Annual Dinner and Awards Night

Saturday May 6th

Alverton Hotel, Truro.

6pm for 7.30pm. Carriages at Midnight.

Tickets, £36 per person from Eventbrite or Doug Moore

For rooms please book direct with The Alverton Hotel on 01872 276633 (10% discount)

Mystery guest speaker, you will not be disappointed!

Come and celebrate the Coronation with rugby royalty!


We are sad to report the passing of two great stalwarts of the Club and would like to extend our condolences to their families.

Jill Greet, a life-long resident of Portscatho, passed away recently at the age of 91 years after a short illness. She was a Vice-President of the Club since its founding in 1971. She was also an enthusiastic supporter of Penryn and latterly the Cornish Pirates and was often to be seen at the Mennaye. Jill never failed to pay her subscription to our Club by a cheque in the post every year for over 50 years. We will be forever grateful for her interest and support.

Tony Cowan has been well known to regular supporters on the touchline at Philleigh. He became involved with the Club in 2001 following a trip to see the British and Irish Lions in Australia with some long-standing Club members. For a number of years he took on the role of Team Secretary and became very adept at persuading, cajoling and encouraging players to turn out on Saturday whatever their very good reasons for non-availability! Tony rarely missed a game, home or away, whatever the weather. he regularly travelled with Roger Grove to games and doubtless their combined analysis would have ensured regular victories, if only we could have listened! Tony always enjoyed a couple of pints after the game and a chat with the players and the other supporters. He was much valued as a friend and respected by all who knew him. Tony passed away at home in Veryan. He will be sadly missed.

Sponsors’ and Past Players’ Day

Saturday March 4th 2023.

K.O. 2.30pm at Philleigh.

You are invited to join us for a great fixture between Roseland, currently placed fifth in the league and top of the league, Perranporth. This is always a challenging game recalling many battles of old. There will be a buffet lunch, for Club Sponsors and Past Players, in the Roseland Inn before the game and conviviality and beer afterwards.

All are welcome – Sponsors, Past Players, Supporters and Friends.

We look forward to seeing you.

A view from the touchline…….

As 2022 comes to a close, we take our Christmas/New Year break hoping that all our members and supporters have enjoyed plenty of festive cheer.  

The first half of the season has been challenging for junior club rugby nationwide with Cornwall being no exception.  An alarming number of scheduled fixtures have been cancelled due to falling player participation – it’s good to see that the RFU and CRFU are proactively trying to address the situation as best possible.  On a positive note, this makes it all the more pleasing to report that Roseland RFC has suffered no such fate.  

We have played all 12 of our scheduled pre-Christmas league fixtures, the only exception being our away trip to Camelford who have unfortunately withdrawn from the league due to a continued lack of players.   Our playing record stands at 5 wins and 7 losses as we stand a very respectable 7th out of 10 in Counties 3 Cornwall League.

Having opened strongly against the incredible Redruth Albany, who somehow keep going despite a -792 points difference from 11 games so far this season, we took a bit of a battering away at Launceston.   Then followed a home defeat to St Agnes, when we fell foul of the new guidelines designed to get matches played with less than 15 a side when we thought we had been conceded a victory, and a tough loss at St Just was next.   Hardly in crisis yet in need of a result, the boys bounced back immediately with an away win at Bude (amazing what a bus trip does!) and a great home win against our greatest rivals, Lankelly Fowey in front of an excellent crowd.

Spirited performances followed against a very strong Camborne outfit and Wadebridge, the latter unluckily resulting in a narrow defeat in injury time.   Defeat followed at a rejuvenated Perranporth, in the howling wind and rain, but then possibly the highlight of the season so far – Launceston were our visitors with our boys seeking to avenge a painful 75-10 thrashing in September.  The lads pulled it off with a cracking 17-15 win care of an injury time try.  Finally, at table topping St Agnes, the lads put in another great shift to come away with a losing try bonus point, scoring six tries in total including the final score of the game.  

Most recent was the traditional friendly Boxing Day fixture with Truro – at Truro this year, the game was full of cheer and played in an excellent spirit.   I don’t know what the score was except that both teams scored plenty of tries with Truro expectedly coming out on top.

And so we move on to 2023 and a further 6 league matches, the first of which is the challenging visit of St Just to Philleigh on 7th January, when we hope to see many of you.  This season’s format is such that our league season ends in early March following which various cup competitions commence.  We have been drawn against Camborne School of Mines in the Cornwall Clubs Cup and have elected to enter the Papa John’s Community Cup.  Regionalised in the early rounds, our initial opponents are not yet known be we look forward to it nonetheless, especially as the competition final takes place at Twickenham at the end of April – now that really would be “living the dream” ! 

This just leaves us to thank all our members and sponsors for your continued support and to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.



(Nick Sylvester, Secretary)


Merry Christmas to and from everyone at Roseland RFC.

Boxing Day.

Truro v. Roseland

K.O. 11.00 am

See you there.

Roseland RFC launches foodbank collection

Starting with our home game against Lankelly this Saturday we will be collecting foodbank contributions for the local area. Any tins and packets and also toiletries will be most welcome. Please bring your donations to any of our home games for onward distribution to our local foodbanks.

Thank you for your help in helping others.


We have a limited supply of tickets for England home matches at Twickenham against Scotland (4th February) and France (11th March).

Inevitably prices have risen considerably – we do have excellent Category 1 tickets but be aware these are £137 each. 

All members are invited to register interest by email to by Monday 24th October at the latest.


Fixtures 2022-2023

League matches are in Counties Three Tribute Cornwall

Kick-off times – 3pm during BST and 2.30pm during GMT unless otherwise stated.

10/9/22 – Redruth Albany (H)

17/9/22 – Launceston II (A)

24/9/22 – St Agnes (H)

1/10/22 – St Just (A)

15/10/22 – Camelford (H)

22/10/22 – Bude II (A)

29/10/22 – Lankelly-Fowey (H)

5/11/22 – Camborne II (A)

12/11/22 – Wadebridge II (H)

26/11/22 – Perranporth (A)

3/12/22 – Redruth Albany (A)

10/12/22 – Launceston II (H)

17/12/22 – St Agnes (A)

26/12/22 – Truro (A) 12 Noon kick-off

7/1/23 – St Just (H)

14/1/23 – Camelford (A)

21/1/23 – Bude II (H)

28/1/23 – Lankelly-Fowey (A)

11/2/23 – Camborne II (H)

18/2/23 – Wadebridge II (A)

4/3/23 – Perranporth (H)

Thank You One and All

Roseland Rugby Club thanks all those people; players, past-players, vice-presidents, sponsors, spectators and assorted children, who have supported the various events that we held to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Club.

Apart from some good rugby, a great deal of conviviality and the valuable renewal of old acquaintances, a total of £3,605 was raised for ‘Parkinson’s UK’ and various Cornish children’s charities.

Thank You One and All.

Copies of the booklet “Celebrating 50 Years of Rugby on the Roseland” are available in the Harbour Club, Portscatho or from Chris Thomas on 01872 580495 or

AGM – Officers and committee

With the AGM coming up it seems a good time to explain / remind members the of various roles which exist within the Club and most of which will be elected at the meeting to be held at The Roseland Inn at 8.15 pm (after training) on Tuesday 4th July. If you are interested in becoming more involved do please put your name forward.


President – In effect this is an honorary position within the club that is commonly (but not necessarily) held by a former club Chairman, Club Captain or figure in the local community. In terms of activity, there is no “job description” so the individual is free to be as active as he or she wants to be within the club.  That said, the President should support and promote the club, understand our values and ideally be visual at most club events.

Chairman – As the name implies he/she runs the Committee and Committee Meetings and assumes the role of “Managing Director” as such in having an overview of all club activity and business.  In particular, the Chairman acts as the club figurehead and spokesman when it comes to dealing with the most important of club matters and the individual most likely to represent the voice of the club externally.

Vice-Chairman – A capable stand-in for the Chairman who also actively participates in all other activities within the club.  This position is often held by a retiring a Chairman or Chairman to be.

Treasurer – The specific person who looks after money and the club accounts. That would involve cash/cheques/standing orders coming in (whether subs, grants, legacy, sponsorship, etc.) or money leaving the account (whether new kit, payment for events, transport, laundry, rent, catering, etc.).  Professional experience in this area is therefore preferable.

Secretary – The administration person who is normally the first point of contact when it comes to general correspondence and who, in particular, supports the Chairman when it comes to arranging and conducting all meetings.  He/she is responsible for providing full written agendas and minutes of meetings so as to ensure that a full and proper record of club business is recorded and retained. 

Fixture Secretary – Responsible for the arrangement of fixtures (apart from those designated by CRFU/RFU) & fulfillment thereof, referees, timings and venues.

Social & Media Secretary – Responsible for co-coordinating, arranging, promoting and fulfillment of all social events together with ensuring that such events are posted on club social media platforms.  In practice other members of the Committee assist with many social events resulting in unofficial social sub-committees which ensure greater promotion and generally a sharing of the burden of tasks/workload.  

CRFU Representative – As the “go between” between club and CRFU, this external position involves representing the club from time to time at CRFU meetings/events.  The depth of responsibility depends on how involved the individual wants to be within CRFU but the key issue lies in reporting back to the Committee (or Secretary if preferred) on information provided by CRFU and presenting Roseland RFC issues/opinion when required. 

Other Committee Members – Not necessarily responsible for any particular aspect at outset but an active club member with a genuinely keen interest to get involved with the running of the club, attending meetings and being proactive especially where individual skill sets, contacts and interests are needed.  

All the above positions are voluntary and elections are entirely democratic.   The most important thing for our Committee is that it’s members are genuinely keen to be involved, have the best interests of the club at heart and that each is prepared to actively contribute throughout the full calendar year.