Perranporth Rugby are very proud to announce that John Sumnall, our outgoing Honorary Secretary, has taken up the prestigious role of President at Cornwall Rugby Football Union. This is a great honour and very well-deserved for John who has been involved with rugby for over 60 years.

Although John had to retire from the field of play in 1959 as a young man due to a series of knee injuries, his passion to the game did not allow him to completely hang up his boots or enthusiasm.

In 1960 he became the fixture secretary for Newcastle (Staffs) RUFC before moving to London in 1966 to become a student where he put his boots back on and began to referee.

His CV is impressive showing his commitment of service to rugby both in the UK & abroad, to date is tireless and without a break.

He was the founding chairman of The Bolingey Barbarians from 1993 to 2005 and became our representative to the CRFU in 2010.

John’s CV is very impressive and shows a commitment to our game that has not faulted:-

1960-1964?? Fixture Secretary, Newcastle (Staffs) RUFC.

1966 Began refereeing at Kings College Hospital RFC whilst a student in London.

1968-1971 Member of Staffordshire Referees Society.

1968-1971 Secretary, Newcastle (Staffs) RUFC.

1971-1976 Member of Western Province (South Africa) Society of Referees.

1974-1976 Committee Member Western Province Society of Referees.

1976-1977 Member of Staffordshire Referees Society.

1977-2007 Cornwall Society of Referees. Exchange Secretary, Secretary, Chairman, Assessor and represented Society on CRFU Committees including Disciplinary and during this period he was asked to serve on the Executive Committee of the CRFU and SW Society of Referees.

1993-2005 Founding Chairman of Bolingey Barbarians RFC.

1993-2005 Representative of Bolingey Barbarians RFC to CRFU.

2001-2004 Referee Assessor RFU

2005 President Bolingey Barbarians RFC

2010-2019 Representative of Perranporth RFC to CRFU.

2018-2019 Representative of Bolingey Barbarians RFC to CRFU

2018 President Elect Cornwall RFU

2019 President Cornwall RFU.

We are very lucky that John has agreed to remain part of our executive committee although he has stood down as honorary secretary.

When asked what his future aspirations in relation to his service on the CRFU, John says he strives to ensure that Rugby flourishes and those that are involved in rugby enjoy the same immense pleasure that he has had and has experienced from the game..

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