Hall of Fame - The Heyday of Redruth Rugby Club

 
The other side of planet Earth is sandwiched between two World Wars. 
 
You’re preoccupied with 12,000 sheep at your farmstead in Wellington, NZ.
 
You also play a bit of rugby, for a team called the All Blacks.
 
One day in 1930, with three feisty rams in headlocks, you open a letter from FD Prentice announcing the forthcoming British Lions tour to the Antipodes.
 
You write back saying ‘bring it on’ and grind your team through the most sadistic training ordeal in order to eat your guests alive on the pitch.
 
It doesn’t go according to plan.
 
One man stands in your way – Roy Jennings.
 
Roy is the man who makes things happen for Redruth Rugby Club, who takes on the world’s greatest teams at the Recreation Ground in the 1930’s, and rewrites the David and Goliath script many times over.    
 
He is the proud Cornwall captain for many a season, somehow evading the England selectors despite 5 trails, yet makes the grade for the Lions.
 
Most painfully, he is a thorn in your side during the All Blacks tour of 1924 playing as a flanker ahead of his time.   
 
But now, he’s at centre – where he was born to be.
 
You should have done your homework - in one season at Redruth, he put winger Harry Faviell in for 63 tries, and laid on no end of sitters for Bill Phillips, Freddie Bone, Percy Rogers, Harold Curnow, Frank & Fred Rule, Yank & Len Roberts, Francis Gregory, Les Semmens and Gordon Robbins.    
 
As for the tour, he makes a fool of you with his unstoppable chest-high knee action as he tears through your defence and kicks the goals to rub in the salt.
 
Before the boat leaves back for Blighty, you try and tempt him to stay with enough land and livestock to feed the whole of Britain.
 
Modest Roy smiles, shakes your hand and declines the offer to get home to his leather shop in Reduth High Street.