Launceston RUFC

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For the Australian club, see Launceston Rugby Union Football Club.
Cornish All Blacks
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Full name Launceston Rugby Club
Union RFU
Nickname(s) Cornish All Blacks
Founded 1948; 66 years ago (1948)
Ground(s) Polson Bridge (Capacity: 6,000)
Coach(es) Neil Bayliss
League(s) National League 2 South
2013–14 12th
Polson Bridge, home of Launceston Rugby Club

Launceston Rugby Club are a Cornish rugby club who play in National League 2 South of the English rugby union leagues.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1948 after an inaugural meeting chaired by the then Headmaster of Launceston College, Mr Spencer Toy with Gordon Reeve, Eric Smith and Arthur Venning (who is still a member). By Spring 1949, the club had its own ground that it rented from the council (now a factory site of its main sponsor DS Smith Plc), with scaffolding poles for goal posts and ex-army huts for changing rooms and a clubhouse. The club moved to another site when the Town Council sold the land, but again moved on in 1969 when the club had the vision to refuse becoming part of the proposed Sports Centre. The ground at Polson Bridge was purchased in 1969, with developments such as floodlights, enlarged clubhouse, present changing rooms and finally their Grandstand being added over the years.

In 1981 they then went on to win the Cornwall County Cup for the 1st of many since wins and started their remarkable climb to be one of the top 40 sides in England (from a town with a population of 7000). LRFC gained promotion to National League Division 3 South (level 4) in 2000 and were runners up in their 1st season, losing in the play-off away to National 3 North side Sedgley Park. The following season, 2001–02, LRFC were 2nd again, but this time won the play-off against Dudley Kingswinford, and were promoted to Division Two (level 3). They were unfortunate to be relegated after a most unusual series of results on the last day of the season. However in 2003-04 Launceston bounced right back by again finishing runners up but winning the play-off away to Halifax RFC. LRFC finished in 5th position in National League Division 2 (level 3) in 2004-05 Season but by the end of the 06/07 season they had been promoted to English National Division 1 (level 2). On April 26, 2008, the Cornish All Blacks suffered a final day relegation back down to Division 2 (level 3) as an unexpected sequence of final day results saw relegation threatened Birmingham & Solihull R.F.C. and Sedgley Park R.U.F.C. pull off dramatic wins against Bedford and Rotherham respectively. The Cornish All Blacks were relegated when they had actually won more games than either of their two rivals. In truth the damage had been done earlier in the season when losses against Newbury (away), Nottingham (away), Sedgley Park R.U.F.C.(away), Birmingham & Solihull R.F.C. (away), Esher (home) came back to haunt the coaching staff and players.

  • 2008-09: Finished 7th in National League 1 (level 3)
  • 2009-10: Finished 3rd in National League 1 (level 3). Equivalent to 27th best club in the country. The highest result achieved by the Cornish All Blacks.
  • 2010-11: Launceston Rugby Football Club Ltd went into administration. A new company Launceston Rugby Club Ltd was formed. The RFU gave the Cornish All Blacks a 20 point deduction. The Cornish All Blacks won only 10 of 30 games for a points total of 44 after the 20 point deduction. Ironically 64 points was the minimum to prevent relegation. The Cornish All Blacks were relegated along with Redruth and Otley.
  • 2011-12: Finished 7th in National 2 South (level 4) winning 16 of 30 games.
  • 2012-13: Finished 7th in National 2 South (level 4) winning 14 of 28 games.
  • 2013-14: Finished 12th in National 2 South (level 4) winning 15 of 30 games.

Club honours[edit]

  • South West 1 champions: 1999/00[1]

Current standings[edit]

2014–15 National League 2 South Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Bishop's Stortford 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Cambridge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Canterbury 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Chinnor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Clifton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Cornish All Blacks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Dings Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Dorking 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Henley Hawks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Lydney 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Old Elthamians 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Redruth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Shelford 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Southend 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Taunton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Worthing Raiders 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.
Updated: 11 June 2014
Source: "National League 2 South". NCA Rugby. 


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