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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Deborah Fleming

The Ladies GB 7’s team competed well during the Olympic Games tournament but sadly just missed out on a bronze medal losing to Fiji.

Part of the squad in Tokyo was Deborah Fleming , who was born in Gulval.

We congratulate Deborah on her participation in the games.

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Sam Matavesi

Massive congratulations to Sam on his tremendous performances for Fiji in the two test series against New Zealand.

What a sight to see the Camborne’s Cornish-Fijian powering down the touchline in the build up to a Fijian try during the 1st test.

No doubt we shall see Sam involved again come the Autumn test schdule.

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Cornishman picked for Lions Test

Trelawny’s Army wishes Luke Cowan Dickie the very best of luck when he runs out for the British & Irish Lions Test side against South Africa in the 1st test on Saturday.

Chons da Luke.

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Pirates round off season with narrow loss

Jersey Reds 32   Cornish Pirates 31

In what was their final game in this season’s truncated Greene King IPA Championship, the Cornish Pirates fell just short of achieving a victory at the Jersey team’s Stade Santander International ground, reports Phil Westren

In the try stakes the Pirates outscored their opponents by five tries to four, but it was not enough, although they at least ended the match with two bonus points.

For their fleeting visit, flying in and out of the island on the day, team changes for the Cornish Pirates included welcoming back AJ Cant from injury. He slotted in at full-back with Tommy Wyatt moving to the wing. In the pack there were returns for loose-head prop Marlen Walker and for hooker Dan Frost ahead of him joining Wasps in the summer. Also, on the tight-head berth, former Namibian under 20s international Patrick Schickerling was set to make his debut.

As the Pirates ran out at Stade Santander International the sound of supporter applause was a welcome one. Missed because of Covid by the Pirates at home this season, it was the third occasion that the Reds had welcomed spectators since regulations on the island permitted.

In a match that in the first quarter gave no indication of a points flow that would ultimately follow, matters were also a little heated at times, at least providing proof that this was no flimsy end of season affair.

The Pirates had launched a first meaningful attack when it was ever busy hooker Dan Frost who linked with wing Maliq Holden and centre Will Butler. Play was taken to the right corner, and hopes were high of a score, but following a line-out six metres out scrum-half Jean-Baptist Bruzulier appeared to have been unluckily adjudged that the ball was nudged forward.

When the first points were registered, they went the way of the Reds. Referee Mr Richards had felt obliged to have a quiet word with Pirates’ lock Josh Caulfield following a contretemps, and after Jersey gained territory from a penalty award, from a second penalty offer it was the Championship’s top scorer, fly-half Brendan Cope, who started the scoreboard ticking.

Home supporters watching this affair were delighted, and even more so when just a couple of minutes later wing Tom Williams won a high ball challenge for him to then sprint in from halfway for a try scored to the left of the posts. Cope added the extras to make it 10-nil.

For the Pirates they now had a challenge on their hands, and one that demanded a response. Credit to them, therefore, that following a catch and drive it was debutant Schickerling who showed raw power to force his way over the line. Attempting the conversion from wide on the right, fly-half Arwel Robson’s effort drifted just wide.

Flanker Antonio Kiri Kiri soon twice showed the athletic pace that he offers as a backrower but, after the Pirates were next penalised again, from a resulting catch and drive hooker Eoghan Clarke scored a converted try to make it 17-5 to Jersey.

Approaching half time, the scoreline was one few might have expected, however the Pirates thankfully reacted once again, as Robson put centre Will Butler into space who timed his pass to enable the supporting Cant to run in an unconverted try.

Arriving at halftime with the score reading 17-10 looked much better, and although the performance thus far had been a little disjointed at times, that the Pirates had come back into the game surely boded well for an interesting second period.

The opening period of the second forty was evenly contested, however after the Pirates lost skipper Tom Duncan to the sin bin, the Reds extended their lead with a converted try scored by full-back Scott Van Breda.

Against a Jersey side that in general has gone from strength to strength in their decade competing in the Championship, it was time for the Pirates to respond once more, and they did, as some fine interplay ended with Frost scoring a try that was converted by Robson.

With play now entering the last quarter, a 61st minute Cope penalty opened a 10 points gap, with it on the balance of play looking that the Reds would be winners. There was still time for Pirates, but too often there was frustration that opportunities created had broken down, and after the Reds scored their bonus point providing fourth try through replacement hooker Jack Macfarlane it was surely all but game over.

Well, that was not a script to be followed by the never-say-die Pirates, who deserved enormous credit in time remaining to provide a real grandstand finish. They were not able to sneak a victory but late tries scored by replacements Shae Tucker and Rhodri Davies, both converted by replacement fly-half Will Cargill, got them within a whisker of their hosts. A win was naturally sought, however in the context of this match to secure not just a four-try bonus point but also one for losing by less than seven points, was rightly some consolation.

After the game, and at the end of a season like no other, Cornish Pirates’ joint head coach Gavin Cattle commented:

“We pride ourselves in never giving up and we saw that at the end, but at the same there were some aspects of our play that disappointed.

“In the set piece, and especially come maul time, Jersey had the upper hand, as we appeared at times to lack our usual energy.

“To finish fourth is for us a little frustrating because we wanted and aimed for a top three finish, but with a small squad anyway injuries unfortunately went against us.”

Jersey Reds:   15 Scott Van Breda, 14 Tom Williams, 13 Jack Roberts (23 Bader Pretorius, 75), 12 Dan Barnes, 11 Brendan Owen, 10 Brendan Cope, 9 Max Green (James Elliott 42); 1 Dan Richardson (17 Ollie Dawe, 72), 2 Eoghan Clarke (16 Jack Macfarlane, 55), 3 Ciaran Parker (18 Jack Higgins, 72), 4 Zak Farrance (19 James Scott, 60), 5 Sean O’Connor (20 Matti Williams, 72), 6 Macauley Cook, 7 Lewis Wynne (captain; 22 Josh Bainbridge, 62), 8 Max Argyle.

Cornish Pirates:   15 AJ Cant (23 Shae Tucker, 68), 14 Maliq Holden, 13 Rory Parata, 12 Will Butler, 11 Tommy Wyatt, 10 Arwel Robson (22 Will Cargill, 74), 9 Jean-Baptist Bruzulier (21 Rhodri Davies, 51); 1 Marlen Walker (17 Jack Andrew, 63), 2 Dan Frost (16 Tom Channon, 74), 3 Patrick Schickerling (18 Sam Rodman, 63), 4 Josh Caulfield (Fa’atiga Lemalu, 50), 5 Danny Cutmore, 6 Matt Bolwell, 7 Antonio Kiri Kiri, 8 Tom Duncan (captain; John Stevens, 64).

Yellow card:   8 Tom Duncan (54).


Jersey Reds – tries:  14 Tom Williams (22), 16 Eoghan Clarke (34), 15 Scott Van Breda, (55), 16 Jack Macfarlane, (73); cons: 10 Brendan Cope (22, 34, 55); pens: 10 Brendan Cope (21, 61).

Cornish Pirates – tries: 3 Patrick Schickerling (26), 15 AJ Cant (38), 2 Dan Frost (58), 23 Shae Tucker (77), 21 Rhodri Davies (79); cons: 10 Arwel Robson (58), 22 Will Cargill (77, 79).

Referee:   Dean Richards

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