Cornwall will play two of their three County Championship Division One South group matches away from home next May, writes Nigel Walrond.

They start their campaign on Saturday, May 4, with a trip to Gloucestershire, and then follow that with a very long journey to Kent seven days later.

The venues for both of those games are still to be confirmed.

They then host defending county champions Hertfordshire at Camborne on Saturday, May 18, with the county final taking place at Twickenham on Sunday, May 26.

The other group matches are: May 4: Kent v Hertfordshire; May 11: Hertfordshire v Gloucestershire, and May 18: Gloucestershire v Kent.

Cornwall will have to be at their best if they are to reach the final, with even the game at Kent, who have returned to the top tier of county rugby after an absence of one season, far from easy.

Two seasons ago, Cornwall won an amazing game 42-34 against them at Canterbury in a relegation decider.

Cornwall will be sponsored for the next three years by St Austell Brewery through their Tribute Ale brand, with a new kit soon to be unveiled with the sponsor’s logo on it.

Cornwall Rugby Football Union chairman Denis Preece said: “We are happy with the fixtures, though playing two away matches to start with is not ideal.

“We have got our hands full, with last year’s winners Hertfordshire in our pool, and Kent will have a point to prove, after dropping out of the top tier for a season.

“But we are looking forward to a good season, and looking forward to the support and help that Tribute are going to give us, and we are looking forward to Christmas time, when we will be launching the new shirts for the county team with our sponsors.”

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