Public schools might have been the birthplace of English rugby, and Twickenham its head, but its beating heart is in Cornwall.
Camborne, Newlyn, Launceston, Redruth. Not places you see on tourist brochures but games between these sides have produced attendances to rival the top flight almost anywhere in the world.
And local rivalries are just the start.
The Cornish are more than a county, they are a nation. A nation with two symbols, two rallying cries - the St Piran's cross and the black and gold of the county rugby team.
Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev, Red Star Belgrade, and Croatia Zagreb have all been symbols of nationality in a wider state. Cornwall doesn't have a league football team to represent them – there is no need – they have
On April 20th, 1991 some 40,000 Cornishmen and women marched on south-west London, twice the population of the county capital Truro, and returned home as English champions for the first time since 1908.
This was a golden period for the county – reaching five Twickenham finals in 10 years – and there is movement in the south-west again.
A decade ago Richard 'Dicky' Evans took control of Penzance and Newlyn RFC – the Pirates.
He embraced professionalism and - drawing on a fortune earned largely in Kenya - he drove the club through the Western Counties League, the Nationwide Leagues, and to the brink of the Premiership.
Talent from Africa and the Southern Hemisphere has been on show at the Mennaye ground and attendances swelled.
But the ground is now holding the club back, Premiership stadia must hold 15,000 and there is no room for this 1930s site to expand.
The Pirates of Penzance and Newlyn moved to Truro – an hour away from their traditional fanbase – and re-branded themselves as the Cornish Pirates.
Last season attendances rose and the club finished third, but this experiment to unite Cornwall behind one club that plays in the Premiership is controversial and uncertain.
The high cost of renting the new ground, not to mention the expense and inconvenience of shipping fans across the county, has now seen the Pirates abandon their central-Cornwall base and move in with traditional rivals Camborne.
There have been mutterings of discontent among the faithful, that their club has been given to others, their team moved and them inconvenienced by an owner's ambition.
And opposing fans have been far from universal in accepting they should support their ancient rivals and a team they have no links to.
But despite uncertainties, the dream of Premiership rugby in Cornwall is still alive.
"Ten years ago I asked you to support me in taking this club into the professional era. At that time there were those who were totally against this move, there are people that are against this latest move," Evans said when the Truro move was announced.
"However, it is my belief that we must try this . . . Cornwall deserves a Premiership rugby club and it is our aim to bring that to them."