RUGBY: Cornish team want another Twickenham trip

RUGBY: Cornish team want another Twickenham trip

RUGBY: Cornish team want another Twickenham trip

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DENIS Preece said Cornwall will be looking to make it third time lucky at Twickenham next May.

The fixtures for the 2015 Bill Beaumont Cup were announced last Wednesday and will see the Duchy’s side travel to Gloucestershire and Kent on May 9 and 16 before welcoming Hertfordshire on May 23.

If they come through the Southern group, a trip to the home of English rugby Twickenham would await them on May 31.

Should Cornwall make it to the final, it would be their third in a row. The previous two have both resulted in losses to Lancashire, 35-26 in 2013 and 36-26 earlier this year.

However, the county’s rugby union board chairman Preece said the team will be aiming for a final place in 2015, adding they do not want to be runners-up again.

“We all want to go back to Twickenham,” he said.

“Hopefully if we get there again, we can make it third time lucky for us. Lancashire had a good bench in May and utilised that, but we gave them a real challenge and we can take confidence from this.

“We were very close to winning in both 2013 and 2014 finals and I think we have a very good squad around us with a number of the guys from last year still available.

“I’m hoping by the time the championship comes round in May around 99 per cent will still be making themselves available.

“In the last two years, it hasn’t been our time to win, but if we get to Twickenham again we’ll make it our time.”

In the 2014 competition, Cornwall who last won the cup in 1999 had two home games and one away during the group stage.

Despite have to make an extra journey out of the county in 2015, Preece believes this will not be a problem for the team.

Preece said: “You cannot take issue from the draw as that is just the way it comes.

“It was good last time to have the two home games as it gave us a bit of home advantage and also helped us make a bit of money.

“We have to take each game as it comes. Rugby is a game you have to win home and away.”

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