Cornwall celebrated retaining the Bill Beaumont Cup following a 35-13 triumph over Cheshire at Twickenham Stadium. Graham Dawe’s squad were impressive throughout and their north west opposition’s hopes for a re-run of their last victorious outing in 1998, when they defeated Cornwall 21-14, was not to be.


The black and gold were dominant, and said Head Coach Graham Dawe “This means a lot to the many supporters who are here and to all involved in Cornish rugby. It’s a special day for Cornish rugby. To win this competition two years in a row is fantastic and our team showed how good they are. We came up against a very tough Cheshire side. We were very impressed by the quality of their players.”

East Midlands claimed their first ever County Championship Division 2 Plate title in a hotly-contested 33-27 victory over Kent. “It was an incredibly even contest and fair play to Kent for such a tough game,” said Mark Lavrey, chief director of East Midlands. “The coaches and players are absolutely over the moon. We’ve never been here before so to win today is absolutely fantastic.”

Hampshire also secured their first ever victory at Twickenham following a five- try 33-11 triumph over Staffordshire in the Country Championship Shield final. “It’s been a brilliant day,” said Hampshire team manager Simon Burns. “We were under real pressure at times but we stayed calm and then we were clinical when we needed to be to do the double this season is fantastic for Hampshire rugby and all the players in this county. It can now act as an incentive to future players.”

Across the road at the Twickenham Stoop, Surrey beat Lancashire 32-17 to win the inaugural Women’s County Championship, being crowned winners by RFU President, Jason Leonard, in front of the crowd at Old Mutual Wealth Cup England v Wales.

“Young or old, male or female, county rugby is one of the great elements of our game,” said Helen Duggan, chair of the Women’s County Championship Committee. “The County Cup and Plate competition’s sole aim is helping to develop players and the women’s game across the regions. We will learn lots from this first year to improve the Cup and Plate so they, hopefully, become a pillar of county rugby in their own right.”