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Rugby Academies

Open to players of any standard, the Female and Male Rugby Academies are ideal for any fan of the sport and welcomes everyone who wants to improve and excel.

Female Rugby Academy

What can I expect?

Rugby related activities ensure players can work coaching, fitness sessions and skills work into their training, with team building and officiating activities adding even more diversity into the mix. As Women’s Rugby is a developing sport, the College Academy programme is dependent on the numbers recruited each year, so if you love rugby, join in force with your friends.

When numbers allow, the College plays within the Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport League and cups as well as festivals, friendly matches and tournaments at 15s, 10s and 7s. Players will also join other colleges across the South West to train and play a number of barbarian-style festivals and fixtures. Players are also given the opportunity to represent the College at a South West Colleges level and are encouraged to play in the county and regional set up within the Rugby Football Union Women’s player pathway.

As an England Rugby Partner College we are very successful in developing players in the under 16 age groups. The 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, while staying in Cornwall.

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Male Rugby Academy

What can I expect?

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.

You will engage in rugby related activities, which will include theory sessions, coaching, video analysis, fitness sessions, skills work and weight training. The Academy has toured to South Africa, Dubai and Canada, as well as competing at The Sanix Junior Rugby Tournament in Japan for a number of years.

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 (AoC) 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 includes winning the AASE League Plate at Allianz Park in 2014 and becoming finalists at the AoC Premier Cup in 2016.

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.

Honours

Team honours

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

Players’ honours

  • Jack Stanley – England Under 18s, Exeter Chiefs.
  • George Edson – U18 England tour to South Africa - 2022
  • 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.

our stories

Lucie looks at the camera smiling on a bright sunny day. She is wearing a black rugby shell jacket.

Lucie’s Story

Lucie progressed in her favourite sport by joining the Rugby Academy and has received an exceptional sporting offer as a result.
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Ben’s Story

Ben's hard work and dedication to his course and the Rugby Academy has earnt him a place in the England's Under 18s Rugby squad.
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Truro College
College Road
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 3XX

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