Rugby: Cornwall under 20s prepare for new campaign
CORNWALL U20S are preparing in earnest for the forthcoming County Championship, which kicks-off away to Dorset and Wilts on Sunday February 2 at North Dorset RFC.
And Cornwall coach Tom Rawlings is pleased with the way the squad are shaping up.
He said. "We have got a big month during January to build for our opening fixture. We have training sessions booked during the month in the build up to our opening game.
"A squad is in place, but if there are any players from clubs out there that want to be part of the set-up then please get your coaches to put your names forward by contacting our team secretary Chris Lea so that we can further strengthen the squad.
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"Our first session is at Truro College on Sunday January 12. Myself, Ian Morgan, Bryn Jenkins and my brother Mike are heading up the coaching this season.
"We had a good season last year, despite two losses away to Dorset & Wilts and Devon. We enjoyed a fine win over Somerset at home, and in our final game away to Devon were in with a chance of progressing to the knock-out stages until late in the game.
"Last year, Dorset & Wilts were little bit of an unknown quantity as we had not played them previously, but this year we know what to expect.
"I think we need to be a little bit sharper going into the first game.
"We have got quite a few of last season's squad still eligible for this year and I am looking to those players to step up and lead the team.
"Our second game against Devon is always a very tough game. Last season we ran them close, while two seasons ago we beat them down at Hayle and I am looking for a repeat performance from our boys against Devon.
"It's going to be a big ask, but I am very confident that we have the players in Cornwall to do well this season."
Cornwall U20 Fixtures: Sunday February 2 v Dorset & Wilts at North Dorset RFC (2pm); Sunday February 23 v Devon (home, venue tbc) (2pm).