The Cornwall Rugby Football Union (CRFU) was formed in 1883 and has a proud history within the annals of International, National and County Rugby. Several of its players have represented their country as well as the British Lions and its supporters are fervent followers of the County Championship.
The CRFU has had the honour to have played host to many international touring rugby teams over the years including New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand Māori, France B, Romania, the USA, Canada, Japan and the Soviet Union. In 1908 Cornwall, as reigning county champions, was chosen to represent Great Britain in the 1908 Olympics where they lost to Australia in the final being awarded the silver medal.
There have been three Presidents of the Rugby Football Union namely PM Holman (1952-53), JMACG Kendall-Carpenter (1980-81) and WH Bishop (1995-96).
Until 2009 the CRFU operated as an unincorporated body when it registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 becoming Cornwall Rugby Football Union Limited.
The 34 Clubs affiliated to Cornwall Rugby Football Union Limited are Members with representatives of each club in membership sitting on the Committees which are responsible for discharging the roles and responsibilities of the CRFU.
The committee structure has evolved over the years with a major restructuring coming into force at the beginning of the 2014/15 season in order that the CRFU fulfilled its obligations as a Constituent Body under the Rugby Football Union framework. Cornwall Rugby Football Union Ltd is a member of the Rugby Football Union and the management of the CRFU rests solely with the Management Board.