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CORNWALL’s oldest club Penryn Rugby Football Club are finally on the up again after a roller coaster three years. The “Borough” as they like to be known, were founded in 1872 and have recently endured some tough times.

After successive promotions led them to South West 1 and the verge of National League rugby, events after a first season of consolidation left the club reeling for some time.

A mass exodus in players including inspirational back rower and top try scorer Jamie Mann (now at Redruth) sucked the life out of the talented side that had done so well to reach the heights they had done, even beating Redruth at home in the cup that year. The future certainly did not pan out the way they wanted.

As money dried up and players left, Penryn were stripped to the very bare bones succumbing to heavy defeats on a regular basis and often travelling the length of the country to daunting fixtures with barely a XV mustered.

Inevitable relegation from South West One, was followed with another in South West Two, and then another in Western Counties. “Borough” had hit rock bottom, especially after working so hard to reach the heights of the previous three years.

In true Cornish and Penryn style, a big review was carried out, prompting the return of some key players who were passionate about the club and were prepared to ignore the financial rewards that could be sought elsewhere.

The likes of the Navy’s Dave Pascoe and Justin Doney, Mounts Bay’s playmaker Marek Churcher returned to the fold and club stalwarts Syd Savvas and club captain Kevin Hughes, alongside more blossoming young talents like Taron Peacock saw that Penryn were not going to have another season like the previous three.

Penryn dominated the Cornwall/Devon league being promoted to back to Western Counties as champions, winning 18 of their 22 games and enjoying a fine season playing confidently and in an entertaining manner.

In a season filled with success the Borough were defeated only once at home all year, and managed to secure heavy victories over local rivals Falmouth both home and away.

Coach Paul Trevaskis who has guided the Borough to a position more akin to their pedigree, has stuck with the tough job through the three years and is delighted to see the improvement.

“Penryn is a great community and family club,” said Trevaskis.

“We’ve come a long way since the day we were thumped by 100 points away to Exmouth taking only 15 on the coach. There is a core of players that were there that day and are still today and have helped us climb back up the ladder, and that speaks volumes for the club."

Although this is effectively the first step on the rung of the ladder to recovery, the Cornishmen can celebrate a fantastic year following three rather turbulent ones, and look forward to next season with the aim of returning to the heights they once reached.

Indeed, Penryn are the only club team to have ever faced the British and Irish Lions, something they did in 1973 against the legendary and unbeaten Lions of 1971, far from disgracing themselves in a 38-10 defeat.

Over the years the Borough has also produced some players of note who have gone on to make it in the professional era. The likes of Hugh Vyvyan of Saracens, and Tom Voyce, who will play for Gloucester after playing for Bath and Wasps, both played their mini rugby at Penryn, and Adryan Winnan, who is more recognised at the club as a Penryn boy, had a successful stint at Premiership side Saracens.

Ross Hancock

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