FORMER Hawick rugby star Greg Goodfellow is hoping to shine at Twickenham – and he’s vowed to celebrate with a rum and milk should his side Cornwall clinch cup glory, writes Jason Marshall.
Goodfellow, who made around 60 appearances for the Greens, is all set for today’s County Championship final, and with around 40,000 Cornish supporters set to descend on the home of English rugby to watch their heroes in action against Lancashire, it’s a game that can’t come quick enough for the 27-year-old scrum-half.
Speaking to the Hawick News, Goodfellow – who has played for English pro sides Mounts Bay and Cornish Pirates, and now turns out for Redruth RFC, said: “This Sunday will be phenomenal and I’m sure it will be an experience I’ll never forget.
“I’ll be representing not only Cornwall but my home town of Hawick, too, as I think I’ll be the first Hawick man to play at Twickenham for Cornwall.”
After the English domestic season draws to a close, each county picks their best players north and south to play for custody of the Bill Beaumont Cup, the highest level of the County Championship, and this is the second successive year that Goodfellow has caught the eye of selectors.
Cornwall last got to the championship final in 1991, and sealed their passage to this year’s showpiece match by beating Kent (away 26-17), Gloucestershire (away) 24-15, and Hertfordshire (home) 41-29 in front of 4,000 supporters.
Goodfellow continued: “Hopefully we’ll be the ones lifting the cup and I’m aiming to celebrate with a rum and milk which will be new to many of the boys I play alongside!”
Goodfellow, who lives in Penzance, and works as a sports lecturer and rugby academy manager, is also a former Hawick Wanderers and Hawick Albion player.