“CORNWALL RFU PREPARE FOR THE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP”
Photos – Simon Bryant Itkisphoto
Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) has started it’s preparation for the 2016 Bill Beaumont County Championship campaign that gets underway in May.
Selectors and coaches have been observing games and watching eligible players at all levels since the start of the season. An enlarged squad has been selected and invited to attend a team building session at Kingsley Village, Fraddon, on Monday 22 February.
CRFU President Ken Plummer said “I am delighted with the work the coaching team of Graham Dawe and Ian Morgan, and thank them along with the selectors for their work in the early preparation for the 2016 County Championship campaign.”
Cornwall face three games in the opening group stages in May before the final, which is held at Twickenham on Sunday 29 May.
Chair of selectors Terry Carter said “Selecting an enlarged squad for the Kingsley Village event has been interesting with a number of new guys coming onto our radar this year. We feel we have a good balance of players with experience and determination to represent the County. We have players representing 12 different clubs, some who have come through our development programme along with young players from the U20 XV.”
He went on to say “Further players may be included at a later stage if injuries or form preclude selected players”
The Kingsley Village event is designed so that coaches and players can meet informally and discuss in detail the tactics and training plans for the Championship
Following the Kingsley Village event a number of training sessions have been programmed. Cornwall face Devon in the annual Tamar Cup match on Tuesday 26 April at St Austell RFC with a 19:30 kick off time, before the first game County Championship game that takes place on Saturday 7 May at Redruth RFC, kick-off 3:00 pm
Cornwall coach Graham Dawe said – “The 2016 season will be very challenging, with a home game against Gloucestershire, then an away game against Hertfordshire, before the final pool stage game against newly promoted Surrey.” he went on to say “I am looking forward to this competition, and try and build on the success this team enjoyed last season.”
Cornwall will face Gloucestershire on 7 May at Redruth RFC, Hertfordshire at Bishops Stortford RFC on the 14 May, before facing Surrey on the 21 May Camborne RFC, kick-off 3:00 pm
CRFU Chair Denis Preece said “We know that the people of Cornwall will once again get behind the team and come and support them throughout the campaign and especially on the 7 & 21 May at Redruth and Camborne.” he also said “The support last season was immense and everybody involved with the team was impressed and staggered by the numbers who turned up not only at Redruth but also at Kent and Gloucestershire.”