FIRST CAPS FOR HAKES DUO:
St Ives duo Tom Nicholas (Penzance Fire Station) and Mark Sherris (Truro Fire Station) won their first caps for the UK Fire Service team when they went down 22-10 to the Italian Fire Service at Calvisano last weekend, writes Nigel Walrond.
They were joined from the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service team by former Redruth, Truro and Hayle prop David Moyle, from Camborne Fire Station.
"We were out in Italy for two days and it was a really good experience and I hope to get picked again in the future," said 22-year-old winger Nicholas, who started the game against the Italians before being replaced by Sherris just after half-time.
Moyle also came on as a replacement in the second half for the UK, whose points came from a converted try and a penalty.
"It was great hearing the national anthems being played before the game," added Nicholas.
"We were also presented with ties and it was nice to meet people from other fire services around the UK, with a large contingent of Welshmen on the trip.
"The match was played about an hour away from Milan, and in temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees. It was absolutely roasting. The Italians were good. There were big tackles going in all the time and they were quick in the ruck area and some decisions didn't go our way."
Nicholas and Sherris did well to play for the UK team as they are yet to represent the English Fire Service team, but they are hopeful of being selected for that sometime in the future.
The trip was particularly sweet for them at the end of a tough club season, in which St Ives were relegated from Western Counties West.
"I only played half the season due to work commitments, but I am looking to do the whole of next season," explained Nicholas.
DAY OF COACHING SET UP BY COUNTY COACHES:
The Cornwall Rugby Union Coaches' Association have arranged a day of coaching for all coaches, teachers and those interested in the game to observe coaching of the highest level.
The highly successful Exeter Chiefs coaching team of Rob Baxter and Ali Hepher will deliver practical sessions on various aspects of the game and be available for a question and answer session.
The sessions will be of interest to coaches from all levels of the game.
The day will take place at Newquay Sports Centre on Sunday July 22. starting at 10.30am (coffee at 10am) and finishing at 4pm.
To book a place (lunch included) send a cheque for £10 payable to the CRFU to Mike Bratt, Cornwall's rugby development officer to PO Box 297, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 9EA.
RFU'S WEEK OF RUGBY:
The Cornwall RFU are running a week of rugby during the summer holidays for players of all abilities.
The object of the sessions is to improve the basic skills of each player and help them to achieve their full potential.
Dates: Monday July 30 (Year 9, Sept 2012), forwards only; Tuesday July 31 (year 7 primary pupils, year 7 secondary Sept 1); Wednesday August 1 (Year 8 (Sept 2012) ( Under-13); Thursday August 2 (Year 9 (Sept 2012 (Under-14); Friday August 3 (Year 10 (Sept 2012), Under-15.
Details of the Years, 8 9 and 10 courses are on the CRFU website under player development net. Junior schools have details of the Year 6 day.
Monthly training sessions for u15, U14 and U13 players will be held from September through to March.
The Under-15 training will be held at Truro College, while the Under-14s and 13s can choose from one of the five centres which are based at Launceston, Newquay Tretherras School, Penryn College, Pool School and Penwith College.
Details are on the CRFU website, under player development.
AWARDS FOR VOLUNTEERS:
Two new sports volunteers received the accolade of being the Cornwall Sports Partnership's 'Sport Makers of the Month' for which they both received a £50 voucher for Tony Pryce Sports.
Simon Court from Penryn and Wendy Creed from Truro were announced by the Cornwall Sports Partnership as the two volunteers who have shown outstanding efforts since becoming a part of the Sport Makers programme.
In Cornwall the programme is being sponsored by Tony Pryce Sports and both volunteers were awarded a £50 voucher by the store in Truro. Sport Makers aims to inspire over 400 people in Cornwall to get involved in volunteering, with each of them receiving training and spending at least ten hours organising or leading sporting activities.
It is open to anyone aged 16 and over and is part of the Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.
Simon and Wendy signed up to the programme earlier in the year and since then have helped a number of people take part in sport.
Simon, who works for Falmouth University Tremough Campus, helped to voluntarily organise and run the 2012 Tremough Community Games which saw over 350 attendees get involved in a number of fun sports activities.
Wendy, a student at Truro College, spent her volunteering hours organising and running the 3 day 'All Ability and All Inclusive Cycling Networking Conference' which received over 100 participants.
To be in the running for a £50 Tony Pryce voucher, while doing your bit for your local community, become a Sport Maker. Register now at www.sportmakers.co.uk or contact Jackie Lawrence at the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323336 / firstname.lastname@example.org