Cornwall name side to face Cheshire

CORNWALL SELECT SIDE TO FACE CHESHIRE IN SUNDAY TEA-TIME FINAL

By Bill Hooper

Cornwall selectors have stuck by the same tried and tested squad for Sunday’s Bill Beaumont Cup Final against Cheshire at Twickenham.

Cornwall Team photo for the 2019 County Championship Campaign. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 11/05/19, Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

It will be the third time the two counties have faced each other in the final, Cheshire won the first final in 1998, 21-14, whilst Cornwall won the second final three years ago, 35-13, Matt Shepherd notching twenty points in a memorable performance with a try, three penalties and three conversions.  

There are just a couple of positional changes for the final. Jon Dawe moves to the wing whilst Richie Kevern moves from full-back to the centre to partner club mate Jack Simmons with Shepherd having recovered from injury that forced him to miss the Devon game.

Jack Oulton of Cornwall (Redruth) runs in a try. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 11/05/19, Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

In the back row, Edd Pascoe retains his place with fit again Sam Stevens returning having also missed out against Devon.

Disappointingly, there is no place for Bude winger Kyle Speare who is named as a travelling reserve.

The replacements bench will supply plenty to the team’s performance when they get their chance. Penryn pair George Jones and Grant Randlesome are bound to play a full part at rugby HQ, as will Wadebridge’s Matt Ballard.

The whole squad at training joined in with the congratulations to Alex Ducker and Jack Oulton on their selection for England Counties tour to Georgia, which departs immediately after the final.

Alex Ducker of Cornwall (Camborne) charing down the wing. – Photo mandatory by-line: ©Simon Bryant/Iktis Photo – 11/05/19, Cornwall, Hertfordshire, Bill Beaumont Cup, County Championship, CRFU, Sport, Rugby Union, Redruth, Recreation Ground, England

While there are still 80 minutes of rugby to be played, this Cornwall team will give everything and more in this final game of their season and be a credit to their families, their clubs and their county. They have played with pride and passion wearing the black and gold and that has always been a hallmark of great Cornwall sides of the past.

The selected squad will be travelling up to Twickenham on Saturday and will arrive at the ground at approximately 3.30 pm on the Sunday and look forward to being greeted by the Cornish crowd as they step off the coach.

There may be many in the Cornwall rugby community who will be baffled by the RFU decision to move the 5.30pm kick-off to 5.45pm

Cornwall team to play Cheshire at Twickenham on Sunday 2nd June. Kick off 5.45pm

15. Matt Shepherd   Plymouth Albion

14. John Dawe           Plymouth Albion

13. Jack Simmons      Redruth

12. Richie Kevern     Redruth

11. Alex Ducker         Camborne

10. Fraser Honey       Plymouth Albion

9. Jack Oulton            Redruth

1. Dan Job                  Lanner

2. Rob Elloway          St. Ives

3. Jess Tompsett      Redruth

4. Tony Whittle        Camborne

5. Ben Hilton (captain)   Barnstaple

6. Edd Pascoe           Redruth & Royal Navy

7. Sam Stevens        Redruth

8. Brad Howe           Redruth

16. Matt Ballard      Wadebridge Camels

25. Craig Williams   Redruth

18. George Jones    Penryn

19. Grant Randlesome   Penryn

20. Taron Peacock  Camborne

21. Dean Bonds      Redruth

22. Seti Raumakita  Plymouth Albion

Travelling Reserves: Rikki Bentham, Kyle Speare, Rhys Brownfield, Charlie Nicholson or Greg Thomas

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