CRFU Development Game
Photo – Mike Rawlings makes a welcome return to the Cornwall squad
Following last year’s successful introduction of a development squad, where 12 players went on to be involved in the full county squad, a training session was held on Monday night at St Austell RFC. A selection of players from around the county trained under the guidance of Cornwall coach Graham Dawe.
Cornwall development XV will play a Plymouth Albion development XV on Monday 28 September at the Brickfields, with a 19:30 kick off time.
CRFU Chair said: “This is an important part of players progressing from the under 20 level and, players from clubs who have the potential for pushing senior players for positions in the full county squad.”
Cornwall Coach Graham Dawe said: “We appreciate players have a pretty full on commitment with their own clubs. For them to attend and want to push themselves against guys from other clubs to get the nod and play for this squad is impressive. We also hope that the additional coaching will be taken back to their own club teams, and help their progress as well.”
A further development game will be played against a Cornish Pirates XV on Friday 30 October at the Mennaye, Penzance.
The Cornwall U20 trial takes place at Truro RFC on Sunday 27 September, commencing at 14:00. All clubs have been asked to nominate players who they think have the ability to progress and play at this level. Players must be under 20 on September 1 2015 to be eligible for consideration. Last year Cornwall reached the semi-final of the National cup, and two players, Todd Prisk and Tommy Phillips, gained selection for the England Counties U20 tour of Hungary.
Cornwall U20 team manager Chris Lea commented: “We have had a great deal of interest again this season but I am sure there are other guys out there who are eligible. Some clubs have not responded, where others have been very proactive. We don’t want them to miss out on being considered and it is not too late for clubs to nominate other players to firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.”
The Cornwall U20 season kicks off in February, with fixtures still to be confirmed by the RFU.
CORNWALL DEVELOPMENT XV
|1||Jess Tompsett||St Ives|
|2||Ben Taylor||St Ives|
|4||Brad Howe (Capt)||Redruth|
|5||Mark Vian||St Austell|
|7||Adam Blackmore||Wadebridge Camels|
|8||Mike Rawlings||Wadebridge Camels|
|9||Jack Oulton||Cornish All Blacks|
|12||Duncan Tout||St Austell|
|18||Billy Roberts||St Austell|
|22||Tommy Lee Southworth||Camborne|