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Two Promising Young Half Backs Join Birmingham Moseley


18th April 2017 


Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club are pleased to announce that Sam Pointon from Loughborough Students and Sam Hollingsworth from local club Broadstreet will be joining the club for the 2017/2018 season.


PhotoScrum half Sam Pointon is a currently a Masters student at Loughborough University, following his graduation in 2015 with a degree in Sports Technology. He has played 49 National One games for the Students, scoring 12 tries along the way, and regularly competes in The Elite Sevens circuit. England Students international Pointon also combines his playing career with the role of 1st XV coach at Rugby School, where he is a former pupil.


Showing an impressive turn of pace for a half back Sam’s versatility allows him to cover full back and wing positions. He will also bring vital leadership experience to the squad having Captained Great Britain Student 7’s at the World Championships.


Richard Protherough, Director of Rugby for 2017/2018 said:

“Sam Pointon is an excellent scrum half who also has experience playing on the wing and full back in National One for Loughborough.  He played for England Students this season and scored two great tries against Ireland.  He will add an attacking threat from 9 and I’m really pleased to have him join the squad.”


Sam Pointon said:

“I am very excited to be joining Birmingham Moseley next season. I am hoping the move will develop me as a player and provide exposure to both high quality coaching and a high quality playing experience”


PhotoCoventry born Sam Hollingsworth, educated at Worcester Sixth Form College and played in their Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence Scheme, currently plays fly half for promotion chasing Broadstreet. With one game to play Broadstreet are favourites to gain the automatic promotion place to the National Leagues. An attack minded half back, who can also play at full back and centre, Sam has been an instrumental part in their success.


Still only 19 he can already boast representative honours for his country playing for England Counties Under 18’s.


Rugby has been part of his family through the generations, his father Carl Rogers was a regular fly half and full back for Broadstreet, while his grandfather Steve Wilkes, propped for Coventry and Bath before becoming an Old Coventrians stalwart.


Richard Protherough said:

“Sam started his rugby at Old Coventrians which produces many talented players, including one of Birmingham Moseley’s stars of the season Aaron Croft.  I have been impressed how for such a young player he has controlled games for Broadstreet this season.  Sam has all the skills to be a fantastic rugby player and under the tutelage of Oli Thomas and Tim Molenaar; I’m excited to see how quickly he develops.”


Sam Hollingsworth said:

“I'm very pleased to sign for Moseley Rugby club ready for next season. I felt this opportunity for myself is one I couldn't let slip and is a test I am looking forward to as a player. I'm really excited and ready to pull on the Birmingham Moseley shirt next season and to perform.”



Powerful Armed Forces Player Strengthens The Back Line


Birmingham Moseley announce the signing of utility back Chris Leathem from Cambridge RFC for the 2017/2018 season. Photo


Chris is a 25 year old regular in The British Army where he serves in the Infantry Unit of the Royal Irish Regiment as a rifleman. He can play at wing, full back or centre and has a reputation for being a prolific try scorer.


During his army career he has played in a Varsity Match at Twickenham and has the distinction of holding the record of number of tries scored in a single match for the British Army which currently stands at 8.


Chris has served 4 years in the army joining Cambridge for the 2016/2017 season, scoring 5 tries to date. He continues to play for the British Army playing recently in the famous Mobbs Memorial match against Bedford and scoring 2 tries.


Chris has representative honours for Ulster Under 18, 19 and 20’s as well as The British Army, Combined Services and British Army 7’s.


Director of Rugby for 2017/2018, Richard Protherough said: “Chris is an excellent addition to our squad and will bring power and pace to our backline.  His preferred position is wing but has the versatility to also play full back or centre.  As a serving member of the British Army he also brings great professionalism and character.“


Chris Leathem said: "I'm excited to be joining a club with such a big history. I played here with Cambridge early in the season and was amazed at the standard of facilities as well as the support the team received. My regiment is stationed close by until 2022 and I'm hoping this can become some what of a hometown club for me".



Home Grown Centre Returns To Birmingham Moseley


PhotoBirmingham Moseley Rugby Club are pleased to announce that Callum MacBurnie will be re-joining the club for the 2017/2018 season.


Callum is a product of the Club’s highly regarded Colts set up. He was a member of the successful side who won the North Midlands Cup under his captaincy in 2009, going on to gain further success by captaining the North Midlands Under 20’s side in the same season. This was rewarded by the selectors of the Scotland Under 20’s team drawing him into their Junior World Championship squad.


His talent at the time did not go unnoticed within his own club and Ian Smith, Director of Rugby at the time was quick to bring him in to the first team squad.


He made his breakthrough into the first team at Birmingham Moseley and went on to take the centre berth where he played on 38 occasions. During the 2010 playoff matches MacBurnie achieved the remarkable feat of scoring four tries in one match against Birmingham & Solihull.


A move to Coventry in 2012 has seen him spend six seasons at the Warwickshire club. A regular on the Coventry team sheet, Callum has made 77 appearances for the club, The 27 year old would have added significantly to this figure if it were not for an early season injury restricting his opportunities in the latest campaign.



Birmingham Moseley’s Director of Rugby for 2016/17 Richard Protherough said; “Callum is an experienced centre who has a lot of National One experience.  He has been unlucky with injuries this season but has lost none of his ambition and now fully fit, I’m confident he will make an impact on National One.  I’m very pleased to bring Callum back to the club.”


Joining Callum on the journey from the Butts Park is Sam Smith. 24 year old Sam is a big ball carrying centre who can also cover the back three. Derby born Smith came to prominence playing for Burton after a spell at Leicester Lions.


Protherough said of Smith; “Sam will benefit significantly from the experience of playing alongside the likes of Tim Molenaar and Greg King whose Premiership experience and skills will give him the opportunity to develop further as a player and realise his considerable talents.”



New Head of Community Rugby for Birmingham Moseley


Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club are excited to announce that their new Community Rugby Department will be headed up by ex-professional rugby player Steve Johns. Johns has a playing CV that has taken him around the country from Plymouth Albion to more recently local sides Coventry RFC and Birmingham & Solihull RC.


Steve has a wealth of coaching experience as well as being a fully qualified teacher, having gained a PGCE in Secondary Physical Education (with Masters Accreditation). He has recently held the position of head of Boys Physical Education at Tudor Grange Academy, Solihull. The role of Head of Community will mean that he will be using all of these skills and qualifications in facilitating not only quality rugby sessions but also multi sports sessions in schools across Birmingham and Solihull.


Speaking about his appointment, Steve said: “I’m honoured to have been appointed as the Head of Community for Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club and I cannot wait to get started in this new job. I’m really excited to have this wonderful opportunity to make a big impact on local rugby and general sports across the area.”


Birmingham Moseley Director of Rugby for the 2017-18 season Richard Protherough added: “I’m delighted we have secured Steve as the new Head of Community.  Steve’s knowledge of the area and passion for the role made him an ideal choice.  This is an important role for Birmingham Moseley and the local community, as we look to strengthen our ties with schools and help provide further opportunities for children to get involved in sport and healthy activities.   I’m looking forward to Steve leading this project and seeing the positive impact it will have on the Birmingham area.”


Following on from the successful February half term rugby camp where over 30 youngsters enjoyed 3 days of rugby. Details of our latest camp in Easter can be found on the club website Click here to access . You will be able to book directly with the club or by email through


Steve Johns Coaching Qualifications:  Rugby Union (Level 2), Handball, Trampolining, Table Tennis, Orienteering, Volleyball, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Basketball and Football. He also has a Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Award in Higher Sports Leadership, is a REPS Level 3 Personal Trainer and is a Gifted & Talented in PE Mentor (Junior Athlete Education).


The Birmingham Moseley Community Rugby Department delivers a wide range of sports projects and supply quality sports coaching to schools and organisations in the local area, in conjunction with Sports in Schools Ltd.



Premiership Experience To Boost Birmingham Moseley Front Row



Birmingham Moseley announce the signing of Premiership experienced, tighthead prop, James Tideswell from Cinderford RFC.


James has a wealth of experience in professional rugby having played for both London Irish and London Welsh in the Premiership, LV Cup and European Challenge Cup.


He began his rugby at Old Swinford Hospital and studied Sport Science at UWE, Bristol. Following this James spent 5 years with local club Stourbridge where he made 88 appearances between 2003 and 2008.


This was followed by a spell at Plymouth Albion before joining London Irish in 2010. His time there was short making just 10 appearances before being picked up by London Welsh where he made 60 appearances between 2010 and 2014.


Yorkshire Carnegie signed him up in 2014, making 33 appearances for the club before moving to his current club Cinderford at the start of the season.


James has appeared in two Championship play off semi finals, turning out for London Welsh against Yorkshire Carnegie in 2014 and for Yorkshire Carnegie against Doncaster in 2016.


Director of Rugby for 2017/2018, Richard Protherough said: “James will bring an extra edge and Premiership experience to our front row. Capable of playing on both sides of the scrum he will help give us a strong platform and work rate around the field. We also have young, talented props across the club and he will be the right person to help them develop.”


James Tideswell said: “I am happy to be joining Birmingham Moseley which is a local club to me. After meeting Richard Protherough and showing me the facilities I was impressed how much the club has developed over the years. I am looking forward to next season in helping the club achieve their future ambitions”.




Talented Number 8 and Dynamic Loosehead  Join Birmingham Moseley


Birmingham Moseley welcome Number 8, Ciaran Moore and young loosehead prop, Jonah Boyce to Billesley Common on 2 year deals.


PhotoCiaran Moore began his rugby career here at Birmingham Moseley as a colt before starting the first of two spells at Stourbridge. Moore joined Stourbridge in July 2013, breaking his time there to spend the 2015/16 season at Darlington Mowden Park. He left after one season returning to Stourbridge where he is now captain. On his return to Stourbridge the 6ft 3in, 17.6 stone back rower, who can cover second row, picked up the captains’ armband. Ciaran is no stranger to crossing the whitewash having scored 11 tries this season.


Moore’s prowess on the field has also seen him earn representative honours for Somerset Under 20’s, Irish Exiles and Southern Counties.


Having just qualified, Ciaran is looking to combine a career in law with part time professional rugby. He is currently looking for a placement in a law firm.


Director of Rugby for 2017/2018, Richard Protherough said: “It is really good news that Ciaran has re-joined Birmingham Moseley. The recruitment, development and retention of the most talented local players is a key strategy.  I have followed his progress over the years and securing his name gives us a major boost to the back 5 of our scrum. He is young, powerful and has demonstrated excellent leadership qualities since taking the captaincy role at Stourbridge.”


Ciaran Moore said: “ I’m really excited to be returning to Birmingham Moseley, having captained the colts for the 2012/13 season.  The clubs facilities have improved immensely since then and having spoken to Richard extensively about Moseley’s long term ambitions, I can’t wait to get started.  I know the pack is going to be extremely competitive, so now it’s about getting my head down and making sure I’m ready for the step-up come pre-season and beyond.”


Jonah Boyce joins the club from Loughborough Students.Photo


Those with an eye on rugby in the local area will have seen his name on the team sheet at Birmingham Solihull where he began his rugby career in 2012 making 43 appearances for the club.  

He transferred to Loughborough at the start of the 2014/2015 season.


Jonah is a 6ft 2in, 18 stone athlete who has been sport driven since a young age. He was a member of Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club where he had success at both javelin and discuss events. Boyle went on to play rugby at Birmingham Met University before stepping up to National League rugby with Birmingham Solihull.


Jonah can boast a number of representative honours having played for England Colleges, North Midland Under 20’s and Midland Under 20’s.


Richard Protherough said: “Jonah is a very exciting prospect to bring to the club, he is another local lad and one I first worked with at the North Midlands U20’s, where he was one of our stand out players.  Since then he has gone from strength to strength both at Birmingham Solihull and Loughborough and is developing into a formidable player.  I look forward to seeing him in action next season.”


Jonah Boyce said: “I am delighted to be joining Birmingham Moseley next season.  After visiting the club and speaking to Richard Protherough, I was more than impressed with the clubs ethos and desire to succeed.  Adding to this was a clear sense of dedication to its players and I am looking forward to furthering my rugby career at the club.  I am excited to hopefully play a key role in what I’m sure will be a successful season.”


Back Row Taking Shape with Second New Signing for 2017/2018


22nd March 2017


Birmingham Moseley are pleased to announce that, Laurence Cowen will be joining the club from Hull Ionians for the 2017/2018 season filling the openside flanker birth. 


Laurence a 6ft 2in, 16.5 stone, 25 year old comes with the reputation of being a skilful ball carrier and a hard hitting openside. He joined Hull Ionians at the start of the 2014/2015 season and has made 70 appearances to date scoring 13 tries. Last season the dynamic back row was credited with the most turnovers per game for the team as well as the most carries per game. 


Laurence brings with him county experience for Yorkshire and has previously played his club rugby at Birkenhead Park and the University of Bath before joining Hull Ionians. 


Director of Rugby for 2017/2018, Richard Protherough said: “This was a key position to fill and I am delighted that I have found the player needed to strengthen the back row for next season. Laurence brings with him all the requisite skills of a modern open side flanker. I was impressed with his work rate and commitment when he played us this season. I look forward to seeing him perform in a Birmingham Moseley jersey.” 


Laurence Cowen said: “I’d like to thank Hull Ionians for my time with them and I’m looking forward to my future with Birmingham Moseley.  I have been impressed by the professional set up and Birmingham Moseley’s ambition.  Hopefully I can add to what is already a strong team and help the club move forward.”  


Birmingham Moseley announce first new signing for the 2017/18 season


16th March 2017


Birmingham Moseley Rugby are pleased to announce the first new signing for the 2017/18 season as scrum half Rob Lewis joins from Ebbw Vale on a two year contract.


Rob brings with him a wealth of experience at the highest levels of the game having represented Wales at 7s and Under 20s level as well as the Barbarians.


A product of the Newport Gwent Dragons Academy Rob holds the distinction of having played over 180 games for London Welsh, giving him the second highest number of appearances in the professional era.


During his time at London Welsh Rob was twice part of a promotion winning Championship team, also picking up a British & Irish Cup winners medal. Upon the demise of London Welsh’s professional arm earlier this season Lewis moved back to his first club Ebbw Vale in the Principality Premiership.


Birmingham Moseley’s Director of Rugby for the 2017/18 season Richard Protherough said “I'm delighted to add Rob to the squad for next year; he brings a wealth of experience and will add an extra dimension to our game.  His record for London Welsh speaks for itself and he will add Premiership rugby experience to our backline.”


Rob Lewis commented on his move “Firstly I would like to thank Ebbw Vale for helping me after a very difficult period in my career and I will always be grateful to them. After meeting and speaking with Richard Protherough about joining Birmingham Moseley I was very impressed with the focus and ambition of the club. The facilities, which they have improved and developed over recent years, are an example of this and would rival most championship sides. I am looking forward to joining up with an already strong looking squad to add as much input as I possibly can in helping push towards the goal of promotion next year.” 



Flying back Mark Harrison commits for next two years


8th March 2017

Mark Harrison becomes the latest player to sign a two year deal with the club. 


Mark will start his second term at the club having joined from National 1 trailblazers Hartpury College at the start of last season. 


Hartpury are renowned for producing fast paced backs and Mark is no exception. He has experience from Gloucester Academy and has turned out in the Aviva Premiership A League. 


He was brought to the club on the back of his try scoring record of 7 tries in 14 appearances last season at Hartpury. He has maintained that record with Birmingham Moseley scoring 6 tries so far this season.


Richard Protherough, Director of Rugby from next season said, “I am delighted that I have been able to sign Mark for next season, the club have secured him employment in the area which will allow him to combine his career with his rugby ambitions. Our time in National 1 has shown that fast attacking play is key to winning matches. Mark brings that extra pace needed to take on players and his try scoring record speaks for itself.” 


Tim takes the next step

PhotoIn the latest signing for the 2017/18 season centre Tim Molenaar will commence his third season at Birmingham Moseley, combining his playing duties with joining the 1st XV coaching team.
This season Tim has continued to apply his combination of skill and strength to the midfield to become a key threat via his trademark barnstorming runs.
Molenaar will also bring a wealth of experience from playing rugby at the highest levels for the likes of Harlequins and Gloucester to the coaching team.
Richard Protherough said of the move of Tim to his expanded role “I'm delighted to retain his services as a player and a coach. He is a true professional on and off field and will help develop our aspiring young rugby players."
Joining Tim in the coaching team for next season is a true son of Billesley Common (and son of Moseley legend Alan) former fly half Ollie Thomas. If there is a kicking record at the club Ollie Photoprobably holds it, his 1,931 points in a 1st XV career is unlikely be surpassed.
Ollie will be taking a role as skills and kicking coach. His aforementioned ability with the boot, coupled with a versatility that has seen him at home anywhere in the backline makes him uniquely qualified to understand the challenges of modern back play. Thomas will combine his new responsibilities with the 1st XV alongside his role as player/coach for Moseley Oak, Birmingham Moseley’s sister team in the Midlands One West league.
Commenting on Ollie’s appointment Protherough said “He a Moseley man through and through. Bringing him into our coaching team will be key in taking our handling skills to the next level and improving our kicking game.”


 England Counties name squad to face Scotland

16th February 2017

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England Counties have named a squad of 23 players to face Scotland Club XV on Friday, 24 February at Birmingham Moseley RFC.

The match is the first in the England Counties season with the side set to play Ireland Club XV on Friday, 17 March in Cork followed by a three-match tour in June.

The Counties will be looking to avenge last year’s 57-27 defeat to Scotland in Galashiels with nine of the squad returning for this year’s clash. Blaydon and Northumberland's Keith Laughlin will once again captain the team. 

‘A big response’ 

Last season the side went on to beat France Federale as well as complete a clean sweep of wins in Canada and team manager Matt Long said he would be looking to the squad’s senior players to set an example in the build-up to the match. ‘Last year we had a pretty new squad and Scotland played very well but we’re confident in our players and I expect there to be a big response,” said Long. “We have a mix of debutants and experienced players and as a team a lot of responsibility is on those guys who have pulled on the white shirt before to instil the right culture.”

‘Pinnacle of their careers’ 

England Counties is the flagship team of the community game in England and offers players from National League One and below the opportunity to represent their country. This year’s squad features players from ten different clubs and twelve different counties. “For a lot of players, representing England Counties will be the pinnacle of their career so they always play with a lot of pride and as a management team we try and create the best environment possible for them,” said Long.

England Counties squad

Andrew Brown Coventry/Notts, Lincs & Derby, Trevor Davison Blaydon/Durham, Daniel Pullinger Plymouth/Devon, James Litchfield Coventry/Warwickshire, Matthew Miles Old Albanians/Hertfordshire, Ted Stagg Caldy/Cheshire, Nile Dacres Plymouth/Devon, George Oram Birmingham Moseley/Kent, Keith Laughlin Blaydon/Northumberland, Harry Bate Old Albanians/Hertfordshire, Jack Preece Birmingham Moseley/Gloucestershire, Chris Brightwell Birmingham Moseley/North Midlands, Tom Baldwin Blackheath/Kent, Peter White Coventry/East Midlands, David Brazier Birmingham Moseley/North Midlands, Joe Tarrant Ampthill/Eastern Counties, Kieran Hallett Plymouth/Devon, Steven Leonard Hartpury/Gloucestershire, Markus Burcham Blackheath/Kent, Leo Fielding Blackheath/Gloucestershire, Sam Baker Ampthill/East Midlands, James Stokes Coventry/Eastern Counties, Mike Wilcox Hartpury/Gloucestershire


Two more Birmingham Moseley players commit to the club

9th February 2017


Following the announcement earlier this week that Chris Brightwell & Jacques Le Roux had pledged their future to the club Birmingham Moseley are pleased to announce two more of this season’s squad have signed extended contracts.


PhotoSecond Row Aaron Crofts joined the club at the beginning of the season from Old Coventrians, making the five league step up from Midlands 3 West South look like the most normal of progressions for a rugby player. Having only taken up the game six years ago Crofts has rapidly developed under the guidance of former England lock Louis Deacon to establish himself as the first choice for the number 5 shirt, and the go to man at lineout time.


Despite Aaron’s impressive progress having attracted interest from other clubs Birmingham Moseley are extremely pleased that he has decided to stay at Billesley Common for a further two seasons.



With 70 appearances to date Mike Penn is on course to become one of the exclusive century club in terms of representing the red and black in 100 games, having now signed a contract for his fifth and sixth seasons at Birmingham Moseley.


Following three campaigns disrupted by injury Penn is currently enjoying his best season at the club providing a potent attacking option from the backfield. Known for his pace he has also demonstrated versatility this season in playing full back, wing, fly half and goal kicker with equal adeptness.


The commitment of such a valuable player as Mike is seen by the club as key to developing the core of a Birmingham Moseley squad well placed to continue the challenge of reclaiming a place in the Championship.



Dynamic Back Row Duo sign on for Another Two Seasons


6th February 2017


PhotoBirmingham Moseley Rugby are pleased to announce that back row forwards Chris Brightwell & Jacques Le Roux are the first of this seasons squad to commit their Photofuture to the club.


Both players have signed two year extensions to their existing contracts which will see them play in red and black through to 2019.


Portuguese International Le Roux joined the club at the start of the season from Coventry. Leading the list of appearances, having played in every game for the team this season, Jacques has become a firm supporter’s favourite with his aggressive attacking charges  never failing to make ground with ball in hand.


Number 8 Chris Brightwell will now rack up seasons five and six for the club joining the Billesley Common club in 2013 from the England Sevens team. The New Zealander has very much made Birmingham Moseley his adopted home and this season has successfully combined his rugby with his new role as a father. Having played 78 games for the club to date Chris should achieve the increasingly rare milestone of 100 appearances for one club thanks to his latest commitment to the Birmingham Moseley cause.


That two such high profile players have committed their future to the club, so early, is a clear testament to their belief in the future of Birmingham Moseley and a statement of the club’s intent to remain a force in National One rugby, while they continue to push for a return to the Championship. The vast experience of both players at the highest levels of the game will be vital to the club as it moves forward.