The Rugby Academy programme is available at both Truro and Penwith campuses.
The Rugby Academy caters for a range of abilities giving the opportunity to play in one of three College teams at Truro and one at Penwith. With over 80 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 which play weekly, although players in the first team squad will normally be of county standard or higher. Players will have up to eight 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 this there is 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 Association of Colleges Sport Leagues and Cups, as well as friendly matches against local schools and colleges.
In recent seasons the College has won the Daily Mail Cup, British Colleges U19 Knock-Out Cup, National 10s and 7s, South West Colleges League and Samurai 7s. The most recent success was winning the AASE League Plate at Allianz Park in 2014 against S.G.S Filton (Bristol Academy).
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 College were finalists in both tournaments, where the best teams from South Africa, Australia, France, Canada, Tonga, Fiji, Korea and Japan competed making them the highest placed British team since the tournament began. Due to these successes the Truro College Rugby Academy has been invited for the third time and will be travelling to Japan in April 2015 for the Sanix Youth Championships.
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 in the National Leagues.
To supplement their academic programme players may also be able to complete the AASE programme which gives them knowledge and understanding in preparation for life as a professional rugby player.
- Jack Stanley – England Under 18s, Exeter Chiefs
- Billy Keast – England Under 18s
- Luke Trewhella, Sam Fox, Angus Mclean Brown, Harrison Cully, Noah Sixton, Matt Butler, Kieron Westlake, Brad Janes, Declan Matthews, Jack Stanley , Billy Keast and James Mcfarlane have 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 World Youth Championships in Japan
- 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 South West 10s Champions.
- 2011 – National 10s Champions (Bath University)
- 2012 – Finalists in the Middle East Invitational in Dubai and Sanix Youth Championships in Japan.
- 2013 – AASE League Bowl Winners Winners
- 2014 – Gold Medallists at the AoC National 7’s
- 2014 – AASE League Plate Winners
- Jack Nowell – Senior England, England Under 20s, Exeter Chiefs 1st XV. Jack won the LV cup Breakthrough Player of the Year
- Luke Cowan-Dickie – Senior England Saxons, England Under 20s, Exeter Chiefs 1st XV
- Jack Innard – England U20, Exeter Chiefs
- Josh Matavesi – Senior Fiji
- Sam Blanchet – England 7’s
- Rob Coote and Duncan Hayles – England Students 2014/15
- The following ex-students have also played Premiership Rugby: Scott Hobson (Bath) / Ed Holmes, Tom Hendrickson & Max Bodily (Exeter Chiefs) / Darren Dawiduik (Gloucester) / Jimmy Stevens (London Irish) / Josh Matavesi & Hanno Dirksen (Ospreys) / Lloyd Fairbrother (Newport Gwent) / Sam Betty & Paul Andrew (Worcester Warriors)
“The Truro and Penwith College Rugby Academy continues to produce outstanding players who have proven themselves nationally and internationally against the best. The College runs very successful teams and many local clubs have ex College players in their ranks.”