Photo: Head coach Graham Dawe, Tamar Cup crucial preparation
Cornwall have named eight Redruth players in their starting line up for Monday night’s Tamar Cup clash with Devon at Tiverton kick-off 7:30 pm.
Reds hooker Richard Brown, who recently made his 200th appearance for the club, has been named as captain.
No players from Plymouth Albion have been named in the match day squad. There are eight players in the starting XV earning their first cap for Cornwall, prop Andruis Zacharovas, lock Brad Howe, half backs Jack Oulton and Mitch Vague, centre Jack Simmons and the back three of Alex Ducker, Dean Bonds and Rhys Brownfield.
Photo: Penryn’s Mitch Vague set to make Cornwall debut at fly-half
Whilst from the bench Dom Connor, Sam Bartle, Robbie Dugard, Everard Reid and Fraser Honey could all make their county debuts.
Head coach Graham Dawe said. “This game is crucial to allow us to observe players in the County shirt and how they perform under that additional pressure. We have away games against Surrey and Devon before we face Hertfordshire at home this season. There will certainly be pressure on everyone involved in this year’s squad.
He added. “Places for the championship games are up for grabs and players who perform well in the Tamar Cup, training and for their clubs, are in the mix for selection.”
Dawe will be joined this season by coaches Marek Churcher and Rhodri McAtee along with Strength & Conditioning coach Tristan Lark.
The Tamar Cup game comes slightly earlier than in recent seasons but is still a vital test prior to the Bill Beaumont Cup games.
Photo: Camborne’s Rhys Brownfield set for senior debut at full back
Chairman of selectors Terry Carter said the squad was continually evolving. “Our initial squad has changed slightly as other players come into contention whilst some others have left the squad through injuries and availability. We have again run our development squad this season and a number of guys have come into contention via this route”
He went on to say “Further players may be included at a later stage if injuries or form preclude selected players”.
Following the Tamar Cup game a number of training sessions have been programmed in for the build-up to the first game that takes place on Saturday 6 May.
Cornwall start their defence of the Cup with two games on the road at Richmond on May 6th against Surrey and then seven days later at Ivybridge against Devon before playing their only home game at Camborne on 20th May versus Hertfordshire.
Cornwall (Redruth, unless stated) R Brownfield (Camborne), D Bonds, J Simmons(Camborne), D Tout (Rossendale & Bude), A Ducker, M Vague (Penryn), J Oulton;T Phillips, R Brown (capt), A Zacharovas (Camborne), B Howe, B Jenkins (Barnstaple), G Jones (Penryn), M Grubb, BJ Chapman.
Replacements: D Connor (Brixham), S Bartle (Camborne), R Dugard (Barnstaple), J Drew (Camborne), C Fuca, G Randlesome (Penryn), E Reid (Pirates Amateurs), J Murphy (Barnstaple), F Honey (Launceston), R Kevern (Camborne), T Notman. T Robinson (St. Austell), R Friend (Okehampton).