Redruth RFC (established 1875) is a rugby union club from the town of Redruth, Cornwall, currently playing in the fourth tier of the English league system, National League 2 South. The club runs a number of men's teams including 1st XV (National League 2 South), 2nd XV (Duchy League), Colts and a Select XV as well as a number of junior teams from age 7 through to 16. They are one of the most successful club sides in Cornwall, having won the Cornwall Cup 10 times and the Cornwall Super Cup 3 times, and are currently the second highest ranked club side behind the Cornish Pirates. Redruth enjoys a strong a rivalry with neighbours Camborne, with the two clubs meeting annually, in what is the world’s longest enduring rugby fixture.
|Full name||Redruth Rugby Club|
|Location||Redruth, Cornwall, England|
|Ground(s)||Recreation Ground (Capacity: 3,500 (580 seated))|
|League(s)||National League 2 South|
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Redruth RFC was founded in 1875 by Henry Grylls and W H Willimot. By the 1900s, the club was the most successful in Cornwall, a position they were to hold for much of the 20th century. In the 1930s, the team moved to the Recreation Ground near Plain an Gwary. At the time, the Recreation Ground was the third largest rugby ground in England. When the leagues started in 1987, Redruth was in the provincial league of South-West 1, which they won. The team then won the old League Four South in 1991 and gained promotion. In 2005, the club reached its highest-ever ranking by winning promotion into National Division One. The team finished 4th position in the 2006–07 season.
The Recreation Ground is situated on Cardrew Lane in Redruth, around five minutes walk from the town centre and Redruth railway station. The ground consists of a main pitch with a wooden grandstand alongside the club-house on the west side, and terraced grass banking on the other three sides. The ground also has several bars adjoining the grandstand, and there is also a secondary pitch for 2nd XV and junior fixtures. There is parking for around 100 cars but this is often limited on match-days and it is recommended that supporters park nearby in town.
The capacity of the Recreation Ground has varied over the decades. Up until the 1980s it was considered the third largest rugby ground in England (behind Twickenham and Leicester Tigers home of Welford Road) with an official capacity of 21,172, which included a number of temporary stands. This capacity was actually exceeded in 1969 when the ground hosted the final of the County Championship between Cornwall and Lancashire, when 25,000 are believed to have watched the game.
The removal of the temporary stands, coupled with a more zealous approach to safety, saw the grounds capacity reduce to 12,000 in the 1990s to the current capacity (2018) of around 3,500. This modern figure includes 580 seated in the grandstand, the rest standing with approximately 1,500 on the east bank, 800 on the north bank, 400 on the south bank and a further 200 or so in front of the grandstand/next to club house. In 2018 the local police gave an estimate of 3,000 but since Redruth were reported to have achieved an attendance of 4,000 for a National 2 promotion playoff game as recently as 2005, this is a little conservative.
As one of the traditional rugby powerhouses in Cornwall, Redruth are also one of the best supported, second only to the Cornish Pirates, and, despite mixed fortunes over the past decade, they remain the best supported club in National League 2 South, having topped the attendance charts every year since they arrived in the division during the 2011–12 season. Although the Recreation Ground no longer sees the huge crowds of yesteryear (even for Cornwall games), the 4,000 that attended Redruth's playoff victory against Macclesfield remains the clubs best crowd for a competitive fixture over the past couple of decades. The club also still draws large crowds (1,000+) for the traditional yearly fixture against neighbours Camborne.
Below is a summary of the club's league attendance since the 2000–01 season. The club enjoyed its best crowds during the 2008–09 season in the old National Division Two, thanks to derby games against fellow Cornish clubs, Launceston and Mounts Bay, both of which drew crowds in excess of 2,000. In recent years attendances at the Recreation Ground have fallen as the club has found itself without a Cornish league derby following the relegation of Launceston at the end of the 2015–16 season.
Below is a summary of Redruth's performances in competitive rugby since the advent of the leagues in 1987–88.
|Season||League||National Cup(s)||County Cup(s)|
|1987–88||South West 1 (5)||1st (promoted)||John Player Cup||2nd Round||Cornwall Cup||Winners|
|1988–89||Area League South (4)||4th||13||Pilkington Cup||2nd Round||Cornwall Cup||Winners|
|1989–90||Area League South (4)||3rd||14||Pilkington Cup||2nd Round||Cornwall Cup||Runners up|
|1990–91||National 4 South (4)[a 6]||1st (promoted)||24||Cornwall Cup||Winners|
|1991–92||National 3 (3)||5th||13||Pilkington Cup||1st Round|
|1992–93||National 3 (3)||4th||16||Pilkington Cup||4th Round||Cornwall Cup||Winners|
|1993–94||National 3 (3)||10th (relegated)||4||Pilkington Cup||2nd Round||Cornwall Cup||Runners up|
|1994–95||National 4 (4)||7th||14||Pilkington Cup||3rd Round||Cornwall Cup||Winners|
|1995–96||National 4 (4)||7th (promoted)[a 7]||14||Pilkington Cup||3rd Round||Cornwall Cup||Runners up|
|1996–97||National 3 (3)||15th (relegated)||16||Pilkington Cup||3rd Round|
|1997–98||National 2 South (4)[a 8]||9th||20||Tetley's Bitter Cup||1st Round||Cornwall Cup||Runners up|
|1998–99||National 2 South (4)||11th||17||Tetley's Bitter Cup||1st Round|
|1999–00||National 2 South (4)||5th||32||Tetley's Bitter Cup||3rd Round|
|2000–01||National 3 South (4)[a 9]||5th||29||Tetley's Bitter Cup||2nd Round||Cornwall Cup||Semi-finals|
|2001–02||National 3 South (4)||8th||24||Powergen Cup||1st Round||Cornwall Cup||Quarter-finals|
|2002–03||National 3 South (4)||7th||25||Powergen Cup||2nd Round||Cornwall Cup||Winners|
|2003–04||National 3 South (4)||4th||32||Powergen Cup||3rd Round||Cornwall Cup||Winners|
|2004–05||National 3 South (4)||2nd (promoted via playoff)||104[a 10]||Powergen Cup||3rd Round||Cornwall Cup||Semi-finals|
|2005–06||National 2 (3)||10th||51||Powergen Trophy||6th Round||Cornwall Cup||Runners up|
|2006–07||National 2 (3)||4th||92||EDF Energy Cup||4th Round||Cornwall Cup||Winners|
|2007–08||National 2 (3)||9th||58||EDF Energy Trophy||4th Round||Cornwall Super Cup||3rd|
|2008–09||National 2 (3)||3rd||94||EDF Energy Trophy||3rd Round|
|2009–10||National 1 (3)[a 11]||11th||69||Cornwall Super Cup||Winners|
|2010–11||National 1 (3)||14th (relegated)||62|
|2011–12||National 2 South (4)||6th||81|
|2012–13||National 2 South (4)||4th||94|
|2013–14||National 2 South (4)||9th||72||Cornwall Super Cup||Runners up|
|2014–15||National 2 South (4)||9th||66||Cornwall Super Cup||Winners|
|2015–16||National 2 South (4)||4th||110||Cornwall Super Cup||Winners|
|2016–17||National 2 South (4)||5th||101||Cornwall Super Cup||3rd[a 12]|
|2017–18||National 2 South (4)||5th||89|
|2018–19||National 2 South (4)||7th||69|
|2019–20||National 2 South (4)||3rd||114.90[a 13]|
|2020–21||National 2 South (4)|
|Green background stands for either league champions (with promotion) or cup winners. Blue background stands for promotion without winning league or losing cup finalists. Pink background stands for relegation.|
- First team
- Reserve team
- Cornwall Cup winners (10): 1979–80, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1994–95, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07
- South West 1 champions: 1987–88
- National League Division 4 South champions: 1990–91
- National Division Three (north v south) promotion play-off winner: 2004–05
- Cornwall Super Cup winners (3): 2009–10, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Rodda's Cup winners (13): 2010 (1), 2011 (1), 2012 (2), 2013 (1), 2014 (2), 2015 (2), 2016 (2), 2017 (2)[a 14]
The colts section is coached by Steve Larkins. The team has consistently finished highly in the national Colts competition, and won the U-17s cup and U-18s Cornwall Cup competitions in 2009.
- W. Abrahams – 2 appearances against Newport and Cardiff (1962)
- Andy Hawken – 2 appearances against the Combined Services (2002 and 2004)
- Darren Jacques – 1 appearance against Bedford (2009)
- C. "Bonzo" Johns – 2 appearances against Newport and Cardiff (1962)
- R. Keast – 1 appearance against Newport (1992)
- T. Pryor – 3 appearances against Newport, Penarth and East Midlands (1978)
- L. Semmens – 2 appearances against Newport and Cardiff (1948)
- H. Stevens – 1 appearance against East Midlands (1960)
- Terry Pryor (Captain)
- Darren Jacques
- Luke Collins
- Owen Hambly
- Peter Joyce
- Glenn Cooper
- Lewis Vinnicombe
- Sam Heard
|Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points for||Points against||Points diff||Try bonus||Losing bonus||Points|
|1||Taunton Titans (C)||25||20||0||5||815||521||294||17||4||101|
|2||Tonbridge Juddians (P)||25||21||0||4||810||366||444||13||1||98|
|6||Bury St Edmunds||24||15||0||9||660||489||171||12||6||78|
|14||Sutton & Epsom (R)||24||4||1||19||395||831||−436||5||3||26|
|15||Old Redcliffians (R)||23||3||2||18||329||648||−319||3||4||23|
|Green background is the promotion place. Blue background is the play-off place. Pink background are relegation places.|
Updated: 14 March 2020
Source: "National League 2 South". NCA Rugby.
- Note that Redruth are missing 2 home attendances out of 13 due to poor media coverage during the 2001–02 season.
- Note that Redruth are missing 8 home attendances out of 13 due to extremely poor media coverage during the 2002–03 season.
- Note that Redruth are missing 13 home attendances out of 13 due to extremely poor media coverage during the 2003–04 season.
- Note that Redruth are missing 2 home attendances out of 13 due to poor media coverage during the 2004–05 season.
- Note that Redruth only played 13 home games (out of 15) during the 2020–21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.
- RFU league restructuring for the 1990–91 meant that Area League South was renamed National 4 South.
- RFU league restructuring for the 1995–96 season would see National 4 abolished and meant that the top eight teams in that division (including Redruth) were promoted into National 3.
- RFU league restructuring for the 1997–98 season saw National 4 South be renamed as National 2 South.
- RFU league restructuring for the 2000–01 season saw National 2 South be renamed as National 3 South.
- The 2004–05 season would see the introduction of bonus points into National League English rugby union.
- RFU league restructuring for the 2009-10 season meant that National 2 was renamed to National 1.
- Redruth withdrew one game into the 2016–17 Cornwall Super Cup due to National League 2 South commitments leaving Camborne and Launceston to compete for the title.
- The season was postponed and ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom with Redruth sitting in 3rd, having played 25 games and gained 96 points. The remaining games were calculated on a 'best playing record formula', with Redruth remaining in 3rd place with 114.90 points.
- Note that the Rodda's Cup fixture between Redruth and Camborne is contested twice a season on a home and away basis, once on Boxing Day and then again in either March or April. Also note that as the cup was first competed for on the Boxing Day of 2010.
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