Photo Jamal Ford-Robinson & Ben Hilton two Cornish players who have played in recent years for England Counties
Two Cornish players have been selected for this season’s spring Internationals against Scottish Clubs XV at Netherdale, Gala on Friday 26th February and against France Fédérale at Blackheath on Friday 11th March.
Redruth’s Tom Cowan-Dickie and Plymouth Albion’s Christian Judge are the two front row players selected.
Judge was one of the cornerstones of the Cornwall scrum during last season’s Bill Beaumont Cup success whilst at the Cornish All Blacks. This season he has progressed at Plymouth Albion under the wing of Graham Dawe.
Cowan-Dickie has the versatility to play in any position in the front row.
Photo- Colin Higgs – Tom Cowan-Dickie in action for the Reds
Previously with Albion, he has been one of the revelations at Redruth this season and fully merits his selection.
Cowan-Dickie is just the latest of a long line Of Redruth players who have been selected for the Counties side since Lewis Vinnicombe played against France Amateurs in Beaune in 2006.
The squad is made up mostly of players who ply their trade in National League 1with a smattering of players from National League 2.
“Having been involved with England Counties as a player, I’m absolutely thrilled to now become part of the coaching set up,” says Simon Legg assistant team manager.
“Everyone aspires to play for their country and England Counties offers a unique opportunity for players to do so. I’m looking forward to helping prepare the team for what promises to be a highly competitive set of fixtures.”
England Counties 2016 squad
Ollie Mines, Esher
Andy Brown, Coventry
Chris Judge, Plymouth Albion
Trevor Davison, Blaydon
Matt Miles, Old Albanians
Tom Cowan-Dickie, Redruth
Ian Kench, Esher
Rob Conquest, Darlington Mowden Park
Keith Laughlin, Blaydon
Tom Stradwick, Blackheath
Harry Bate, Old Albanians
Brett Daynes, Cambridge
Chris Davies, Richmond
Sam Stuart, Richmond
Jack Walsh, Blackheath
Chris Johnson, Fylde
Chris May, Old Albanians
Sebastian Rodwell, London Irish Wild Geese
Markus Burcham, Blackheath
Leo Fielding, Blackheath
Pete Homan, Darlington Mowden Park
James Stokes, Cambridge
Mike Wilcox, Cinderford