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Twickenham was a sea of black and gold yesterday as thousands of Cornish rugby fans travelled to London for the County Championship Final.
But they were up against favourites Lancashire, who were looking for their fourth cup win in five years.
Tim Walsh reports:
Cornwall's loosehead prop, Darren Jacques, says the county will come back stronger next year:
Cornwall's captain Ben Hilton praised the thousands of fans wearing black and gold who made the long journey to support the county:
Cornwall were narrowly beaten by Lancashire in the County Championship Final at Twickenham yesterday.
It was Cornwall coach Dave Thomas' last match in charge of the county, ending a 38 year association with the team. After the game he said he was a very proud man:
Cornwall have been beaten by Lancashire in rugby's County Championship final at Twickenham.
Lancashire scored three tries in the first half, before Neilson Webber pulled one back for the Duchy.
Cornwall had the better of the second half and were awarded a penalty try in the 48th minute.
Lewis Vinnicombe also crossed the line to reduce the deficit to just two points, but Paul Thirlby missed the chance to level with a failed conversion.
Late in the game, Ben Rath's converted try won the match for Lancashire, sending thousands of Cornish fans home disappointed.
Thousands of Cornish rugby fans are heading to Twickenham today to watch Cornwall take on Lancashire in the final of the County Championship.
It's the first time the Duchy have reached the final since 1999.
Kick-off is at 3.15pm.
Thousands of Cornish rugby fans are heading to Twickenham this weekend to watch the Cornwall team play in the County Championship final against Lancashire.
The Duchy stormed to victory against reigning champions Hertfordshire in the semi-finals last weekend with a 41-29 win at Camborne.
It's the first time the team have reached the final for 14 years, as Francesca Carpenter reports:
Thousands of rugby fans from the region are expected to travel to Twickenham this weekend. Cornwall have reached the final of the County Championship for the first time since 1999.
The Duchy are up against Lancashire on Sunday, competing for the Bill Beaumont Cup. The match will also be coach Dave Thomas' last match in charge.