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NOV

Saturday May 12th, 2012, will be a land mark day in Cornish rugby club St. Agnes’s history when they celebrate their 40th Anniversary season with a special match against the might of a London Wasps Legends side at their cliff side Enys Park home complete with spectacular views along the Cornish coastline.

In fact, it’s probably fair to say, it will be the biggest day in the clubs history and it’s very much down to the arrival in the North coast village, back in 2006, of surfing fan and England’s 2003 IRB World Cup winning full-back Josh Lewsey MBE.

Now 35 and with 55 England appearances plus three British Lions outings and a stunning professional career with London Wasps behind him, Josh, who works as a Sales Trader for Citibank in the City of London, is never happier than when he can pack up his bags, hop in the car and head for St. Agnes where he has a house bang in the heart of the village.

He admits, with obvious passion: “I love the surfing and I love the closeness of the community, the people are great and I feel I’m entirely at home in the village.

“It’s just what life should be about and anything I can do to contribute to the local community I’m more than happy to do.”

This season he has already demonstrated that commitment by turning out in the St. Agnes RFC colours on several occasions and, against Redruth Albany, even persuaded his good friend and former visiting England teammate Dan Luger to help out the opposition in the second-half.

Josh himself donned the No.10 shirt as, watched by an ever increasing crowd, St. Agnes, or `Aggie’ for short, maintained their best start to a season for some time beating Albany 61-0 to extend their early unbeaten Cornwall 2 league run.

And, at the half-way stage in their 2011/12 league campaign, they remained unbeaten in six games and were four points clear of the pack having knocked up 292 points to just 51 against!

From the cut and thrust and heavyweight demands of international and Aviva Premiership rugby to play for a side at the very opposite end of the rugby spectrum is the complete antithesis of what’s gone before but, for Josh, it’s all just about the game and enjoying yourself with your mates.

“It’s just doing something for the village having a run around and then a few pints in the evening afterwards,” he points out with his usual cheeky grin. “It’s all about enjoyment out there and throwing the ball about and having some fun”

Having a player of Josh’s pedigree on the field has certainly had a galvanising effect on the St. Agnes players who have all raised their game as full back Jamie Watkins readily admits.

He says: “The boys have loved it and you can tell that when he’s playing with us as he gives us a boost to our confidence. To play with an England player and World Cup winner is amazing, but what Josh also does well is that he doesn’t go out to run rings around everyone, he pushes us a lot and he also says that he won’t score any tries so we need to work harder.”

“The game St. Agnes like to play is a fast one through the hands as we don’t have big forwards, so it’s the type of rugby Josh likes to play and has done for the whole of his career.”

Jamie, in fact, demonstrates the family orientated nature of the St. Agnes squad as his wife Emma is the club secretary while brother Kit, who turns out in the second row, is the team secretary and the sides longest serving player.

Along with Sam Sargent, Jamie is also coach to the clubs U14 team who were `over the moon’ when Josh, earlier in the season, turned up on a Sunday morning to lend a hand with their coaching.

“He came up and helped train us which was really nice,” recalls Jamie. “He put them through their paces and you can imagine just how much the kids loved it when he came into the dressing room.”

But, for Josh himself, there has been a bit of a set-back recently as, while taking part in the annual Golden Oldies tournament out in Bermuda, he has seriously damaged his ribs which will certainly keep him off the park for the rest of this season.

But, at least, that leaves him free to push the game forward in other areas.

“I have a passion about Cornish rugby doing well,” Josh reveals. “Sport has the ability to do unbelievable things and it’s the biggest untapped resource in terms of rugby and such a passionate area, but with nothing to get behind.

“I would even love them to have a Premiership club down there one day.”

With someone like the mountaineering Josh Lewsey staunchly behind such a project anything is possible!

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