Cornwall RLFC


Club Offer Training Trial for Prospective Players

May 19, 2023

Decarlo Trerise is just one of many local Cornish players to have played for the Choughs – Matt Friday/Cornwall Sports Media

Cornwall RLFC are offering the chance for prospective players to train with the senior squad on a regular basis, starting on Tuesday, May 30, to then potentially become members of our Betfred League 1 team. 

The club’s mantra of ‘Cornwall First’ has seen a number of local players pull on the famous black and gold and represent the Choughs as professional rugby league players over the past two seasons. 

And since Cornwall were incepted, the club have held two open player trials as one-off events. However, it is felt that attending training on a regular basis will be far more beneficial to prospective players, the club’s coaching staff and our current squad too.

“I’ve always said that this club should give Cornish boys an opportunity to wear Cornish shirts,” head coach Mike Abbott told

“We have had two trials and a number of players showed promise at those two events which, for some, led to appearances in League 1.

“But a weekend morning isn’t enough for us to gauge all the qualities that are needed to become a professional rugby league player. Yes, ability is ultimately the key factor, but we want to see attitude, application, physicality, commitment and how players fit in with the current group of boys we have got.

“Although this season hasn’t even reached the halfway point yet, we already have one eye on next year. We have benefited hugely this season from having a proper pre-season schedule and we will be looking to take what we have learnt this year, forward into 2024.

“We are also fully aware that this standard of competition is tough and so if all the assets that are needed in a player are demonstrated to us in training, there will undoubtedly be opportunities this year too.

“You only have to look at someone like Brad Howe who came along last year to have a look. We liked what we saw and so did Brad. He ran really well in the games he played and he decided to stick with us and have another crack.

“Decarlo Trerise, George Mitchell and Reece Boase are further examples of boys who came to training after showing promise and all have shown up well when playing in League 1.”

To attend training sessions, starting later this month, prospective players must register their interest with Cornwall RLFC’s general manager John Beach. We would like to (briefly) know the following information:

  • Preferred playing position
  • Experience (rugby league or union)
  • Height and weight

Highlight reels are desirable but not essential. 

Please email all the above to: