CORNWALL RFU UNDER 20 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2023 The Jason Leonard Cup.
Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Under 20 County Championship home campaign 2023 continues with their third fixture in the Jason Leonard Cup. The team host Somerset U20’s in the final pool game of this year’s competition on Sunday 23rd April. The game will be played at Camborne RFC with a 1400 kick off time.
CRFU President John Sumnall said. “Irrespective of the result on Sunday, this will be the last home game that the U20’s plays this season, so it would be fantastic to get a great crowd there to support and cheer them on. We thank Camborne RFC for hosting us once again along with their volunteers who make playing the game possible. The thanks must also go to our fabulous sponsors, kit suppliers O’Neills, Kelsall Steele Investment Services LTD, Booths Print of Penryn, and of course Trelawny’s Army Supporters Club for the match ball sponsorship and their attendance at all the games”.
Cornwall narrowly lost their first game away to Devon 35 – 29 but came away with 2 losing bonus points. The second game Cornwall earned maximum points with a 38 – 28 victory over Gloucestershire whilst denying them a losing bonus point. Cornwall have been forced to make 2 changes in the back row due to injuries, and of course the County finals, colts finals and Papa John cup games all take place on the Saturday prior to our game.
The team sees skipper Joss Pascoe switch back from fly-half to outside centre, with Nat Dart returning at fly-half.
In the pack, there are enforced changes in the back row. Wes Eddy comes in for the injured Gideon Blacklock, whilst Ben Jones, who came off the bench against Gloucestershire, starts for the unavailable Freddy Trewin.
Coach Rich Kevern said. “We know Somerset have lost their first two games; we must not be complacent as they will be fighting all the way to avenge those defeats. We put in a far better performance against Gloucestershire but there are still many areas where we need to tighten up and improve are game management. It is and all to play for in this next round with Devon, Gloucestershire, and Cornwall all in contention to top the pool and earn a quarter-final place”.
Entry on the day will be £5 which includes a programme with U16 gaining free admission.
Cornwall Captain Joss Pascoe said. “After the Devon game we came away and did a lot of soul searching, licked our wounds and needed to put in a performance against Gloucestershire. I’m proud to say the boys did just that and stood up to a very physical team and came out on top. We now not only have to match but improve that performance to give us every chance of progressing in this year’s competition. I know how the guys have trained, and what they are capable of, and we need that performance on Sunday”.
This season’s competition has changed and only the pool winners go through to the quarter-finals. The winner of our group will travel to play Dorset and Wilts Under 20s at a venue yet to be confirmed on Sunday May 7th.
The CRFU Chair Dave Saunter said. “This will be the last home game for some of these guys in an U20 shirt and I know they will want to go out in style. 12 of last week’s 22 will not be eligible for next season’s competition however that means 10 guys will carry forward a massive amount of experience next season. A big thank you to the coaches, medics, and backroom staff for all the effort and time they put into developing these players for not only the County but their home clubs as well”.
Cornwall U20 v Somerset U20
Sunday 23rd April @ Camborne RFC 1400 kick off.
|JOSS PASCOE (CAPTAIN)
Coaches – Rich Kevern, Tyler Gendall, Brad Howe
Team Manager Colin Hatch, Assistant Terry Williams
Medical cover – Neville Curnow + Graham Ashton
Kit – Paul Hurrell, Photographer Simon Bryant, Match Day filming David Burrows, Multimedia – Kevin Bishop