Neil Kelly to host open player trial at Cornwall

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Cornwall coach Neil Kelly will host an open player trial for the League 1 club in the New Year.

Kelly, who was Super League coach of the year in 2002 with Widnes, was appointed by rugby league’s newest professional club earlier this month.

The trial at the Memorial Ground in Penryn will take place on Sunday January 9.

He said: “If ever you have sat and watched a game of rugby league and thought ‘I could play that game, I would really like to play that game and it looks like a good game to play’, then I can guarantee you that it really is.

“If you are that person, with some rugby pedigree behind you; then I suggest you come down to Penryn on January 9 and make yourself available.

“You will get more than a good welcome and a real chance to put your skills on show in a trial game. We are really looking forward to it and we expect members of our squad to come from this trial game.

“Everyone will be treated with the appropriate seriousness. We are looking forward to tapping into this untapped seam of talent that Cornwall offers rugby league.”

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Kelly will be looking for players who grasp the lines of running, defence, footwork and more.

The club has already made a commitment to recruiting Cornish players in its inaugural season.

Club general manager, Gareth Reid, said: “As a club, we have made a commitment to recruiting Cornish players in our inaugural season, with a view to long term sustainability, developing a clear pathway to professional rugby league within the county and wider South West region.

“These inaugural trials are a crucial first step towards fulfilling this commitment as we look to tap into the wealth of rugby talent that exists already.

“Cornwall is known for producing some exceptional rugby talent. We fully expect to unearth some excellent prospects that will form not just a key component of our squad in 2022; but longer term, the core of Cornwall RLFC.”

Players wishing to attend the trial are requested to register by sending their details to

1 Comment

  1. Really looking forward to RL in Cornwall,
    showing the skills the wonderful game involves
    Shall certainly be travelling from Penzance to check it out
    Originally from Yorkshire started watching RL late 80’s(apart from family)the other passion I’ve missed is RL

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