Rugby Academy

The Rugby Academy caters for a range of abilities, providing the opportunity to play in one of three College teams at Truro and one at Penwith.

What to expect

With over 80 students in the Academy, our four teams play 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.

Leagues

The College competes in the Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence (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 and were AoC Premier Cup Finalists in 2016.

World-class rugby

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, 2012 and 2015. 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 was invited for the fourth time and travelled to Japan in April 2016 for the Sanix Youth Championships.

Success

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.

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.

Steve Larkins, Rugby Academy Leader

Team honours

  • 2009 Daily Mail Cup winners
  • 2009, 2014 AoC South West Regional 7s Winners
  • 2010 Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s Runners up (Girls team)
  • 2010 British Colleges U19 Knock-Out Cup Winners
  • 2010 Sanix World Youth Tournament Japan – 2nd place
  • 2011 BCS National Championships 7s Gold medal winners
  • 2012 Sanix World Youth Tournament Japan – 2nd place
  • 2013 AASE League Bowl Winners
  • 2014 AASE League Plate Winners
  • 2014 BCS Division 1 League winners
  • 2014 AoC National Championships 7s Gold medal winners
  • 2015 Sanix World Youth Tournament Japan – 4th place
  • 2015 AoC National Championships 7s Gold medal winners
  • 2016 Sanix World Youth Tournament Japan – 4th place
  • 2016 AoC Premier Cup Finalists

Players’ honours

  • Jack Stanley – England Under 18s, Exeter Chiefs.
  • 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).

Alumni

  • Jack Nowell – England and Exeter Chiefs.
  • Luke Cowen-Dickie – England and Exeter Chiefs.
  • Billy Keast – England U20 and Exeter Chiefs.
  • Jack Innard – England U20 and Exeter Chiefs.
  • Sam Blanchett – England 7s.
  • Max Bodilly, Tom Hendrickson, Ed Holmes, Harrison Cully – Exeter Chiefs.
  • Darren Dawiduik – Gloucester Rugby.
  • Joel Matevesi, Josh Matevesi, Hanno Dirkson – Ospreys.
  • Sam Betty – Worcester Warriors.
  • Jack Andrew, Paul Andrew, Kyle Molye, Tom Duncan, Tyler Gendall, Jack Oulton, Matt Bolwell – Pirates.
  • Toby Freeman, Jimmie Stevens – Nottingham.
  • Justin Blanchett – Bedford Blues.