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.
Ciaran 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.
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
In 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 probably 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
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.
You can buy tickets for the match here, adult tickets are £7.50 and those under 16s can enter for free.
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England Counties squad
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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.
Second 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
Birmingham 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 future 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.
Greg Charlton leaves the club by mutual consent
3rd February 2017
Birmingham Moseley Rugby announces that Greg Charlton has left the club by mutual consent. Greg has been with the club since the 2013/2014 season and was a full time member
Bill Redwood – Retirement
5th September 2016
Bill Redwood our Club Manager has announced that he is retiring on 30th September 2016.
A new management team will be in place to take over the running of the club and Bill has kindly agreed to work with them to ensure a smooth handover takes place.
Bill has played a significant role in the development of the Club over the last 6 years. He has overseen the successful completion of our new £3.5m grandstand and during the transition ensured the operational side of the club continued to run smoothly.He always had the best interests of the club foremost in all his activities.
Away from the club he and his wife Dawn are in the process of moving home and they are both taking the opportunity to focus on the family and enjoy a more leisurely lifestyle.
He will be missed by me personally as a manager but also as a trusted friend in the club. I and all his colleagues associated with the Club wish him a long and happy retirement.
Dave Warren - Chairman
Birmingham Moseley make three more signings on eve of National One campaign
2nd September 2016
Birmingham Moseley are pleased to announce that their 2016/17 National One squad is further strengthened by the addition of three new players
Full Back / Wing George Grieve moves to the club from Northampton Saints Academy. Grieve is a product of Banbury Rugby Club, where he has played rugby since the age of 6, helping them to promotion last season into South West 1.
Having impressed the club management while on trial during the pre-season games the South West U20 player will offer versatility and pace across the back three.
Speaking of his signing George said "Stepping up from Academy and Divisional rugby into a set-up as professional as Birmingham Moseley is an exciting challenge for me. However, given how much I’ve learned and developed already, I know it’s also an incredible opportunity. As a young player this season it will be about soaking up the wealth of experience around me and maximising every single playing opportunity. I can’t wait!”
In the front row the club confirms the addition of prop James Burgoyne to the 1st XV squad. James addition is a particularly pleasing moment for the club having progressed through the junior ranks of the club, through Colts onto the Birmingham Moseley Academy. In February Burgoyne became the first Academy player to sign a training contract with the 1st XV, and now makes the step up to full squad member.
Reflecting on his progress James said “I think it's great that the 1st team coaches have had the faith and belief in me as a player to give me a contract for the first team. Over the last few years the club has really pushed forward with integrating the Academy players with the first team, training in pre-season and being involved in squad sessions on many occasions throughout the year. This has made the rapid step up into the first team possible”.
Pushing James forward from the engine house of the scrum is second row Andrew Kitchener. Standing 6’ 8” Kitchener, a talented all round sportsman having played cricket for Shropshire and football as part of Manchester United & Wolverhampton Wanderers Academies, will provide a significant presence in the lineout.
Andrew comes to Billesley Common on a dual registration agreement with Worcester Warriors. Capped this year for England U20 Kitchener appeared seven times, including being part of the U20 World Championship winning squad.
Sam Pailor brings a physical presence to the back row
Birmingham Moseley are pleased to announce that Sam Pailor will be joining the club after 72 appearances for local National One rivals Coventry.
The 6’ 4” Wales U20 international will offer considerable experience of rugby at a high level having also played for Newport Gwent Dragons, Doncaster and Bedford.
A hard working forward Sam joins a strong back row already including England 7s internationals Chris Brightwell and Jack Preece along with fellow ex-Coventry player and Portuguese International Jacques Le Roux.
The club has been able to bring Sam to Billesley Common due to the incredible efforts and generosity of supporters including the clubs Players Association and Supporters Association to raise additional budget to offset some of the loss incurred with the withdrawal of RFU funding following relegation.
As well as contributing his physical presence in both ball carrying and defense, Pailor is no stranger to a more mobile game being a regular performer in 7s competitions.
Birmingham Moseley Announce Nine More Signings
16th August 2016
With the clubs first pre-season game at home this Saturday against Neath a further nine players have been confirmed for the 2016/17 squad which will contest the upcoming National One season.
Of last season’s squad both centre Tim Molenaar and back row Harry Hone will be returning to red and black colours. Centre Tim will be determined to make a significant impact following a frustrating first season, held back by the legacy of an injury incurred while at London Welsh. Bristol born No 8 Harry will be starting his third season at the club having made 35 appearances to date.
Joining Harry in the back row is promising young Cardiff University player Tom Wilson. While playing for SWALEC Championship side Llanharan RFC last season Tom won their player of the season award for his outstanding performances.
In the second row Aaron Crofts joins from Old Coventrians. A mobile forward Aaron has proved to be a prolific try scorer for the Midlands Three West team, a trait which has earned him a place in the Warwickshire County team last season.
The front row of the scrum is strengthened by the signing of two hookers. Jake Farnworth joins the club from Leicester Tigers where he has made appearances in both Premiership and LV Cup games and captained their Premiership Singha 7s team. Originally a back row the 21 year old was converted to the front row while part of Leicester’s Academy, a move which earned him a call up for England U20s. Birmingham Moseley are also pleased to announce that Will Crane is the latest player to progress through the club to the 1st XV Squad having played for Moseley Oak last season. While playing for Oak Will was selected for the North Midlands Squad.
In the back line we welcome Jonathan Lea a scrum half from Birmingham University, who has impressed the club management during pre-season trials.
Rounding off the new signings we have two wingers. Charles Baffour makes the move to Billesley Common from Barking. A former Great Britain junior hurdler Charles brings with him considerable 7s experience from across UK & Premiership events. Baffour is joined in the three quarters by flying Hartpury wing Mark Harrison who scored seven tries in fourteen appearances in National One last season. A product of Gloucester Academy Mark has also featured in the Aviva Premiership A league.
Three Youth Development Players Sign 1st XV Training Contracts
Main Photo: Greg Napton, Brandon Lea & Will Wallwork with New signing Alex Grove & DoR Kevin Maggs
Birmingham Moseley Sign Scottish International Centre Alex Grove from Worcester Warriors
12th July 2016
At the club’s Annual General Meeting last night Director of Rugby Kevin Maggs announced his latest signing, Scottish International and ex Worcester Centre Alex Grove.
Solihull born Grove joins the Birmingham club off the back of over 150 appearances for the Warriors during a ten year period. Always popular with the Sixways fan base Alex found himself inexplicably out of favour under recently departed DoR Dean Ryan, spending a period of last season on loan at London Scottish playing alongside his brother Ollie.
The move to Birmingham Moseley offers Alex the opportunity of regular first XV rugby coupled with the chance to start imparting his considerable knowledge of rugby at the highest levels to up and coming young players at the club. Having been an instrumental part in Worcester progressing to the Premiership Grove will be a vital part of Birmingham Moseley’s drive to re-join The Championship.
Alex qualified for Scotland through his grandfather Ron Wylie the former Aston Villa, Notts County & Birmingham footballer who also managed West Bromwich Albion. In a Scottish shirt Grove enjoyed victories over Fiji and Australia.
Speaking of the signing last night Maggs said “Alex brings with him an impressive level of professionalism when it comes to playing and training and I am sure his presence will raise the bar for the whole squad in terms of effort. Clearly he will have a big impact in both the team and the National One league.”
Another group of players join the Birmingham Moseley ranks
22nd June 2016
Birmingham Moseley Rugby bolster their squad with the announcement of four further signings for next season.
In the second row Maidstone born George Oram joins from Rotherham, George is a former England Counties and Blackheath player. Birmingham Moseley have been seeking a big ball carrying specialist to partner Greg Charlton. Oram with his 6ft 4”, 18st 12lb frame and proven ball handling skills fits the brief exactly.
Director of Rugby, Kevin Maggs, is renowned for spotting young talent then mentoring and coaching them to achieve at the highest level of the game, his newest signing is the latest example of this philosophy. Birmingham born Sam Shepherd, a 21 year old centre/fly half, joins from Bromsgrove having previously played for Hartpury College and Nottingham Trent University. At 6ft 3in and 16st 5lb he is a strong running player who will be challenging for a starting pairing with Greg King.
Joining George and Sam is another player identified as having the potential and desire to succeed in National One. Bolstering the front row highly rated prop Matthew Probert joins from National 3 outfit Scunthorpe RFC.
With the experience of forwards coach Louis Deacon behind him, Maggsy is sure that Matt will make a big impression in this league. Still young for a prop forward at 23 6ft 2in 21st 1lb Probert will be a match for any competing front row.
The fourth player to be announced is a winger whose name will be familiar to Birmingham Moseley Supporters, Ed Sheldon. Ed joined the club from Thornbury at the start of last season but was seriously injured in a warm up game which kept him out for the whole of the season.
Although his name will be well known he might not be so recognisable from his appearance. Over the season he has sported an impressive ZZ Top style beard which will no doubt encourage some friendly banter from his team mates and supporters.
Gloucestershire U20 player Ed has got real pace which was clearly evident in the pre-season game against Ebbw Vale. Now fully fit he is looking forward to establishing himself in the starting XV.
Trio of signings for Birmingham Moseley
15th June 2016
Birmingham Moseley Rugby continue to strengthen the squad with their three latest signings.
The club is pleased to confirm Mike Penn has put pen to paper for his fourth season at Moseley, having joined from Edinburgh in 2013. Mike is yet another player from last season’s Championship squad who has given a vote of confidence for the future by remaining at the club.
Penn can play at both wing and full back, making the number 15 shirt his own following the departure of Anthony Carter. Unfortunately his appearances last season were limited to 13 following a lengthy injury lay off. His versatility will be vital with the heavy workload expected next season.
New names at Birmingham Moseley follow the capture of fly half Elliot Bale from Plymouth Albion and South Africa born, Portugal International, Jacques Le Roux from Coventry.
Former Leicester Academy player Elliot made a promising start to his career at Albion last season and was highly rated by Director of Rugby Graham Dawe. Unfortunately he suffered a leg injury that side-lined him for much of the season and had to make do with appearances off the replacements bench while he recovered. Now fully fit he is expected to fill the position vacated by Glyn Hughes.
Back rower Jacques, is a major signing for Birmingham Moseley having spent 4 successful seasons at local rivals Coventry. He made 54 appearances for the club scoring 23 tries in the process. A 6ft 4in hard running ball carrier, he has enjoyed an Portuguese national career spanned 2011 to 2014 gaining 13 caps and scoring 4 tries. Le Roux will form part of an impressive all international back row alongside England sevens caps Chris Brightwell and Jack Preece.
Birmingham Moseley introduce their new arrival and welcome back an old campaigner
From the longest standing to the newest arrival, Birmingham Moseley Rugby are happy to announce Captain Chris Brightwell’s recent addition to the family, Maddox William Turetahi, born on 8th June. Weighing in at a sizeable 9lb 14 ozs he already has the eye of Kevin Maggs for the front row.
The previous confirmation of Chris remaining at the club is a crucial element in our campaign to return to the second tier of English rugby. He has experience at the highest levels of the game having been part of the successful England 7’s set up. Several young players coming through our Youth and Development system will learn from his experience and leadership. Together with his motivational skills in the dressing room and on the pitch he brings an air of stability and calmness around the club.
To complement our newest arrival, we are pleased to confirm that our longest serving player and the club’s record appearance holder, with over 315 to his name, hooker Adam Caves has signed up for another year.
Adam is red and black through and through and has been at the club since the age of 12, next season will be his 16th in the 1st XV squad.
‘Caveman’ has seen both the good and bad times at the club and has always remained true to the shirt. He was as disappointed as anybody at the club to drop out of The Championship and is determined to put that right this season.
The soul men of Birmingham Moseley’s backline return as Sam & Dave re- sign
Birmingham Moseley Rugby continue to build their side for next season with Sam Brown and Dave Brazier the latest to commit again to the club.
Kevin Maggs, Director of Rugby said “I am delighted to be able to retain the services of both players. This is a major step forward in bringing together our new squad as they contribute to the crucial position of scrum half in equal measure.”
This will be Sam’s sixth season at Billesley Common having made his hundredth appearance in red and black last October, a milestone marked by a presentation from World Cup winner Martin Johnson coinciding with the official opening of the clubs new stand and banqueting complex.
Dave starts his fifth season as part of the 1st XV squad having come through the Youth system at the club.
Last season saw the duo make a similar number of appearances as part of their friendly rivalry for the starting number nine jersey, Brown making 22 to Brazier’s 29.
Both players are firm favourites with the supporters and are always happy to have a chat after the game.
Training for the new season begins shortly and Kevin Maggs has started to assemble the sort of squad that will make a strong challenge for a return to the Championship. More signings to be announced over the next few days.
Two more players re-sign on the eve of name change
31st May 2016
We are pleased to announce today that Greg King and Tom Fidler have both agreed terms for next season.
The retention of Greg in the centre is a real boost for the club; his experience will be invaluable on the field and in the dressing room. This will be Greg’s 6th season in the red and black, ever present last season with 23 appearances to his name, while reaching the milestone of 100 appearances for his club. In 2014 Greg was one of the starting centres in the Victorious Championship XV which beat the Canadian national team 28-23.
England Counties prop Tom Fidler also has considerable Championship experience following spells with Jersey, Ealing and Plymouth Albion prior to his first season with Moseley last year where he made 26 appearances. During the season Tom demonstrated his versatility in being able to bring his considerable physical presence to bear on both sides of the scrum.
The latest signings come just prior to the imminent re-branding of Moseley to Birmingham Moseley Rugby. The club are re-positioning themselves to make customers, businesses and sponsors more aware of their position as one of the leading sports clubs in the Birmingham area. Off the field the club has one of the largest event venues in the Midlands, with the capacity to entertain up to 1000 guests. The club recognise that to reach its goals it will require significant investment and a sustainable income stream. Our new sales and marketing strategy will ensure that Birmingham Moseley is synonymous with success both on and off the field.
Despite the loss of funding from the RFU following relegation last season, Director of Rugby, Kevin Maggs is assembling a side that will offer a strong challenge for an immediate return to the Championship. A number of players have been retained from last season and new faces are already joining them.
Moseley bring in new faces to begin their assault in National 1
23rd May 2016
Moseley Rugby announce the arrival of two new faces to Billesley Common both from Championship side, Rotherham Titans.
Jack Preece, a 5ft 9 ins, 102 kg openside flanker, played 71 matches for Rotherham scoring 21 tries. Before joining Rotherham, Preece played two seasons with Gloucestershire U20's, becoming their top try scorer. The following year he advanced to the Gloucestershire seniors reaching the County Championship final at Twickenham.
He toured with England Counties in Spain playing in all three matches, and was named player of the tournament. Preece then followed up his Counties success by earning an England 7s central contract in 2012.
Moseley regulars may remember him when he played for Birmingham and Solihull, where he spent 5 seasons, captaining the team at the age of 22.
He made the Championship Dream team twice, with Birmingham and Solihull in 2009/10 and with Rotherham Titans 2014/15 where he became the clubs seasons leading try scorer.
James Elliot, a 5ft 11ins, 120kg tighthead prop also makes the trip down from Yorkshire. Elliott will bring valuable insight to National 1 teams with him having spent a period of time on loan to Hull Ionians where he made eight appearances last season. Prior to joining the Titans James played for Old Centralians in National 3 South.
Moseley players commit to the club
19th May 2016
Moseley rugby are pleased to announce that Greg Charlton and Drew Cheshire have committed themselves to the club for next season.
Second Row Greg was an ever present in the side last season with 25 appearances, all bar one of which was in the starting XV. 6’ 7” Charlton makes a significant impact in the set piece and is an excellent ball carrier.
Flying Wing Drew is a formidable try scorer who despite picking up an injury that laid him off for a significant part of the season still managed to end the season as the clubs third highest try scorer with eight.
Kevin Maggs said “ I am delighted that both these young players have stuck by the club, both have true potential and will ensure we have some pace in the back line and guile in the forwards”
Kevin is expected to name further signings over the next few days.
Moseley confirm coaching team for new challenge
16th May 2016
With the disappointment of last season behind them Moseley are focusing on the future and have begun planning for a swift return to The Championship.
Moseley Chairman Dave Warren said “We have given Kevin our full backing, he is passionate about the club and we feel that he is the right person to assemble a strong squad capable of challenging for top spot next year.”
Kevin has begun the task by putting in place his coaching staff for the new season. He is pleased to be able to announce that the services of both Louis Deacon and Greg Sammons as Skills and Conditioning Coach have been retained. Added to the team is Andy Johnson who will be combining the role of Skills Coaching with that of Team Manager, replacing John Caves who retired at the end of last season.
Maggs has been quick to acknowledge the efforts and support of departing coaching staff, particularly that of Dave Hilton. Kevin said “I have enjoyed working with Dave, and valued his contributions immensely over the last four seasons at Moseley. He has been instrumental in building a set of forwards ready to take on any pack in the league. I wish him well in his future endeavors.”
“Looking to next season I am excited to be working with Louis Deacon in his expanded role as Forwards Coach. I am sure he will bring a new dynamic to Moseley’s pack”
Maggs is now setting his sights on assembling his squad for next season and a number of announcements will be made shortly.
Kevin said” losing the RFU funding is not ideal but it is something we have to accept and get on with working to the future. I am confident we have players that are committed to the club and the announcement recently of Chris Brightwell leading the team next year is testament to that.”
Club President Sponsors New Stand
Club Chairman, Dave Warren, was this week delighted to announce the agreement of a six figure, 4 year sponsorship package of our new stand with Club President, John Richards.
J.R. said about the sponsorship;
“It is with huge pleasure that I have been able to agree this with Dave.
Moseley has been a key part of my life since I joined as a player in 1979. My son, Jack, has continued the playing theme for the last 20 years, however, it began with my father J.D. Richards who joined the Club as a front row forward in 1946.
He was born in the Rhondda Valley in 1921 where his great love of rugby first became apparent. He joined the RAF in 1936 and became a decorated Lancaster Pilot in 90 Squadron Bomber Command.
Following the War he came to Birmingham to teach and played for Moseley for 4 years before returning home to Wales. He was a member of the Moseley Players Association and was a member of the Club for almost all his remaining years.
He died in 2012 in his 92nd year. My sponsorship is in honour of his memory”.
Louis Deacon Joins Moseley’s Coaching Staff
Moseley Rugby Club Director of Rugby Kevin Maggs, today confirmed that ex Leicester and England Second Row Louis Deacon will be joining the coaching team until the end of the season.
Louis will primarily focus on supporting the forward coaching activities, with a particular emphasis on lineout play.
Louis brings with him exceptional experience of rugby at the highest level during a playing career which saw him make 274 appearances for Leicester Tigers, including winning six Premiership finals, two Anglo-Welsh Cups and lifting the Heineken Cup twice. On the international stage he has won 29 England caps, including being part of the 2011 World Cup Squad in New Zealand.
Unfortunately in February of 2015 Deacon was forced to announce his retirement from the playing side of the game due to injury.
Since retiring Louis has remained active in rugby as an Ambassador for the Matt Hampson Foundation while working as an Assistant Coach to the Spanish national team.
Kevin Maggs said “We are extremely pleased to bring someone with Louis’ vast knowledge of the forward game at the highest level to Billesley Common. In particular his command of lineout play over fourteen years at Leicester will prove invaluable in the clubs Championship campaign during the second half of the season. I am sure he will become an invaluable member of the coaching team.”
Moseley Rugby Club amends name to Birmingham Moseley from June 2016
Moseley Rugby Club has great pleasure in announcing that they will start the 2016/17 season as ‘Birmingham Moseley’. The decision was confirmed this week by the Moseley board following approval of an application to the RFU Governance Committee on the 3rd November.
Moseley stalwart Adam Caves hits the big 300
Adam Caves marks the official opening of the new £3.6m Moseley stand by making his 300th appearance for the 1st XV this weekend. He is now putting ‘clear water’ between himself and the previous record holders for rugby during the professional era - lock Richard Stott (285) and full back Andy Binns (284) who were both former team mates.
Caves joined the club as a Junior and progressed through the Colts system where he picked up England U16, U18, U19, U20 and U21 honours as well as touring with the England Counties XV. He made his Moseley 1st XV debut in 2000.
The 33 year old hooker stated in his website profile that his ambition was to carry on playing until he is 35……….so the supporters will be pleased to realise they have another couple of seasons of him yet. Many will share Adam’s ‘best rugby memory’ - The EDF Energy Cup final win at Twickenham in 2009 when Moseley upset the odds beating Leeds Carnegie 23-18.
MOSELEY flanker Neil Mason admitted he had to pinch himself in amazement after walking away with a top prize at the inaugural National Rugby Awards at Twickenham.
England are hosting Fiji at Rugby HQ on Friday September 18, but Mason got a sneak peak at the famous venue on Wednesday night at the first ever Lawson Keys National Rugby Awards.
With the support of England captain Chris Robshaw, the awards celebrate the great and the good of the sport’s grassroots heroes, acknowledging the dedication and commitment to rugby by thousands of clubs and individuals across the country.
Mason was there due to Moseley’s nomination for the BMW Club Development of the Year award, and after beating five other clubs to the prize the flanker could hardly believe his luck.
“It’s fantastic to win for Moseley at this time because we have built this new facility and we need to tell people who are out there, Birmingham as a city,” he said.
“Moseley is obviously the premier rugby club for Birmingham city and we are pushing that forward now with that new facility.
“So much of the work has been done by volunteers and it has taken a long time to get off the ground.
“We have actually achieved it and it is a fantastic facility, we have now had three or four functions and everyone has been over the moon with our results, so the question now is can we do it on the rugby field.”
Moseley’s new £3.6million facility is even allowing Mason and co to dream big once again.
“For years and years gone by Moseley has been a massive club and we have had to rebuild and restructure from the bottom,” Mason added.
“We have built this club back from the ashes if you like and we are trying to get them back out there and these facilities are going to make it for us.
“We are all building towards that successful future which will then enable us to do it on the pitch as well it will put us back on the map.
“We really have been in the doldrums for some years and this is a start in the right direction, sometime in the future we will be in the Premiership, and this is what we are trying to do.”
Lawson Keys sponsor the 2015 National Rugby Awards. Follow the Awards in The Rugby Paper www.therugbypaper.co.uk
Picture: Robin Johnson (Director Moseley) & Neil Mason receive the award
Moseley Rugby appoints Amadeus as catering partner
for their new Conference & Banqueting complex.
Moseley Rugby are pleased to confirm the commencement of an exclusive five-year contract with Multi-award winning caterer Amadeus for the provision of catering services to the club. The contract will include the 320-capacity function suite within the Rugby Club’s brand new stand and adjoining facility which is used by Birmingham City Indoor Bowls Club and can seat up to 410 people.
As part of the deal with Moseley Rugby Club, Amadeus will play a key role attracting and retaining events on non-match days, such as corporate functions and private parties. The club has ambitious plans to continue the development of its new facility in order to attract the regional business community and Amadeus will use its expertise in catering and hospitality to help achieve this.
Bill Redwood, General Manager at Moseley Rugby Club, said: “We chose Amadeus because we know that they will take our catering offer to a new level which will further enhance the reputation of our great rugby club and drive revenues which we can re-invest to continue to elevate our club through to the Premiership.”
The deal is another positive move for Amadeus, part of the NEC Group, who are fast establishing themselves as a leading caterer for sporting venues and events having achieved record sales at a number of golfing events over the summer. At the Scottish Open revenue increased 41% against budget, whilst at Dunhill Links and the Ricoh Women's British Open, budget was exceeded by 10% and 11% respectively. Amadeus also has a strong relationship with the LTA; providing catering services at the AEGON Classic at Edgbaston and AEGON International at Eastbourne.
Chris Reynolds, Sales Director at Amadeus said: “This is an exciting project that we are thrilled to be part of. At Amadeus, we tailor our offer to the clients’ needs and objectives to add value wherever we can. With almost 40years’ experience in the catering industry, a great track record in the sporting sector and high quality food and service we are confident that we can help Moseley Rugby Club achieve their growth targets.
Amadeus is the NEC Group’s retail, conference & banqueting, and hospitality caterer. Amadeus has almost 40 years’ experience catering for the NEC Group’s 4 million visitors, at more than 750 events a year, across its world class venues (the NEC, ICC, Genting Arena and Barclaycard Arena). With more than 600 staff, including 75 chefs, the Amadeus team has won more than 650 awards for quality and innovation in catering.
In addition to its home venues, Amadeus currently operates at over 15 major ‘meet’ and ‘visit’ external events and venues, including The Scottish Open, Tatton Park, Cadbury World, Dudley Zoo, Stoneleigh Abbey, Stratford Riverside, Library of Birmingham and Camden Council. Amadeus utilises its Oak Kitchen restaurant brand and new MADE café concept in many of the venues, and also manages more than 60 outlets for retail partners JD Wetherspoons, Starbucks, Subway, Pasty Presto, Jimmy Spices and DP Coffee.
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