Cornwall & Gloucestershire name sides for Sunday clash

CORNWALL RFU UNDER 20 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

 The Jason Leonard Cup.

Cornwall Under 20s take on their Gloucestershire counterparts this Sunday at St. Austell RFC in their final pool game, kick-off 13:30.

Both sides are through to the quarterfinals; however the winner of this game will guarantee themselves a home tie in the last eight against either Hertfordshire or Kent, who also meet on Sunday.

Additionally, both sides have an almost identical record going into the final game, however Gloucestershire have single point better points difference, so Cornwall must win to top the group.

Cornwall team huddle prior to kick-off. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 24/02/19, Cornwall U20s, Hampshire U20s, CRFU, U20s County Championship, Jason Leonard Cup, Sport,Rugby Union, Hooks Lane Ground, Havant, Hampshire, England,

Cornwall RFU President Peter James said “This is not only the final pool game but it is the pool decider to see who will gain the home quarterfinal on Sunday March 31. Gloucestershire are a hot bed of County rugby and have always provided strong opposition, I am sure this match will be no different”

Aaron Simmonds (Redruth) of Cornwall U20s kicks a conversion. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 24/02/19, Cornwall U20s, Hampshire U20s, CRFU, U20s County Championship, Jason Leonard Cup, Sport,Rugby Union, Hooks Lane Ground, Havant, Hampshire, England,

Coach Richie Kevern said. “The guys earned a very impressive win at Havant two weeks ago against Hampshire on the 4G pitch. Gloucestershire like us have won their opening two pool games and so this is all to play for. If anything Gloucestershire have a slight edge as they have a better point’s difference by 1 point, so a win or a draw will see them earn a home quarterfinal, whereas Cornwall needs to win to get a home quarterfinal”

Cornwall have made a couple of changes in the back row where Eddy Hall gets his first start and Jamie Eddy starts at No.8 after missing the last game. Skipper Torin Clarke moves from No.8 to the blindside. Falmouth’s lock Stan Somers comes onto the bench having missed the Hampshire game as does St. Austell’s back Ben Plummer.

Torin Clarke (Launceston) Captain of Cornwall U20s comes off the field after the match. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 24/02/19, Cornwall U20s, Hampshire U20s, CRFU, U20s County Championship, Jason Leonard Cup, Sport,Rugby Union, Hooks Lane Ground, Havant, Hampshire, England,

Cornwall Captain Torin Clarke said. “The guys put in a tremendous shift up at Havant but know this will be a much more physical game against a traditional Gloucestershire side. We need now to put behind us the last two games and concentrate on putting in a performance against the pool leaders.”

The Cornwall U20 team manager Colin Hatch.”To recognise the commitment to the Cornwall U20 team, 3 players will be awarded their U20 caps for making 7 or more appearance in the Jason Leonard Cup. Prop Chae Jenkins along with fellow prop and Vice-Captain Jack Hodge will be joined by Captain Torin Clarke in collecting their caps at the end of the match. This is a fantastic achievement and makes a total of 8 caps awarded so far this season.”

Entry is by program £5, with under 16s free entry. As ever your support for the lads on the afternoon will be much appreciated as they strive to earn a home quarterfinal on Sunday March 31st.  

                           Cornwall U20 v Gloucestershire U20

Sunday 17 March @ St Austell RFC 13:30 kick off

Cornwall Squad 

1 Jack Hodge (Vice Captain) Redruth 
2 Rory Mead Bude
3 Chae Jenkins Launceston
4 Dan Goldsmith Launceston
5 Mawgan Osborne P&N Colts
6 Torin Clarke (Captain) Launceston
7 Eddy Hall Pirates Amateurs
8 Jamie Eddy Redruth
9 Owen Davey Truro
10 Will Trewin Cardiff Met
11 Charlie Levick Penryn Colts
12 Connor Gilbert Redruth
13 Jake Penprase Bath Uni
14 Reuben Edwards Launceston
15 Aaron Simmonds Redruth
16 Luke Barnes Redruth
17 Cain Worley N/A
18 Stan Somers Falmouth
19 Harry Lightfoot Launceston
20 James Murray Redruth
21 Ben Plummer St Austell
22 James Tucker Redruth
  Travelling reserves
23 Alex Bartlett Launceston
24 Josh Hart  
25 Adam Long Camborne
26 Alistair Harding Falmouth
27 Tom Wallace Penryn
28 Angus Hallam Redruth
29 Lawrence Armstrong Launceston

Coaches – Josh Lord + Rich Kevern

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

Kit – Paul Hurrell (Head) +Colin Hatch

                          Gloucestershire Squad

  Players Name Club / University
1 Kieren Wilson Thornbury
2 James Jackson Dings Crusaders
3 Beck Phillips Old Patesians
4 Jonny Holliday Cinderford
5 Sam Gregory Cinderford
6 Ben Davies Royal Agricultural College
7 Jared Du Plessis Avonmouth
8 Adam Hopkinson (C ) Gloucs Uni
9 Tom Knight Old Patesians
10 Tom Price Cleve 
11 Brandon Pettitt Avonmouth
12 Tom Hargan UWE 
13 Jack Guy Newent
14 Will Baldwin (VC) Cinderford
15 Bradley Dunn Spartans
16 Spencer Miller Gloucs Old Boys
17 Euan Manley Gloucs Uni
18 Jacob White Gloucs Uni
19 Joshua Du Plessis Avonmouth
20 Tom Park Royal Agricultural College
21 Nathan Brookes Newent
22 George Sanderson Gloucs Uni
23 (TR) Brodie Cook Old Richians
24 (TR) Tom Broady Spartans
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