Cornwall Rugby Football Union Under 20s 2014/15 County Championship campaign begins on Sunday 30 November.
Following a trial session at Truro RFC, the Under 20’s have trained for the last 6 weekends sometimes in atrocious weather in preparation for their first game against Gloucestershire at Camborne RFC with a 2.30 pm kick off.
CRFU President John Grindle said, “This is the first game at this level for some of the team and they start with a tough game. I want to thank the coaching team of Ian Morgan, Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins and team manager Chris Lea for their work in pulling together the team.” He went on to say, “I would also like to thank Camborne for hosting the game, Kelsall Steele for their sponsorship of the match shirts, along with ITEC our programme sponsors.”
Cornwall face one other game in the group stages on January 25th against Devon at Ivybridge and depending on results, are hoping for a quarter-final place to be played in February.
Coach Ian Morgan said, “We have a young squad who have trained well and in good numbers on Sunday mornings in Truro. They now face a stern test against a strong Gloucestershire squad.”
Coach Mike Rawlings said, “It is testament to the guys who have trained on Sunday mornings after games for their own clubs on the Saturday. They have trained hard and know they face a difficult task, but they will be extremely proud to pull on the famous black and gold shirt of Cornwall. ”
CRFU Chair Denis Preece said, “This is the first opportunity for some of these players to represent Cornwall at senior level. A number of the players, who have gone before them, have gone on to represent the full County XV and some have played at Twickenham!!”
Cornwall Under 20 team manager Chris Lea said, “This squad is a mixture of players from last season, new players nominated from clubs and guys who have progressed through the Under 18 age group. It is great to see these guys getting progression through the County system and a number of former players are now playing at Premiership and Championship level, as well as clubs within Cornwall.”
Cornwall: Tom Eley (Truro), Konnor Ewudzi (St. Austell), Jack Simmons (Hartpury Coll), Rhys Brownfield (Pirates Ams), Jake Woodward (Wadebridge Camels), Dan Rutter (Redruth), Zac Noeda (Truro); Jay Tyack (Redruth), Locryn Williams (St. Austell), Tommy Phillips (Redruth), Todd Prisk (Redruth, Capt), Dan Marsh (Truro), Adam Hughes (Penryn), John Haines (Cornish All Blacks), Neil Stanleick (Camborne).
Replacements (from): Sam Furse (Newquay Hornets), Joe Martin (Truro), Russell Stevens (Hayle), Tony Pellow (Penryn), Ollie Williams (Falmouth), Tom Sandercock (Cornish All Blacks), Lewis Thomas (Redruth), Sam Rodda (Newquay Hornets), Adam Smith (Redruth), John Tyler (Penzance & Newlyn Colts).
Coaches – Ian Morgan, Mike Rawlings, Bryn Jenkins
Team Manager – Chris Lea