Cornwall Under 20’s have 12 in SW trials

12 Cornwall U20’s in Southwest trials

During the pool stages of the Jason Leonard U20 competition coaches from both sides select and agree a “team of the day” which is also reviewed by the SW selectors if in attendance, or by watching the match footage.

Following the completion of the pool stages the SW selectors have announced a squad to be invited to the trials held on Sunday 10 April at Keynsham RFC.

Cornwall RFU are delighted to announce the following 12 players have been selected.

Ethan Pearce-Cowley – Cinderford

Declan Prowse – Camborne

Pat Walton – Penryn

Toby Osborne – Pirates Ams        

Jack King – Camborne

Archie Pilcher – Pirates Ams

Dillon Newton – Wadebridge Camels

Matt Pritchard – Falmouth

Joss Pascoe – Truro

Harry Andrewartha – Redruth

Harry Larkins – Camborne

Lewis Bostock – Truro

Congratulations to all players on their well-deserved selection.

If you want to see these players in action, don’t forget Cornwall V Hertfordshire in the quarterfinal of the Jason Leonard Cup on Sunday 20 March at Camborne RFC with a 1400 kick off time.

Colin Hatch – U20 Team Manager

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Bill Beaumont Cup Update – Surrey match cancelled

From the CRFU

We have received a communication from the County Championship Organising Committee informing Counties of a change to this season’s Bill Beaumont Cup fixtures.

Due to an administrative error, Eastern Counties were originally placed in Division 1 South, when they wished to be in Division 2 South. They have been accommodated, the CCOC have therefore decided that as there are only 5 counties left in Division 1 South, that CB budgets are limited and stretched, that each county will play only two group fixtures, 1 home and 1 away.

Therefore, Cornwall’s opening fixture against Surrey due to have been played on Saturday May 7th has been CANCELLED.

Cornwall’s remaining fixtures are now;

Saturday 14th May Cornwall v Hampshire @ Redruth RFC 3 pm

Saturday 21st May Hertfordshire v Cornwall (Venue, kick-off tbc)

The other sides in the South Section are Kent and Surrey.

The team with the best overall record after two games will progress to the final.

The CCOC, stress that these arrangements are for this season only.

Bill Hooper

Assistant Hon. Secretary Cornwall RFU

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Benji Memorial Walk

A few words from Up The Borough

We’re raising £10,000 to help underprivileged young people in the Falmouth and Penryn area to access life changing opportunities.
Dave ‘Benji’ Thomas was a terrific influence on many people’s life and his lasting legacy will be to keep on helping others. Fifty brave souls will attempt the Benji Memorial Walk on 30th April 2022, a thirty five mile challenge from Lizard Point to Pendennis Point – not for the faint hearted!!
Monies raised will go directly to helping disadvantaged young people in the Falmouth and Penryn area to access life changing opportunities. A cause very close to Benji’s heart and in the weeks before his sad passing a repeated determination that some action be taken.
Benji’s expertise and ability to “drench” you with enthusiasm will have touched thousands and they in turn will have modelled to many others . The Benji Memorial Walk typifies such legacy and so it goes on….

Go Funding Page

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Jason Leonard Cup Quarter-final 20th March

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Dave “Benji” Thomas – R.I.P.

Very sad news this morning, “Benji” Thomas who coached Cornwall to the 1991 ADT County Championship in 1991 passed away at his home in Penryn this morning following a short illness.

“Benji” often referred to Trelawny’s Army as Cornwall’s 16th man

We offer our sincerest condolences to Valerie and his daughter Helen at this sad time.

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Cornwall storm into last eight

JASON LEONARD CUP

Dorset & Wilts U.20, 7 – 64 Cornwall U.20

By Bill Hooper, Photos Simon Bryant

Cornwall took on Dorset & Wilts in their second pool game at Dorchester RFC looking to confirm a place in this season’s quarter-finals.

The Black and Golds made a couple of changes to the side that started against Devon with Harry Andrewartha (Redruth) coming in for the injured Charlie Levick at centre, whilst in the back row Jack King (Camborne) replaced Eli Williams.

Lewis Bostock scores Cornwall Under 20 opening try @Iktisphoto

On the bench Matt Pritchard (Falmouth), Dillon Newton (Wadebridge Camels) and Adam Hall (Redruth) all came in.

Any nerves that the Cornish lads may have had were quickly dispelled as they took the game by the scruff-of-the-neck from the off building a 45-0 lead by half-time.

Truro wing Lewis Bostock got the try feast going as he bagged the first of his brace, with fly-half Joe McCarthy, Camborne School of Mines kicking the first of his five conversions. McCarthy was on the money soon after with a successful penalty.

Declan Prowse scores @Iktisphoto

The forwards then got amongst the try-scoring with the Camborne pair Tyler Dower and Declan Prowse crossing whilst Pirates Amateurs No.8 Archie Pilcher scored his second try in two games.

The backs got back into the scoring with vice-captain Joss Pascoe scoring with his centre partner Redruth’s Harry Andrewartha also dotting down just before half-time.

Joss Pascoe celebrates his try @Iktisphoto

In the second half Cornwall looked to the bench to give all the lads a run. Skipper Ethan Pearce-Cowley completed the front-row try scoring, whilst McCarthy bagged a try to give him an eighteen point haul for the game. Hall added the extras as he did for the final try scored by Pritchard, in between Bostock got his second.   

Dorset & Wilts did cross for a converted try near the end but it was no more than a consolation.

Coach Richie Kevern was delighted with the win. “We couldn’t of asked more from the lads today, they played their hearts out and got their reward of a home tie in the last eight. We will be back training next weekend preparing for that game.”

The win confirms Cornwall as group winners and they can now look forward to a home quarter-final against either Hertfordshire or Kent on Sunday March 20th

Cornwall U.20: Larkins, Bostock, Andrewartha, Pascoe, Surridge, McCarthy, Anderson; Pearce-Cowley (Capt), Dower, Prowse, Walton, Osborne, King, Trewin, Pilcher.

Replacements: Pritchard, Leigh, Newton, Triggs, Hall, Tanswell, Davies

Cornwall scores: Tries, Bostock 2, Dower, Prowse, Pilcher, Pascoe, Andrewartha, Pearce-Cowley, McCarthy, Pritchard, Cons: McCarthy 5, Hall 2, Pen, McCarthy

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Cornwall Under 20s target Dorset & Wilts

Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2022 continues with their second and final pool game to be played on Sunday 6 February. Cornwall travel to Dorchester RFC where they will take on Dorset and Wilts with a 13:00 kick off.

CRFU President John Sumnall said “Following a fantastic fightback from these young guys v Devon two weeks ago they are now on the road to play Dorset + Wilts. In their first game they certainly displayed plenty of grit and passion to come back and record a bonus point win. A big thanks to everyone who came to Camborne to support the team last week, our sponsors, and to all involved in the planning to ensure the U20’s are as prepared as they can be for their next game.”

This is Cornwall’s second and last pool game in the competition, whilst Devon play Dorset and Wilts at home on Sunday February 28th.

Coach Rich Kevern said – “Cornwall guys will have learnt a lot from the game v Devon, it was tough, and hard fought throughout the game. The guys displayed true fighting spirit and will need to show that again on Sunday against an unknown Dorset and Wilts team who have won promotion into this division of the Jason Leonard Cup”

Cornwall owe a big debt to the people behind the scenes, the medical team, kit man Paul Hurrell, along with match video David Burrows, photographer Simon Bryant and multimedia Kevin Bishop along with the support of the CRFU management board.

Cornwall Captain Ethan Pearce-Cowley said, – “It was certainly a very big tester for us last weekend against Devon. With the score so close I must give credit to all the lads to eventually come out on top through all their tough work. This was the first opportunity we had to play a competitive game in this competition and the coaches had warned us of the pressure we would experience. The selection of this second team will again mean some guys will be disappointed not to be in the mix, but as already said, nobody’s shirt is fixed. For those who will run out with me on the 6th, we have a big task ahead of us, I’m confident in our ability but we need to perform from the off. There’s a good atmosphere off the back of our win over Devon and we’re up for this next match too”

Depending on this result, and the game on the 28th of February Devon v Dorset + Wilts will determine the quarter-finals placings.

 The CRFU Hon Sec Terry Williams said, -” The last game saw 18 ties awarded to players who played their first senior game in the black and gold shirt. It is also difficult when a number of these players are involved with their own clubs on a Saturday and then turn out for training or games for us on a Sunday. We are fortunate that players have the will and desire to be involved and turn up and put themselves in the mix for selection.”

There will be marketing and sponsorship opportunities with the Under 20’s team and matches, any individuals or companies that may be interested are asked to contact Colin Hatch in the first instance. 

Email – hatch0348@btinternet.com

Mob – 07967725368

Bill Hooper

Cornwall RFU Assistant Hon Sec


                             Cornwall U20 v Dorset & Wilts U20

Sunday 6 February @ Dorchester RFC 13:00 kick off

Cornwall Squad 

1Ethan Pearce-Cowley (Captain)Cinderford
2Tyler DowerCamborne
3Declan ProwseCamborne
4Pat WaltonPenryn
5Toby OsbornePirates Ams
6Jack KingCamborne
7Freddie TrewinHelston
8Archie PilcherPirates Ams
9Josh AndersonTruro
10Joe McCarthyCamborne School of Mines
11Lachlan SurridgeCamborne
12Joss Pascoe ( V Captain)Truro
13Harry AndrewarthaRedruth
14Lewis BostockTruro
15Harry LarkinsCamborne
16Matt PritchardFalmouth
17Cameron LeighRedruth
18Dillon NewtonWadebridge Camels
19Connor TriggsTruro
20Adam HallRedruth
21Joe TanswellPenryn
22Jack DavisRoyal Navy + Camborne
 Travelling reserves
23Max CardwellPirates Ams
24Eli WilliamsPirates Ams
25Oliver MinnisSt Austell
26George HutchinsonSt Austell
   
   

Coaches – Rich Kevern, Tyler Gendall, Adam Kevern, Brad Howe

Team Manager Colin Hatch, Assistant Terry Williams

Medical cover – Nev Curnow + Graham Ashton

Kit – Paul Hurrell, Photographer Simon Bryant, Match Day filming David Burrows, Multimedia – Kevin Bishop

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Cornwall power to second half comeback

JASON LEONARD CUP

CORNWALL U.20’s 25 – 24 DEVON U.20’s

By Bill Hooper, at the Recreation Ground, Camborne

Three tries during the second half saw Cornwall Under 20’s overturn an 8-17 half-time deficit and become the inaugural holders of the Brunel Cup, a trophy that they  and Devon Under 20’s  will compete for on an annual basis.

Cornwall began the game well and were quickly into their stride with the forwards making some big carries, whilst outside the backs looked sharp, notably full-back Harry Larkins.

Sadly, Cornwall had to re-shuffle the backline when centre Charlie Levick went off with a muscle pull after just 6 minutes.

It got worse when Devon wing Cameron Grizzle-Johnson sliced through the Cornish defence before linking with his full-back Fred Smale who romped in for the opening try, converted by fly-half Bradley McKee.

Helston’s Freddie Trewin at flanker was a constant thorn in Devon’s side, a huge workrate.

Declan Prowse (Camborne) of Cornwall U20s faces down Matthew Hicks (Exmouth) of Devon U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Cornwall got on the scoreboard with a penalty struck by School of Mines fly-half Joe McCarthy, but Devon soon extended their lead when a bouncing ball bamboozled the Cornish defence allowing Devon centre Sam Plumer to snap up the ball and score his side’s second try, McKee was once more on the money with the extras.

Cornwall needed a swift response, it came as the forwards drove, notably locks Toby Osborne, Pat Walton and prop Declan Prowse before McCarthy put in a cross-field kick that Camborne wing Lachlan Surridge gleefully accepted to dive in at the corner for an unconverted try.

Joe McCarthy (Camborne School of Mines) of Cornwall U20s chips the ball past Bradley McKee (Brixham) of Devon U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

A Mckee penalty before half-time gave Devon their half-time advantage, but Cornwall would have the slope and the wind second half.

The forwards would prove key during the second half as Cornwall kept it tighter, a powerful maul just four minutes in saw Pirates Amateurs No.8 Alfie Pilcher stretch and score. Moments later another powerful maul saw Cornwall head for the Devon line this time hooker Camborne’s Tyler Dower dotted down and astonishingly Cornwall now led!

Cornwall pressed for the bonus point try deep in the Devon twenty-two, suddenly the ball was intercepted by the menacing Grizzle-Johnson, there was no stopping the flyer as he sped to the Cornish line, McKee’s conversion put Devon 6 points up, all to do again!

Pat Walton (Penryn) of Cornwall U20s tackled to ground. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

There was still time for a final twist, Cornwall roared back, McCarthy’s deft kick through bounced up kindly for the on-rushing replacement Camborne’s Jack Davis, who gathered to dot down.

McCarthy picked the right moment to land his first conversion of the match to regain the lead for Cornwall to huge roars from the crowd to huge cheers from the West Bank.

Lachlan Surridge (Camborne) of Cornwall U20s dives over for a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Devon threw the proverbial kitchen sink at Cornwall during the dying minutes, but Cornwall’s defence would not yield, Devon attempted a drop-goal that fell short, gathered by Larkins he set off on a memorable run up-field that ran down the clock and the relief of the  referee’s final whistle.

In two week’s time Cornwall travel to Dorchester to take on Dorset & Wilts in their final group game.

Cornwall U.20: Larkins (Camborne), Bostock (Truro), Levick (Penryn), Pascoe (Truro), Surridge (Camborne), McCarthy (CSOM), Anderson (Truro); Pearce-Cowley (Cinderford)(Capt), Dower, Prowse (both Camborne), Walton (Penryn), Osborne, Williams (both Pirates Ams), Trewin (Helston), Pilcher (Pirates Ams).

Replacements: Leigh (Camborne), Cardwell (Pirates Ams), Minnis (St.Austell), Triggs (Truro), King (Redruth), Tanswell (Penryn), Davis (Camborne & R.N.)

Referee: Donald Swart (Dorset&Wilts)     

Match balls supplied by Trelawny’s Army

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Cornwall looking for good start against Devon at Camborne

Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship campaign 2022 gets underway with their first fixture in the Jason Leonard Cup. The team host neighbours Devon for their first pool game of the competition. The game will be played at Camborne RFC with a 1400 kick off time.

CRFU President John Sumnall said “It is great to get this year’s campaign off with a local tie against our neighbours Devon. We thank all our sponsors for their support and assistance with this group of players in this important game representing Cornwall. It is fantastic to see so many different clubs represented, and we thank them for their support to enable these fixtures to be played.”

Cornwall have named Ethan Pearce-Cowley (Cinderford) as the captain for the season, Ethan came through the ranks at St. Austell RFC and was capped by England Counties U.18’s  alongside him is Truro RFC’s Joss Pascoe who is the vice-captain.

Coach Rich Kevern said – “This will be a good test for this new set of young players. Having missed all last season with covid this is virtually a start from scratch team and a big step up for them all.  Although we have had only one warm up game, we are in a different ball game now that the Championship is underway. 2 years ago, we were beaten by Devon at Ivybridge, and we know the guys in green and white will be up for a tough game again this season.”

Cornwall has maintained the same coaching set again with Tyler Gendall, Brad Howe coaching the forwards and Adam Kevern and Richie Kevern coaching the backs.

Ethan Pearce-Cowley (Cinderford) of Cornwall U20s. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo

Cornwall Captain Ethan Pearce-Cowley said, – “It is an honour to be asked to captain the side for this season. I know the guys are up for a tough campaign as always and have trained well in preparation for this game. This is my first and only season with the 20’s and I know that it is a tough competition, and we will have to perform at our best in every game. We have had great numbers at training, and I know some guys will be disappointed not to be in the team, but this is a squad for the season so keep pushing us for those places.”

Cornwall ‘s second pool game will be away to Dorset & Wilts at Dorchester RFC on Sunday February 6. As Gloucestershire have not entered this year’s competition, we only have the 2 pool games and so results are important if we want to progress.

The CRFU Hon Sec Terry Williams said, -” The vagaries of U20 rugby mean we can lose up to 50% of our squad every year through age qualification. This year due to Covid we have lost 2 years’ worth of experience and knowledge. So, we start to build again with a mixture of players transitioning from the U18’s, new players identified and nominated from clubs around the county. There are a number of these guys who will be around for the next 2 seasons and we are always on the lookout at new talent who can come into the squad and join them over the coming seasons.”

There will be marketing and sponsorship opportunities with the Under 20’s team and matches, any individuals or companies that may be interested are asked to contact Colin Hatch in the first instance. 

Email – hatch0348@btinternet.com

Mob – 07967725368

Entry on the day will be by programme costing £5 on the gate with Under 16’s entering free.

Cornwall Squad 

1Ethan Pearce-Cowley (Captain)Cinderford
2Tyler DowerCamborne
3Declan ProwseCamborne
4Pat WaltonPenryn
5Toby OsbornePirates Ams
6Eli WilliamsPirates Ams
7Freddie TrewinHelston
8Archie PilcherPirates Ams
9Josh AndersonTruro
10Joe McCarthyCamborne School of Mines
11Lachlan SurridgeCamborne
12Joss Pascoe ( Vice Captain)Truro
13Charlie LevickPenryn
14Lewis BostockTruro
15Harry LarkinsCamborne
16Cameron LeighRedruth
17Max CardwellPirates Ams
18Oliver MinnisSt Austell
19Connor TriggsTruro
20Jack KingRedruth
21Joe TanswellPenryn
22Jack DavisR.N. + Camborne
 Travelling reserves
23Matt TrehairSt Austell
24Lewis WoolawaySaltash
25Adam HallRedruth
26George HutchinsonSt Austell
   
   

Coaches – Rich Kevern, Tyler Gendall, Adam Kevern, Brad Howe

Team Manager Colin Hatch, Assistant Terry Williams

Medical cover – Dr John Garman, Sam West + Graham Ashton

Kit – Paul Hurrell, Photographer Simon Bryant, Match Day filming David Burrows, Multimedia – Kevin Bishop

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Gill Burns Cup Division 3 Fixtures 2022

Gill Burns Cup Division 3 Fixtures 2022

Fixtures now confirmed to be played on a Sunday.

Sunday May 8th, CORNWALL WOMEN v DORSET & WILTS WOMEN (Venue tba)

Sunday May 15th, MIDDLESEX WOMEN v CORNWALL WOMEN (Venue tba)

Sunday May 22nd, CORNWALL WOMEN v SOMERSET WOMEN (Venue tba)

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