-Bègles, whilst with Samoa he has gained 39 caps.

He recently founded Pacific Rugby Players Welfare and works for the PRA in their Cultural Diversity Program within the Premiership to assist players from the Pacific Islands settling in the UK and Europe.

Understandably, Director of Rugby of Rugby Dickon Moon is delighted to have landed such a marquee signing: “I am delighted to have managed to get Dan to sign for us this season. He’s is going to bring huge experience to our squad.”

Leo is not the only big name signing that Moon has landed this summer: former Northampton Saints and England 7s player David Smith has also signed for London Cornish, as the club hopes to go one better than the past two seasons and finally clinch promotion to London 1 South.

“Losing in play-offs in the past two seasons has been deeply frustrating for everyone at the club. This season we want to avoid all that and win the league outright to earn promotion and hopefully with the squad we are assembling we will be able to achieve that aim.”


Photo: Dickon Moon seeks to go one better this season

Pre-season has certainly gone well with Barking, Ealing Amateurs and Hammersmith & Fulham all defeated. Not that long ago, Barking were in the same league as Redruth and the Cornish All Blacks!

Despite the high profile signings Moon is keen to retain the local link and is equally delighted that many from Cornwall heading to London turn to the exiles for their rugby.

“We seem to pick up many from North Cornwall and this year it’s no different as former Bude lock James LeBroy has joined. We’ve also picked up a couple of backs  from Exeter University, George Kimmins and Miles Rushworth, whilst former Bath Academy hooker Jake Slade has signed for us along with former Old Redcliffian Rich Stephens, David Funston, a centre from the Derry club and Ed Price from the Civil Service.

Off the field London Cornish have also been busy with improvements made at their Richardson Evans Memorial Ground pitch, a new post-match functions area at Roehampton Cricket Club and the use of much improved training facilities at Rosslyn Park.

In their opening game of the season London Cornish got off to a winning start, defeating Twickenham 19-14.

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Pirates settle for draw under the Mennaye sun


Photo Mark Collett, action from Penryn v Saltash with Borough’s Adam Hughes driving forward.

A very busy weekend for me covering both the Redruth and Cornish Pirates’ games for the local press, both were excellent games although the more satisfying from a spectator’s point of view will have been the 31 all draw between the Pirates and Ealing on Sunday.

It was a full-on game played in glorious sunshine. Ealing had the better of the early exchanges as the Pirates fell foul of referee Christophe Ridley far too often in the first forty.

A Mark Bright-inspired Ealing scored three excellent first half tries to lead 21-7, with the Pirates sole reply coming from winger Matt Evans with a try converted by fly-half Will Cargill.

Ealing’s player-coach Ben Ward nudged the visitors further ahead early in the second half before the Pirates’ bench brought some greater energy to the fray. Tom Duncan and Kyle Moyle scored tries both converted by Cargill to tie the scores at 24-24. Ealing got their noses ahead again with a converted try but the Pirates pegged them back thanks to Stuart Townsend’s quick thinking from a tap and go, with Cargill again on the money with the extras.

A draw was probably a fair result in the end, whilst those from Redruth will have been happy to see former players Bright and Aaron Penberthy in action for Ealing.

In National League 2 South Redruth made it two wins on the trot with a 48-12 win against newly promoted Barnstaple. Jack Oulton, Tommy Phillips, Sam Parsons, Nielson Webber and a penalty-try award plus three conversions and a penalty from James Huxtable saw the Reds go in 34-0 with the game won at half-time.

Second half Barnstaple salvaged some pride with a couple of tries, but Alex Ducker came on to score a couple himself, both converted by Huxtable.

The Reds hit the road for the first time this season on Saturday to face Chinnor with a few familiar faces waiting to greet them!

In National 3 SW, Camborne also made it two wins from two with an impressive 22-16 win at Dings Crusaders. Dave Mankee scored all his side’s points with a try, conversion and five penalties.

The only blemish was lock Damien Cook’s red card for retaliation, but to win at Dings is a fine marker and will make the rest of the division take note!

Launceston succumbed to a second defeat, this time at Hornets 31-17, Lloyd Duke, Fred Bulut and Martin Kneebone scoring the Cornish All Blacks’ tries.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro also made it two wins with a fine 26-24 win at Sidmouth. Ieuen Bone, Jake Champion, Daryl Riches and Jack Symons all scored tries, with Ashley Hosking adding three conversions.

Wadebridge Camels came from behind to win a thrilling encounter 32-26 at Torquay.

Trailing 20-3, Camels fought back with Dan Thomas, Matt Ballard, Adam Blackmore and Dom Hawkey scoring tries and James Grubb kicking three conversions and two penalties.

St. Austell also had to battle from behind to claim their first win of the season 29-24 against Burnham. Tries were scored by James Martin (2), Miles Davey and Sam Rhodes, Andy Ashwin kicked the other points.

St. Ives put up a good show at Devonport Services before losing 29-23. Jamie Prisk and James Wright scored tries for the Hakes, with Jordan Gott converting both scores and kicking three penalties.

A weakened Bude proved no match for Exeter University going down 83-5! James Comber with their consolation try.

In London 2 SW, London Cornish, despite missing a few regulars, defeated Twickenham 19-14. Former Wasps and London Welsh player and Samoan International Dan Leo made his debut for the club.

In Tribute Cornwall & Devon League, Falmouth made it back-to-back wins with a fine 34-15 win at Honiton. Tom Edmonds, Justyn Irons (2), former Red, Owen Hambly and Nick Carne scored tries with Irons adding three conversions and a penalty.

Pirates Amateurs remain unbeaten following their 45-17 win against Plymstock at the Mennaye. Rhodri McAtee (2), Chadwick (2), James and Barrett scored tries for the Amateurs, with Magee kicking three conversions and three penalties.

Penryn won the Cornish derby at the Memorial Ground against Saltash 35-24. Borough’s tries were scored by Ross Hancock, Adam Hughes (pictured), Josh Chambers and Sam Hitchens with Matt Horton adding three conversions and three penalties.

For the Ashes, Ollie Mulberry (2), Will Morton and Joe Ronayne scored tries with Kieran Down and Ryan Cruickshanks each adding a conversion.

Lanner lost for the second game running this time 35-19 at home to Tavistock.

Dave Hewett scored their only try with Nick Prout kicking the other points.

Bodmin lost their opening game at Topsham 25- 8.

The Cornwall League results can be viewed in the Cornish results page. Hats off to St. Agnes who won the surfers derby 19-8 against Perranporth!

Cornwall U.18s got their season off to a winning start defeating Plymouth College 27-19.

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League season is up and running


Photo : Ian Morgan happy with Camborne’s start

The league season got under way for most of our clubs last Saturday and the weather was typical Cornish rugby weather!

In the Championship, the Cornish Pirates got their season off to a great start with a win on the road at Bedford Blues 26-17.

Fly-half Will Cargill had a 100% record with the boot kicking four penalties and adding the conversions to Matt Evans and Tom Duncan’s tries.

Pirates will be looking to back up their opening day win at the Mennaye next Sunday when Ealing Trailfinders make the trip down to the far sou’west. Former Red Mark Bright has joined Ealing this summer and he always seems to raise his game when back in the Duchy!

In National League 2 South, Redruth withstood a ferocious late surge by Henley Hawks to hold out for a 23-18 win.

Quite where referee Calum Howard found almost fifteen minutes of time added on was a mystery to all in the ground.

Head coach Marek Churcher was delighted with his side’s performance. Tommy Phillips, Brett Rule and Ashley Lawton scored the tries with James Huxtable kicking the rest of the points.

The Reds are at home again this Saturday with newly promoted Barnstaple making the trip down from North Devon.

In National League 3 South west, there were mixed results for our two sides. Camborne, playing their first game back in the National league for 19 years, got their season off to a great start with a 30-14 win at home against Cleve.

The excellent Jack Simmons scored two tries with Dave Roberts getting a third. Dave Mankee back from his sojourn across the Red river banged over all three conversions and three penalties to boot.

Not such a good start for Launceston as they lost at Polson 21-16 to Dings Crusaders, despite the visitors playing most of the game with fourteen men as hooker Paul Fincken was red carded for punching!

Andy Knight and Tom Sandercock scored tries for the All Blacks with Fraser Honey and Ben Hawke adding a penalty each.

Launceston travel to Hornets on Saturday for what will be a very tough game.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro registered an opening day win 41-16 against Torquay Athletic.

Getting a good start to the season has eluded Truro of late but they made no mistake scoring six tries through Toby Armstrong (2), Jake Champion (2), Ashley Riches and Ethan Pattison. Ashley Hosking banged over four conversions and a penalty.

Bude defeated Devonport Services 22-19 thanks to a late Dan Pearce penalty.

Elsewhere it was defeats for our sides. St. Austell, despite a brave battle went down 25-19 at Tiverton. Shane Johns, Cav Boyer and Max Duggan with the Saint’s tries with Liam Freeman landing a couple of conversions.

Wadebridge Camels lost at home 5-10 to Exeter University, player-coach Mike Rawlings with their sole points.

St. Ives also lost at home against Cullompton 10-23, Jordan Gott and Josh Palmer scored tries for the Hakes.

In the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League. There was a good win for Falmouth 15-0 against Topsham, Matt Brewer and Ashley Searle scored the Eagle’s tries with Justyn Irons adding a penalty and conversion.

Pirates Amateurs got off to a winning start 6-0 at Plymouth Argaum thanks to a penalty and drop-goal from Dan McGee.

Saltash lost at Moorlands 3-0 against Paignton.

Lanner also lost 3-0 at Tamar Saracens.

Penryn lost 15-12 at Plymstock. All their points coming from Matt Horton’s boot.

Bodmin’s game with Withycombe was re-arranged.

In Tribute Cornwall League both Hayle and Newquay Hornets made solid starts. The Hayle Lions defeated Illogan Park 53-3, whilst Hornets accounted for Stithians 62-0.

Liskeard-Looe defeated Perranporth 31-11, St. Agnes won at Roseland 8-3, St. Just defeated Redruth Albany 13-7, Lankelly-Fowey won at Camelford 41-7 and Veor beat Helston 15-5.

Camborne School of Mines begin their program next Saturday.

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‘Stack’ Tribute Night

Tribute Night to Stack! – Reminder                

As previously mentioned, a special event is to take place at Penzance & Newlyn RFC’s ‘Westholme’ clubhouse on Friday 9th September (7.30pm for 8pm).

The event will form a ‘Tribute Night to Stack!’, centring on the man himself (Brian ‘Stack’ Stevens) and what he achieved as one of Cornwall’s greatest ever sportsmen, despite playing in an era when the far west of Cornwall was cut off from the rugby mainstream.

With Stack and his family present, the tribute event will welcome many other former Pirates, county players, officials and friends. Admission is free to all who wish to attend, partners are welcome, and a thoroughly enjoyable evening is envisaged – no doubt recalling so many fond memories

There will be a number of speeches, plus a varied range of associated memorabilia which will form an exhibition, including a display case which has Stack’s England cap, British Lions shirt, England shirt, plus the shirt that he exchanged in 1971 after the England versus Rest of the World centenary game.


Also, for those who may be interested, copies of former player Steve Tomlin’s latest title “Stack Stevens – Cornwall’s Rugby Legend” will be on sale.

Steve’s wonderfully written book, which he will happily sign, tells the incredible story of someone born in a remote area of Cornwall who found he had an exceptional talent for rugby. Besides playing over 500 games for the Pirates, and 83 times for Cornwall, Stack won 25 caps for England and he also played for the British Lions.

The book lists quotes from a number of rugby’s finest, including Gareth Edwards and Willie John McBride. It is also worth noting that monies from the book will go to Cornwall Air Ambulance.

For more information, please contact Phil Westren – telephone 07817 998879, or email phil.westren@cornish-pirates.com

Stack has suffered from a rare and serious neurological condition in recent years, and it is of enormous credit that he has displayed heroic stoicism and courage to battle against it.

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Pre-order new book by Steve Tomlin on ‘Stack’ Stevens

TASC are pleased to be able to offer pre-orders for the latest book by Steve Tomlin, who in recent years has also published “Pirates, Pirates, the rise and rise of a Cornish rugby club” and “Cornish Pirates Legends.”

www.amberley-books.com
STACK STEVENS
CORNWALL’S RUGBY LEGEND

STEVE TOMLIN AND FOREWORD BY JOHN INVERDALE

This is the incredible story of Brian ‘Stack’ Stevens, born in a remote former mining area of Cornwall with no sporting background, yet found he had an exceptional talent for rugby. When still a teenager, he was playing against established international players but, with Penzance being cut off from the rugby mainstream, he would have very little recognition for a decade.

At twenty-eight, following some outstanding county matches for Cornwall, he was at last given an England trial. He won twenty-five full international caps for England over the next six years, including famous wins over the top southern hemisphere teams; he also scored the winning try against the All Blacks in Auckland and represented the British Lions in New Zealand.

He was under constant pressure from his father, who needed him at home on the farm, and this prevented him going on a second Lions tour. He temporarily signed for Harlequins to the dismay of his local club Penzance & Newlyn, and had to travel overnight to London for England training and Harlequins matches by hitching a lift on a broccoli lorry to Covent Garden and then back again afterwards.

Stack is still very much a favoured son throughout Cornwall, where the locals see him as ‘one of their own’. He continued to run the farm after his father died, and became an England selector when he finally stopped playing. In recent years he has suffered from a serious neurological condition but as ever he continues to battle against the odds. This book has been written with the full cooperation of Brian and his family by someone who played with him, and who remains a friend.

MARKETING, PUBLICITY, PRESS
Latest title from Amberley’s Sports range
Foreword and testimonial by John Inverdale
Review coverage in national sporting press, local press and radio
Covers playing career with England and British Lions and features anecdotes by former England and Lions players
Highlights the current debate around the dangers of head injuries in rugby.

THE AUTHOR
Steve Tomlin is a passionate Cornish rugby fan who has followed the Pirates since he was nine. He and his wife, Miquette, live close to their family and five grandchildren near Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, but still gets back to his beloved Cornwall as often as possible.

FOREWORD BY

John Inverdale is one of Britain’s leading sports broadcasters and journalists. Among others. he has presented coverage on the Olympic Games, Rugby World Cup and Wimbledon Championships.

STACK is the story of one of Cornwall’s Greatest sporting heroes Brian ‘Stack’ Stevens, who played for England and was called up for the famous Lions Tour of 1971 in New Zealand.

The book in paperback is some 168 pages and contains 50 illustrations.


HOW TO SECURE YOUR COPY

The book is due to be on sale during September and your copy can be reserved for £14.99 + £3.65 P & P by pre-ordering now from TASC Merchandise. Contact Marina by e-mail m.dudley052@btinternet.com or phone 01726 843822.

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Tribute Cornwall RFU Cups fixtures & format for 2016-17

Tribute Cornwall Super Cup 2016/17

This trophy will be contested by CAMBORNE, REDRUTH & LAUNCESTON. The FINAL will be between the top two clubs who accrue the most points in a home and away mini league to be played as follows:

1st October Camborne v Launceston (played as a double header with League match)

26th December Redruth v Camborne (played as a double header with Rodda’s Milk Cup)

31st December Launceston v Redruth

21st January Launceston v Camborne (played as a double header with League match)

18th March Redruth v  Launceston

15th April Camborne  v  Redruth (played as a double header with Rodda’s Milk Cup)

Final to be played on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017.

 

Tribute Cornwall Cup 2016/17

FIRST ROUND

(Matches to be played on 22nd October 2016)

Match One BODMIN  v  SALTASH

Match Two FALMOUTH v LANNER

Match Three PENRYN v PIRATES AMATEURS

First Round Byes: WADEBRIDGE CAMELS, ST AUSTELL, ST IVES, BUDE & TRURO.

QUARTER-FINALS

(Matches to played on 12th November 2016)

TRURO v ST IVES

ST AUSTELL v  BUDE

PENRYN/PIRATES AMATEURS v FALMOUTH/LANNER

BODMIN/SALTASH v WADEBRIDGE CAMELS

Draw for the SEMI-FINALS to be made on SUNDAY 20th November (at the CRFU Clubs’ Conference) with matches to be played 18th March 2017.

Final to be played over the Easter weekend – 15th 16th 17th April 2017.

 

Tribute Cornwall Clubs Cup, Plate, Bowl & Shield 2016/17

On completion of their league programme these trophies will be contested as follows:

Tribute Clubs Cup – TOP FOUR clubs in Cornwall One

Tribute Clubs Plate – BOTTOM FOUR clubs in Cornwall One

Tribute Clubs Bowl – TOP FOUR clubs in Cornwall Two

Tribute Clubs Shield – BOTTOM THREE clubs in Cornwall Two

Round-Robin matches for clubs taking part in Tribute Shield will be played on 25th March, 1st April and 8th April with the top two clubs contesting the Final.

Semi-finals of Tribute Cup, Plate and Bowl to be played on 22nd April.

Finals of Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield to be played on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017.

 

Tribute Duchy Cup and Plate 2016/17

FIRST ROUND

(Matches to be played on 24th September 2016)

Match One CAMBORNE 2nds  v  TRURO 2nds

Match Two PENRYN 2nds v BODMIN 2nds

Match Three BUDE 2nds v SALTASH 2nds

Match Four FALMOUTH 2nds v ST IVES 2nds

First Round Byes: REDRUTH 2nds, WADEBRIDGE CAMELS 2nds, ST AUSTELL 2nds & LAUNCESTON 2nds.

Draw for the SECOND ROUND to be made on SUNDAY 25th September ,with matches to be played 5th November 2016.

Losing teams from FIRST and SECOND ROUNDS to play in the Plate Competition, the FIRST ROUND of which will be played on 7th January 2017.

Semi Finals of Cup and Plate to be played on 4th February 2017.

Finals of Cup and Plate to be played over the Easter weekend – 15th 16th 17th April 2017.

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Pre-season fixtures Cornish clubs 2016-17

Pre-season games involving Cornish clubs during August

Advise to check with clubs re kick-off times.

Sat 13th August

Aberavon Wizards v Cornish Pirates

Teignmouth v Wadebridge Camels

Sun 14th August

Plymouth Albion v Camborne

Fri 19th August

Launceston v Taunton Titans

Sat 20th August

Camborne v St. Ives/ Truro XV

Northampton Saints v Cornish Pirates

Penryn v St. Austell

Swansea v Redruth

Sat 27th August

Camborne v Peterborough Lions

Launceston v Bideford

Redruth v Plymouth Albion

Wadebridge Camels v Penryn

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Cornwall no longer masters of own destiny


Photo: Cornwall celebrate their latest Cup win at Twickenham

Many of us have questioned the wisdom of those who occupy the ivory towers of the RFU at Twickenham over the years, often with good reason, so it will come as no surprise that those concerns are raised again as the ‘draw’ for next season’s Bill Beaumont Cup is released.

There were inklings at the end of the last campaign that changes were afoot!

Despite finish bottom of the pool, many of the Surrey lads believed they would not be relegated as changes were due. Devon too felt they would be involved in the top-tier despite missing out in their Division 2 battle with Kent.

Both camps were correct in their assumptions.

The Bill Beaumont Cup will see twelve sides challenging for the cup. This is a welcome step to see more counties involved. They will be split six each into North and South. However, rather than increase the number of games, the RFU have come up with a cunning plan! Let’s replicate the LV Cup, draw the sides into groups of three and then play their counterparts in either the North or the South, with the side with the best overall results from each geographical area advancing to the final.

Relegation will be decided over two seasons so that each county plays the same number of games at home and away.

As you can see from below Cornwall are drawn in a group with Gloucestershire and Kent but will play each of the counties drawn in the other southern group namely Surrey, Devon and Hertfordshire. It is feasible that a county having won all their games could be pipped by another county who win all their games with a better record without having a chance to play that county!


For Cornwall, seeking a third consecutive title, the road is not an easy one. They start with two away trips at Surrey on May 6 and then in Devon on May 13 before hosting Hertfordshire on May 20. The final will be on the 28th May at Twickenham.

The new format also causes disruption in the North with both Lancashire and Yorkshire drawn in the same pool, so no “Roses Match” in next season’s competition.

Cheshire, last season’s finalists, will have to face both the Roses counties plus East Midlands, with crucially two games at home and a trip to Yorkshire to overcome.

There must also be doubt about Cornwall’s traditional warm up game as it would seem unlikely that Cornwall would wish to play Devon prior to the Championship.

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Cornwall Under 20s draw for 2016-17


Photo: Tommy Phillips, TASC 2015 Under 20 Player of the Year, with CRFU Chairman Denis Preece

Cornwall Under 20s will begin their campaign with two home games against Berkshire and Gloucestershire before an away trip against Hampshire in their pool games for this season’s Under 20 County Championship.

Hampshire have replaced Devon, who were relegated to the Shield competition at the end of last season’s pool games.

Sunday Feb 4 CORNWALL V BERKSHIRE (HOME) venue TBC

Sunday Feb 25 CORNWALL V GLOUCESTERSHIRE (HOME) venue TBC

Sunday Mar 18 Hampshire v Cornwall (Away) venue TBC

If Cornwall finish in the top two places and qualify for the quarter-finals, that will be played on Sunday 1 April 2017. A first place in their pool will guarantee a home tie, finish runner-up and they will face a trip to a side in the other Southern pool from Essex, Surrey, Hertfordshire or Kent.

The semi-finals are scheduled for Sunday 15 April, with the Final at Twickenham on Sunday 6 May.

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