With over 75 students in the Academy there are teams playing in over 70 fixtures and tournaments per season. All students will have the opportunity to compete for places in any of the teams who play weekly, although players in the first team squad will normally be of county standard or higher. Players will have up to six hours per week of rugby related activities, which will include theory sessions, coaching, video analysis, fitness sessions, skills work and weight training, in addition to an extensive fixture list on Wednesday afternoons, where games are played both locally and nationally at U18 and U19 levels.
The College competes in the AASE league along with the other premiership academies (Wasps, Leicester, Sale, London Irish and Gloucester), the British Colleges Sport Leagues and Cups, as well as friendly matches against local schools and colleges. The Academy has also toured to South Africa and Dubai, as well as competing at The Sanix Junior World Rugby Tournament in Japan in 2010 and 2012.
The Cornwall RFU has been very successful in developing players in the under 16 age groups. These players at post 16 have been faced with difficult choices. Often they have left the county to relocate and continue with both their rugby and their education. This joint initiative between Truro and Penwith College and Exeter Chiefs’ Rugby Academy provides players with the real opportunity of a first class education coupled with first class rugby coaching, whilst staying in Cornwall. As well as these links with Exeter Chiefs many players will also play for Cornish Pirates, Plymouth, Redruth and the Cornish All Blacks.
Players’ Honours: 2012 / 13
- Luke Chapman and Matt Bolwell – England U18s
- Matt Bolwell, Luke Chapman, Tom Hendrickson, Max Bodilly, Jack Oulton, Joe Pretty, Jack Innard, Tom Holdsworth, Mike Roach all played for the successful Exeter Chiefs’ Academy Team.
- 30 players in Cornwall Squad (U17, U18 and U20)
- 2009 Daily Mail Champions
- 2010 Finalist in the Junior World Championships in Japan
- 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 South West 10s Champions
- 2011 National 10s Champions (Bath University)
- 2012 Finalists at both the Middle East Invitational in Dubai and Sanix World Championships in Japan
- 2013 AASE League Bowl Winners 2013