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25 September 2014

Famous Cornish rugby players

A number of sports stars and business leaders have added their name to the roll call of people supporting plans for a Stadium For Cornwall.

The Cornish pirates plan to build a stadium near Truro which would help them achieve their aims of becoming the first Cornish side to play in the rugby Premiership.

The stadium would also be shared by Truro City as they try to climb the football pyramid.

The plans are site to be looked at by Cornwall Council shortly and a number of people have thrown their weight behind the campaign supporting the plan.

The people supporting the plan, which would potentially see premiership rugby being played near to our luxury cottages in Cornwall, include ex-England prop Phil Vickery and former England captain Bill Beaumont, who is chairman of the Rugby Football Union.

So as the plans, which could bring £7m into the economy, get set to be decided upon we thought we’d look at some famous rugby players you may not have known came from Cornwall.


Phil Vickery, who we’ve already mentioned is supporting the Stadium For Cornwall pans, isn’t the only English world cup winner from Cornwall.

Trevor Woodman was also a member of the 2003 world cup winning squad and he hails from Cornwall too.

As for celebrity Masterchef star Phil, he’s from Bude and still lives in the county.

A lock

The ever-green Hugh Vyvyan played for Conrwall before rugby went professional and went on to play for England post 1995.

The tough as teak second rower also played for Newcastle and Saracens in a long playing career at the top level.

Sevens stars

Ben Gollings and Rob Thirlby were two mainstays of the hugely successful England Sevens side which won almost every title going during the noughties.

Ben still holds the record for the most points scored in the international form of the shortened game – and both come from the duchy.

A fly-half

Ex-Bath, Gloucester and Racing Metro star Olly Barkley has travelled a lot since his days growing up in Wadebridge.

He’s not only played for several clubs but has also been capped several times for England.

He currently plays for London Welsh.

Two young speedsters

One of the most recent new England caps is also a Cornish lad – and so is a Fijian international.

Josh Matavesi was born in Camborne to a Fijian father and Cornish mother and has played for his dad’s country five times.

The recent England cap is Jack Nowell, who is just 21.

He played for England in this year’s Six Nations campaign and has just made a comeback from injury with Exeter in the premiership.

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