Cornwall u16s impress in festival of rugby at Redruth.

Report by Chris Lea, photos Simon Barbary

Three u16 squads selected from clubs and schools across the county took their chance to shine against their Devon counterparts on Sunday 5th December at Redruth Rugby Club. 78 boys were able to show their developing skills led by coaches Rich Phillips, Phil Olds and Marlen Walker. For the record Cornwall won two of the games but overall, this was a great festival day for youth players.

Many players, who train at the central venue, stood out showing good individual handling and passing skills as well as taking the ball forward at speed. Defensive work also stood out, but it was the teamwork and combinations of players that was most impressive. Despite ‘losing’ a year of rugby this age group demonstrated that the game at youth level is looking good.

The gathered supporters, families and friends, made the occasion more memorable for the young players as they roared on the players to go forward and generously applauded good play by both Devon and Cornwall players.

CRFU Management Board members were in attendance at the day of rugby. Youth Chairman, Tony Knightsbridge, was visibly enthused by the occasion that showcased what is good about Youth Rugby in the County. RugbySafe representative for Cornwall, Bob Hubble, was able to witness that the level of care for the young players was excellent with qualified pitch side staff and high standards of safety in place. President John Sumnall was delighted with the way that Cornish boys were able to wear the black and gold and represent their County.

CRFU Chairman, Dave Saunter, was very grateful that Redruth RFC hosted the event. The Redruth RFC website have a photo gallery for viewing. It is impressive! Saunts also wishes to thank the CRRS refs who allowed the boys to play keenly contested games ensuring a good attitude from all involved.

The intention is to provide more events like this for U15 and U16 players and dates are being planned for the New Year fitting in with club and RFU calendars. Young players who have not yet signed up to the rugby development ‘satellites’ can still register using the CRFU website.

Chris Lea

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Cornwall Under 20s Warm Up Game

First trial game is taking place this Wednesday, 8th December, evening against a Redruth Invitational XV at Hayle RFC kick-off 7:30 pm.

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Cornwall Clubs XV Fixture

Cornwall Clubs XV will play a friendly fixture against Perranpoth RFC on Wednesday 15th December to celebrate their new floodlights.

Weds 15th Dec, PERRANPORTH v CORNWALL CLUBS XV kick-off tba

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Cornwall Under 20s team building day

Over 50 players assembled at Truro RFC last Sunday as the Cornwall Under 20 squad launched their preparations for this season’s Jason Leonard Cup campaign that will commence in January.

Everyone was welcomed by CRFU Chairman Dave Saunter.

Once again Tyler Gendall and Richie Kevern head up the coaching staff with Adam Kevern assisting.

Cornwall U20s Team Building meeting. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Part of the day was given to the President’s Challenge, team manager Colin Hatch takes up the story. “

Cornwall U20 squad taking part in the RFU Presidents run around the field. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

As part of the 150 anniversary of the RFU, both the RFU President and our own President John Sumnall challenged individuals and teams to raise money for the Injured Players Foundation with the theme of “150”.

He added. “50+ players attended and each completed 3 laps of the Truro pitch making a total of 150 laps completed. All of the players and the back room staff were also required to donate 100 pennies this was then enhanced so that for every 100 pennies a further 50 pennies was donated making a total of 150 form everybody attending. The total raised was £100 pounds for the injured players foundation which is an excellent commitment from these young players.

“Thanks to one and all for participating”.

The squad will now meet up on a regular basis with a couple of warm up games programmed ahead of the championship.

Training on the field. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Fixtures 2022: Jason Leonard Cup Championship

  • Sunday 23rd January CORNWALL U.20 v DEVON U.20 (HOME) VENUE TBA
  • Sunday 6th February DORSET & WILTS U.20 v CORNWALL (AWAY) VENUE TBA
  • 20th March Q/final
  • 17th April S/final
  • 1st May Final
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Carole Mann R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the passing of Trelawny’s Army member Carole Mann.

Carole was our treasurer for many years and served on our committee.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carole’s family and friends and this time.

Funeral details are as follows;

Thursday 4th November at Redruth Roman Catholic Church,13 Penventon Terrace, Redruth TR15 3AD at 10:30 am.

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Ben Plummer (St Austell RFC) Awarded his U20 Cornwall Cap

Ben Plummer who plays his rugby at St Austell RFC was presented with his U20’s Cornwall cap at his home club on Saturday 9th October.

Ben earned his Cornwall tie on his first appearance for the U20’s back in February 2019 against Devon and was a regular squad member until the last game before Covid 19 struck in the away victory against Gloucestershire in March 2020. Had it not been for the pandemic Ben would have potentially made several further appearances and had his cap presented at one of the games in front of his teammates!

CRFU President John Sumnall, Frazer Nottle, Cam Taylor, Ben Plummer, Colin Hatch, Max Bullen

The presentation took place on the pitch before their home match against Old Patesians It was pleasing to see not only the players who played with Ben on the last occasion for Cornwall in the photograph, but they, and many other ex U20’s in the St Austell side on the day which is a testimony to club’s youth policy and player development. The CRFU President John Sumnall congratulated Ben on his achievement and wished him well in his future rugby career.

Congratulations to Ben on this well-deserved presentation.

Colin Hatch

Cornwall U20 Team Manager

Steve Murley – DOR St. Austell RFC added. “We believe it is a valuable and important of our players on-going development to represent Cornwall whenever selected.

They enjoy being challenged and tested in competitive environments against the best in their age group,  both within the county and in national championships.  In addition it takes players away from their home clubs and out of their comfort zone where they have to learn to adapt to new coaching styles and playing strategies. That helps make them more adaptable and flexible in their thinking.

All of this helps to develop players who not only see the standards they have to achieve to  progress their rugby careers but also helps them to become problem solvers and to think on their feet when confronted by situations on the field.

We can see many positives in our players representing Cornwall and believe it complements the coaching they receive within our club. All at St Austell appreciate  the help and support that we get from the CRFU and the respective age group coaches and support staff “

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Date announced for Crawshay’s Game

The CRFU last night announced the date and venue for their Representative match against Crawshay’s Welsh XV

The match will be played on Saturday 30th April 2022 at CAMBORNE RFC, kick-off time to be advised.

Please put this in your diary.

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T.A.S.C. A.G.M. Report 2021

We held our A.G.M. at the St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, President Sean Jarvis presiding.

With the club only just emerging from the covid lockdown, there was little in way of reports from the various posts on the committee, and regrettably no player presentations to be made.

Treasurer Viv Broadhurst reported that the club finances were in good order.

We were delighted to welcome our new Merchandise Secretary Jackie Thomas to her first meeting.

Both David Saunter, Chairman and Alan Milliner, Rep to the RFU Council represented the CRFU.

Alan gave us an update on where we were regarding the County Championship task group, the recommendations will go before council next month, fingers crossed!

David, came along to thank TASC for funding the rugby shirts for Bodmin College, one of which he brought along to show us with Trelawny’s Army on the front, looking very smart on the black and blue shirt.

David also mentioned that a donation would be made from the CRFU to TASC following the disposal of redundant kit.

This year’s A.G.M. was also the moment when two of the original committee from 1993 stood down, John and Margery Rowe, who have both given the club sterling service over 28 years. Our President made a presentation of Cornish goodies to them both and thanked them for all their work.

John hasn’t totally finished as he will still be organising our annual dinner in February.

Club member Lesley Wellington made a generous donation to the club on the night for which we are most grateful.

Following the singing of Trelawny a pasty supper was enjoyed by “One & All.”

Pictures credit: Barbara Hocking & Phil Trevarton

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James Murray gets his county cap

James Murray who plays his rugby at Redruth RFC was presented with his U20’s Cornwall cap recently at his home club.

James earned his tie on his first appearance for the U20’s back in February 2019 and was a regular squad member until the last game before Covid 19 struck in the away victory against Gloucestershire in March 2020.  Had it not been for the pandemic he would have potentially made several further appearances and had his cap presented at one of the games in front of his teammates!

James is currently studying at Cardiff Met University. The CRFU President John Sumnall congratulated James on his achievement and wished him well in his future rugby career.

Congratulation to James on this well-deserved presentation.

Colin Hatch

CornwallU20 Team Manager

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5th Sept Cut-Off for Nominations from clubs for Cornwall Under 20 squad for this season

Clubs and players have until next Sunday, 5th September, to get their names in for this season’s Under 20s selection.

Any eligible player who wants to have a go for the Cornwall Under 20 squad this season needs to get his club coach to nominate them using the form available from the CRFU website. Nominations need to be with Colin Hatch by 5th September.

Check out the link for the information

Any queries contact Colin Hatch (Team Secretary) email:

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