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Cornwall Rugby Final

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:51pm 24th May 2013 (Updated 3:41pm 28th May 2013)

Cornwall are preparing to fight for glory in the County Championship.

The Black and Gold's are facing Lancashire in the final at Twickenham on Sunday.

It is the first time Trelawney's Army have made it this far in the contest in 14 years.

Former England rugby legend Phil Vickery, who started his career at Bude, said the whole of Cornwall is behind the players.

He said: "One of my best rugby memories is going to watch Cornwall in the County Championship final, seeing the black and gold at Twickenham. I'm sure the support will be there, if not in person, they'll certainly be there in spirit. I think the County Championship is, you know, it inspired me as a young man watching it.

"It is Twickenham but ultimately, you've earned the right to be there. Don't use it as something that's going to weigh you down, the occasion, use it to inspire and know that every single person in Cornwall will be behind you and with you and willing you on."

Coach Dave Thomas, who is retiring after the game, said he was confident Cornwall can win.

He said: "Going to Twickenham is, I suppose, every rugby player's dream, to go out on the hallowed turf there. I think they are very conscious that they are doing it for Cornish supporters as well because they gave us fantastic support.

"You realise you're going out onto the main theatre, if you like, of English rugby. And when the players line up in the tunnel to go out and they hear the roar of the crowd, I'm sure it will really take them back."

The Cornwall side to play Lancashire has been confirmed:

1. Darren Jaques (Redruth), 2.    Richard Brown (Redruth), 3. Craig Williams (Redruth), 4. Damian Cook (Redruth), 5. Ben Hilton (Captain; Cornish All Blacks), 6.    Chris Fuca (Redruth), 7. Sam Hocking (Plymouth Albion), 8. Ashley Lawton (Camborne), 9. Greg Goodfellow (Redruth), 10.    Paul Thirlby (Redruth), 11. Tom Notman (Redruth), 12.    Neilson Webber (Cornish All Blacks), 13. Steve Johns (Coventry), 14. Richard Bright (Cornish All Blacks), 15. Jake Murphy (Cornish All Blacks).

Replacements:  Neil Turner (Redruth), John Drew (Redruth), Lewis Vinnicombe (Redruth), Luke Collins (Redruth), Tom Rawlings (Cornish All Blacks), Matt Shepherd (St. Austell), Steve Perry (Unnattached).

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