7:00am Tuesday 29th April 2014
By Ben Gilby
London Cornish RFC’s 51st season will live long in the memory as all four of the club’s sides have just enjoyed the best league placings in their history.
The 1st XV of the Roehampton-based club play in London Divison Two South West, the seventh tier of English rugby, and have had a sensational season that saw them finish third - their highest ever league position.
Prior to this season, Cornish had never won more than three straight games in this division, but a sensational run of form from the beginning of December until the end of the season saw 10 wins from their last 12 games, which included seven successive wins.
All of this was achieved after the injury ravaged travails of the previous campaign, which saw Cornish fighting an ultimately successful and heroic rearguard action to avoid relegation.
With the top two sides in the division, Guildford and Gosport & Fareham having gained promotion, Cornish will be focused on improving even further next season.
It is not just the first team that have had plenty to celebrate, three promotions in seven seasons saw the second string play in the regional level Zoo Sports Shield Division Three, where they finished sixth.
In 2012-13, the 3rd XV, known as The Choughs, completed back to back Championship seasons and will be contesting the Middlesex Merit Table Division One after rising three leagues in two seasons.
Cornish’s social side - The Dukes - took part Middlesex Merit Table Division Two for the first time this season having been awarded a double promotion following the unbeaten run to the Division Four Championship in 2012/13.
Meanwhile, London Cornish’s director of rugby Dickon Moon’s renowned coaching reputation has been recognised by his county after the new Cornwall coach, Graham Dawe, continued Dickon’s tenure with the Cornish coaching set up this season.
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