Students’ Six Nations glory

With the RBS Six Nations tournament in full-swing, a Cornish college is becoming known for producing the rugby stars of tomorrow.

With two former students featuring in the England squad and a current student making his mark in the England U20s team, Truro and Penwith College has developed a strong reputation for rugby excellence.

Newlyn’s Jack Nowell, who has already had a taste for representing his country in the sport last year when he scored three tries against Uruguay during the Rugby World Cup, has been a key player in England’s Six Nations campaign this year. He is now set to be joined by fellow Truro College alumni Luke Cowan-Dickie, from Penzance, who has been named as part of the squad to take on Wales this weekend at Twickenham.

Current student Billy Keast, from St Columb, has received multiple caps for the England U20s squad during this year’s Six Nations tournament, proving that he is one to watch for the future senior England team.

All three chose to study the Sport Performance and Excellence diploma at the College and were successful members of its Rugby Academy. In a joint initiative with the Exeter Chiefs, the Rugby Academy allows students aged 16-19 to stay in Cornwall to complete their education while receiving first-class rugby coaching. This set-up has seen native Cornish talent flourishing, with a host of names being signed as full professionals before they finish their studies.

Steve Larkins, the College’s Rugby Academy Leader, says: “The Truro and Penwith College Rugby Academy continues to produce outstanding players who have proven themselves nationally and internationally against the best.”