Top 5 Penryn RFC players of all time
To celebrate Penryn RFC’s League title win we at Solent Newsdays have decided to look back through the club’s history and have put together a list of some of the greatest rugby players to have played for Penryn.
5. Roger Harris.
This Former Penryn hooker and Captain was a key part of the very successful Penryn side of the 1960s. He played 62 times for Cornwall including kicking the first points of their infamous 9-11 loss to Lancashire in the Counties Cup final of 1969. Unfortunately he was never capped by England despite appearing as a replacement on numerous occasions. Upon retirement Harris went into coaching, lending his expertise to clubs such as Penryn and Perranporth.
4. Hugh Vyvyan
Vyvyan only spent a season with Penryn but still left a lasting impression. Even from an early age the 6’6″ forward showed great promise by creating rugby history, as he made up part of a rugby sevens team comprised entirely of brothers. The team would go on to win back to back Sevens tournaments in 1993 and 1994. After leaving Penryn, Vyvyan played in the Premiership for various teams such as Newcastle Falcons and Saracens, who he later captained. He is currently the 7th all time appearance maker in the division and was inducted into the Premiership hall of fame in 2016. He did go on to play for England once, against Canada, where he also scored a try.
3. Roger Hosen
Started his career at Penryn after growing up in nearby Mabe. Hosen amassed 54 caps for Cornwall and most remarkably went on to captain his county at cricket. Hosen played over 250 times for Northampton saints and also appeared for England on 10 occasions between 1963 and 1967. After retiring Hosen moved back to cornwall where he became Landlord of the Seven Stars pub in Stithians and continues to play rugby for his local team.
2. Ken Plummer
Penryn born winger who always had a strong affinity for the club. At just 16 years old Plummer impressed on his Penryn debut scoring 5 tries. His clear talent impressed the likes of bigger clubs and he went on to play at the top level of English rugby for Bristol in 1968. Just a year later and Plummer would be making the first of his four international caps against Wales at Twickenham. Plummer may be known best by Cornish rugby fans for being part of the famous 1969 Cornish team who lost out to Lancashire in the Counties Cup final. A match played in front of over 20,000 people in Redruth. After retiring Plummer would become chairman of Penryn RFC and later President of the Cornish RFU.
1. Vic Roberts
Roberts was the last person to represent England whilst still playing for Penryn doing so through out the 1940s and 1950s. Roberts gained a total of 16 caps for the national team and even scored a try on his debut against France. He was also able to reach the pinnacle of British rugby by being selected to be part of the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1950. His career was rewarded by being given the freedom of Penryn in 1966 and he is still regarded by many as one of the greatest Cornish sportsman of all time.