Cornwall pick mixed squad for Pirates’ test

Photo – Tony Whittle (Camborne)

Following last month’s game against a Plymouth Albion Development XV, a further game is planned on Friday 30 October v. a Cornish Pirates Development XV. This game will also see the inclusion of U20 players as well as established players from around the County. An initial squad of 40 players from 14 different Cornish clubs were invited to train at St Austell RFC under coaches Graham Dawe, Ian Morgan and strength and conditioning coach James “Earpy” Earp.

The Cornwall Development XV will play the Cornish Pirates Development XV at the Mennaye Field, Penzance, under lights with a 19:45 kick off time.

CRFU Chair Denis Preece 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. It is great to see so many clubs invited to attend and shows that the CRFU is casting its net far and wide.”

Cornwall Coach Graham Dawe said: “We really appreciate the help and assistance clubs and club coaches have given us in releasing the players for the training and the fixture. We also hope that the additional coaching will be taken back to their club teams, which may help the clubs progress as well” He went on to say; – “We have set two dates where we will be working alongside the RFU development officers within the county, where we hope that players will be able to attend to receive coaching that will help them develop and increase their skills and may encourage some to re-join, or stay playing rugby within their clubs.”

Cornwall U20 team manager Chris Lea commented: “It is a fantastic opportunity for these U20 guys to have been selected and have the opportunity to play alongside more experienced players from around the county. We have had a great deal of interest again this season and are putting together a good squad although we have a tough pool stage. I am sure there are other guys out there who are eligible, and if clubs have players who they think would be eligible and suitable then it is not too late for them to be considered, please send any nominations to in the first instance.”


Cornish Pirates:
15 Bertie Hopkin, 14 Alex O’Meara, 13 Max Bodilly, 12 Bar Bartlett
11 Kyle Moyle, 10 Laurence May, 9 Jack Oulton
1 Tyler Gendall, 2 Jack Innard, 3 Francisco Deformes, 4 Will Graulich
5 Brett Beukeboom, 6 Dan Lee, 7 Sam Simmonds, 8 Tom Duncan (capt).

Tommy Lee Southworth, George Collenette, Jay Tyack, Brad Howe, Tom James, Tom Hendrickson, Rob Coote, Rhys Brownfield, Kieran Goss, Noah Sixton.

Cornwall Development XV

1 Luke Chapman Cornish All Blacks
2 Ben Taylor (Captain)  St Ives
3 Jon Drew Redruth
4 Tony Whittle Camborne
5 Paul Hamber Cornish All Blacks/Plymouth Albion
6 Tom Simmons Falmouth
7 Mark Grubb Wadebridge
8 Neil Stanleick Cornish All Blacks/Cornish Pirates
9 Dan Rutter Redruth
10 Richard Kevern Camborne
11 Ben Chenoweth St Austell
12 Duncan Tout Bude
13 Jack Simmons Camborne
14 Jack Kessell Redruth
15 Ben Stean Camborne/Plymouth Albion
16 Miles Davey St Austell
17 Jess Tompsett St Ives
18 Andruis Zacharovas Camborne
19 Ben Trevaskis Penryn
20 Adam Hughes Penryn
21 Grant Randlesome Penryn
22 Billy Roberts Bude
23 Taron Peacock Camborne
24 Craig Williams Truro
25 Andrew Coad Bodmin
26 Will Pengelly Wadebridge Camels
27 Joe Wilson Bude
Coaches – Graham Dawe & Ian Morgan
Strength & Conditioning – James “Earpy” Earp

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