SportStuff: Bill Hooper's Cornish Rugby Preview

Cornish Rugby Preview

By Bill Hooper

No Cornish Pirates game this weekend as they find themselves with a week end off ahead of their trip to Yorkshire Carnegie on the 18th February.

Prop Christian Judge is set to join the Cornish Pirates next season from Bedford Blues. The former Cornish All Black and Plymouth Albion player was part of the Cornwall side that won the Bill Beaumont Cup in 2015. He has also represented England Counties.

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Christian Judge (middle) will be joining the Pirates from Bedford blues

No doubt many will again be crowded around the TV when Wales play England in Cardiff with Newlyn’s Jack Nowell picked by Eddie Jones to start.

Speaking at England’s training headquarters Jones said

“Playing Wales in Cardiff is one of the biggest games in world rugby and we're excited. These are the games you want to be part of as a player and a coach.It’s s a game that is going to be decided on the basics of the game. You do thefundamentals of the game well and you win the game of rugby. We have a young team eager to play well at the great Principality Stadium.

“Jack Nowell starts this week with Jonny May changing to a finisher. Jack has an excellent work-rate and he’s a guy that carries through the line which will be important for us”

Cornish Pirates’ Josh Caulfield is on the bench this week for England Under 20s against Wales Under 20s at Colwyn Bay on Friday evening.

Locally, Redruth travel to Cinderford in National League 2 South. The Reds comfortably defeated the Gloucestershire side 54-11 back in October at the Recreation Ground but head coach Marek Churcher is expecting a tougher encounter this time around. He said. “We beat them comfortably down here and I am sure they will want to put the record straight on their patch. We know it will be confrontational and depending on the weather it could well turn into a forward battle. We have to go there and play to our strengths, I still think this group of players has more to give if they achieve their potential then we can be in the final mix come the end of April.”

In National 3 South West, Camborne entertain the bottom side Bromsgrove and will be looking to get a good win. Launceston are also at home and they take on Newton Abbot, the Cornish All Blacks are seeking a third win on the bounce as they try to give themselves a chance of escaping relegation.

In Tribute Western Counties West, Truro (5 th ) entertain Wadebridge Camels (4th), just one point separates the two clubs in the table, though Truro do have a game in hand. It should be an entertaining tussle up at St. Clements Hill both sides need the win.

Bude travel to Burnham-on- Sea with both sides needing the points to avoid relegation.

St. Austell, who this week announced that Steve Murley was replacing Andy Ashwin as Director of Rugby, entertain Crediton. St. Ives travel to play Tiverton.

Up in London, our exiles London Cornish are going well in London 2 SW, currently leading the table by fifteen points. They play Portsmouth at home this weekend.

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London Cornish in action. Photo : Ben Gilby

Leaders Falmouth travel to Plymouth Argaum in the Tribute Cornwall & Devon League. Argaum can be a tough proposition on their own patch, the Eagles will have to be at their best to bring back the points.

Saltash are home to Tamar Saracens and will be favourites to get the win, likewise Penryn at home to Topsham. Borough have appointed Dave Levick Head of Rugby at the club. He will be responsible for all rugby at the club from minis to the senior side.

Lanner host Withycombe at St. Day, whilst Pirates Amateurs host Bodmin at the Mennaye.

The full rugby program for Saturday

NATIONAL LEAGUE 2 SOUTH

CINDERFORD – REDRUTH

NATIONAL LEAGUE 3 SW

CAMBORNE – BROMSGROVE

LAUNCESTON – NEWTON ABBOT

TRIBUTE WESTERN COUNTIES WEST

BURNHAM – BUDE

ST. AUSTELL – CREDITON

TIVERTON – ST. IVES

TRURO – WADEBRIDGE CAMELS

LONDON 2 SW

LONDON CORNISH – PORTSMOUTH

TRIBUTE CORNWALL & DEVON LEAGUE

LANNER – WITHYCOMBE

PENRYN – TOPSHAM

PIRATES AMATEURS – BODMIN

PLYMOUTH ARGAUM – FALMOUTH

SALTASH – TAMAR SARACENS

TRIBUTE CORNWALL 1

HELSTON – HAYLE

NEWQUAY HORNETS – ST. AGNES

ROSELAND – LISKEARD-LOOE

VEOR – CAMBORNE SCHOOL OF MINES

TRIBUTE CORNWALL 2

CAMELFORD – PERRANPORTH

ILLOGAN PARK – STITHIANS

ST. JUST – LANKELLY-FOWEY

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