Is the RBS 6 Nations Rugby ready for Cornwall!!
A little known fact about Cornwall is that as a county we are rugby mad! To many locals, Cornwall should really be a nation in its own right….a discussion for another day. But if we were a nation, then our brilliant Rugby Union team could certainly give the other RBS 6 Nations a run for The Cup.
Our first Cornwall rugby union team was formed way back in 1883! Since then the Cornwall County team has won the Bill Beaumont Cup (County Championship) 5 times. The first in 1908 at the Recreation Ground, Redruth, beating Durham City 17-3.
Since 1984 all County Championship games have been played at Twickenham Stadium, the home of English Rugby. When Cornwall won the County Championship at here in 1991, 50,000 supporters travelled to watch their team beat Yorkshire 29-20. The Independent newspaper claimed them to be the ‘Best Supporters’ in any sport that year.
Since then Cornwall has won the championship in 1999 (beating Gloucestershire 25-15), in 2015 beating Lancashire 18-13 and again in 2016 with a monumental win over Cheshire, 35-13 bringing the Bill Beaumont Cup back to Cornwall yet again.
Wherever Cornwall play “Trelawney” is sung loud and clear at the side lines encouraging each and every player to perform their very best in their distinctive yellow and black kit, representing the ancient kings of Cornwall.
Cornish rugby has a great history of players playing at international level including Phil Vickery, Trevor Woodman, Brian ‘Stack’ Stevens, Graham Dawe, as well as Andy Reed who has represented Scotland and the Lions, and many others.
So, if we could just extend the RBS 6 Nations Rugby tournament to 7 Nations to include Cornwall, surely we could give England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy a competitive game, not to mention a taste of our unique Cornish support.
More information about our Cornwall Rugby Union team