CORNISH RUGBY PREVIEW
By Bill Hooper
A truncated rugby program this weekend as the National Leagues take a break due to the England Counties game against Scottish Clubs XV at Moseley on Friday evening and the various National Cup competitions curtailing the South West leagues.
On Sunday in the RBS 6 Nations Jack Nowell will start from the bench for England against Italy at Twickenham.
In the Greene King Championship, the Cornish Pirates will look to back up their excellent win at Yorkshire Carnegie last Saturday when they take on Rotherham Titans at the Mennaye on Sunday, kick-off 3pm.
The Pirates will be hoping a win will propel them into the play-off positions.
Mixed news at the Mennaye this week, hooker Rob Elloway announced he was ending his professional playing career with immediate effect, to spend more time with his family. On the plus side three players, Tom Duncan, Nicolas de Battista and Toby May have penned new deals keeping them at the Cornish Pirates next season
Back-rower Duncan has signed for an extra two years, whilst centre De Battista and full-back May have each put pen to paper on one year contracts.
Speaking about the signings Pirates’ coach Gavin Cattle said. “This trio have proved themselves to be gifted and important members of the squad. They each have different strengths to bring to our game, which is good, and their continued presence will undoubtedly aid the development and thus growing strength of our team. He added. “Also, with a healthy number of players lining up to sign new contracts, further announcements will follow in the very near future.”
Also on Sunday, Cornwall Under 20s play their second pool game in this season’s County Championship. They face Gloucestershire at Redruth kick-off 2 pm.
Buoyed by their big win against Berkshire 64-3 three weeks ago, a win against Gloucestershire will confirm a place in the quarter-finals ahead of their final pool game against Hampshire on Sunday 19th March at Overton RFC, calling all exiles do come along and support the lads.
Coach Bryn Jenkin was fully aware that all was not perfect in the first game and that the lads had to re-focus on the task ahead. “The result against Berkshire was pleasing, however there were some basic errors that we needed to work on. Although a cracking result for the squad we now have to get our feet firmly back on the ground for the game on Sunday.”
There are some important cup games on Saturday, Truro travel to Chew Valley in Somerset to contest the SW Intermediate Cup Final. A win for Truro will see them through to the last eight of the competition nationally.
Saltash play Winscombe in the Senior Vase SW Final, again a win will see them through to the last eight of that competition.
Also on Saturday a big day for St. Austell Colts who play Thornbury Colts in the last sixteen of the National Colts Cup. The game at Tregorrick Parc kicks-off at 2:30 pm and entry is free!
Camborne Colts are also involved at Under 17 level in a National Cup tie against Swanage & Wareham on Sunday, the game is at 2 pm. The game is being played on the old School of Mines ground.
Finally good luck to the colt sides involved this weekend in the Trelawny’s Army Colts league play-offs.
Sunday 26th February 2017
GREENE KING RFU CHAMPIONSHIP
CORNISH PIRATES – ROTHERHAM TITANS 3PM
UNDER 20 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP POOL STAGE
CORNWALL – GLOUCESTERSHIRE @REDRUTH RFC 2PM
Saturday 25th February 2017
TRIBUTE CORNWALL & DEVON LEAGUE
TAMAR SARACENS – FALMOUTH
TRIBUTE CORNWALL 1
CAMBORNE SCHOOL OF MINES – ROSELAND
HAYLE – LISKEARD-LOOE
HELSTON – NEWQUAY HOENETS
VEOR – ST. AGNES
TRIBUTE CORNWALL 2
CAMELFORD – ST. JUST
PERRANPORTH – STITHIANS
REDRUTH ALBANY – LANKELLY-FOWEY
SW INTERMEDIATE CUP FINAL
CHEW VALLEY – TRURO
SW SENIOR VASE FINAL
SALTASH – WINSCOMBE
COLTS NATIONAL CUP
- AUSTELL – THORNBURY