Continuity in the front row confirmed

First XV // Friday 23rd June 2023

Director of Rugby, Adam Balding is pleased to announce that the competition at hooker will be as strong as ever this season.

Both Sam McNulty and Ryan Roach have re-signed for the 2023/2024 season.

Sam made 22 appearances last season, scoring 10 tries in the process. Sam demonstrates the many facets of the hooker position, from securing scrum ball to finding gaps in defence and setting up tries from rolling mauls. Areas of the game all key to taking control and winning games. Sam’s performances last season led him to be voted Coaches Player of the Season.

After spending many months out of the game through injury Ryan made the most of his opportunities last season. Sharing the hooker position with Sam, Ryan made 17 appearances scoring 8 tries.

Ryan is one of those players that you’ll see come from nowhere with ball in hand making inroads into opposition defences. His ball carrying regularly crosses the gain line setting up attacking situations for backs to exploit.

We are fortunate to have two hookers with physicality, mobility and tactical skills that set a platform for attacking situations.

Joining the hookers in the front row is Chris Romano. Chris joined us in December last year while at Birmingham University. He has represented England Counties at Under 18, Midlands Under 18 and Under 20 and Warwickshire Under 20. He came through the Wasps Academy.

Chris was selected on 5 occasions last season and will be looking to become a permanent fixture in the front row this season.

Director of Rugby Adam Balding commented:

Sam now enters his third season with Birmingham Moseley, consistently performing week in week out and becoming an integral part of the team by leading right from the front with how he plays. Sam has shown since being in a Birmingham Moseley shirt how robust and physical he is as a player both sides of the ball by the number of games played over the past 2 seasons which is fantastic for the team.

Ryan is a big personality within the squad, his leadership qualities are outstanding both through words and how he plays. His ability to play right on the edge drives the performance within the team. His work ethic and technical ability underpins his contribution on the pitch making him such an integral part of the forward pack.

Chris came to us towards the end of last season from Birmingham University, fitting straight into our environment and being able to operate at this level shows the quality of Chris as a player and the standard of the university league which Birmingham University play in. Working with Director of Rugby Tom Drewett we are looking forward to growing the link between Birmingham University and Birmingham Moseley, seeing more players follow in Chris’s footsteps.