CHRISTIAN JUDGE is hoping to be fit for Cornwall’s County Championship final against Cheshire on Sunday.
Judge has yet to feature for the Duchy in this year’s campaign due to a shoulder injury he picked up in Plymouth Albion’s final league match of the season at Richmond.
A final decision on his fitness is likely to be made after training on Thursday.
“These last few weeks I have just done recovery stuff and mobility exercises and it is feeling pretty good,” said the 23-year-old tight-head prop.
“I am training this week and I’ll just see how it goes.”
Judge was part of Cornwall’s squad that won last year’s County Championship, coming on as a replacement in the final against Lancashire, and he would love the chance to return to Twickenham.
“I won’t say no – no-one would turn down the chance to get a run-out there,” said Judge.
“I haven’t been able to play in the (group) games so that might go against me. But to be fair, I have been to all the training sessions and all the games. I have enjoyed watching and supporting.
“I’ve just got to see how it goes.”
Judge enjoyed an impressive season for Albion in National One, missing just one game for the club after moving to Brickfields from Launceston. He also won the club’s official player of the year award.
However, he has decided to join Championship side Bedford Blues this summer.
There is a chance he will also get an opportunity to train with European champions Saracens thanks to Graham Dawe and Bedford’s director of rugby Mike Rayer.
“I’m not sure about the final details but I think something is in the pipeline,” Judge said.
“It would be a great opportunity, but first and foremost it is about Bedford. Pre-season starts there in a few weeks. My initial focus is on that and I’m really looking forward to Bedford.
“If I get an opportunity to go to Saracens as well for additional training to that Bedford then that would be amazing.”
Cornwall are bidding to secure back-to-back title for the first time in their history. Cheshire, though, have beaten Lancashire, Yorkshire and Eastern Countries to reach their first final for 14 years. Cheshire have not won the cup since beating Cornwall at Twickenham in 1998.