Profile - Adam Caves

Hooker, born 1982 (May 21) Birmingham - former Moseley colt (joined Moseley at age 12) returned from Gloucester for 2003/4, Was included in the England U19 FIRA squad for the World Youth Championships in Chile in 2001, and selected to represent England U21 in France in November 2002. Selected for the England Counties Team for the game against France Amateurs in 2006.

Included in the Birmingham Post's Midlands Select XV for the 2008/09 season. Voted Player of the Season (Coach's vote) and Players-Player of the season for 2008/09 as well as player of the match for his role in the EDF Energy National Trophy final victory at Twickenham. An essential part of the Twickenham Cup winning team.

As Brian Dick said in the Birmingham Post's Twickenham preview "Caves has come through the Moseley system and like no one else understands how much work has been put in to get the club back into the limelight. The dynamic hooker is having an outstanding season and is one of the leading contenders for player of the year combining his aggressive defence with his excellence at the set-piece."




Adam Caves: Programme Profile April 2008

A hooker is either buried from sight in the front row of the scrum or he is the centre of everyone’s attention as he throws into the lineout. The relationships he has with his scrum half and his jumpers is crucial to the wellbeing of the whole team. Any errors he makes are very public and the groans of the team’s supporters following a failure to hook the ball back, or missing his jumper, are uncomfortably audible.

To say that Moseley hooker, Adam Caves, is well connected is an understatement. His father ( Peter) coaches the Colts, his uncle (John) manages the First XV Squad and his father-in- law ( John Beale) presides over the whole of the playing side of the club. Add to this the fact that his wife has a formidable knowledge of the finer points of the laws of the game means that Adam is surrounded by potential family critics beyond the manager and coaching staff.

Adam was educated at Waseley Hills High School, Solihull Sixth Form College and Moreton Morrell Agricultural College. He joined Moseley from Bournville RFC twelve seasons ago, when he was thirteen. He was an outstanding junior and colt and was capped by England at the U16, U18, U19, and U21 levels. During the difficult and uncertain times he left Moseley for Gloucester for a season and had six games as hooker for their first XV, a remarkable achievement for such a young forward. He was persuaded to re-join Moseley by John Beale and Tom Warren and has been first choice hooker ever since. At 5 feet 9 inches and 17stone, his build is ideally suited to being a hooker. His greatest regret however, as a Moseley man through and through, is that he never played in the First XV at the Reddings.

Adam is a full time professional rugby player in that he is a member of the club’s community/schools coaching team, but in the close season he is a part-time horticulturist and a member of a team that has won six gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. His other interests are shooting and country pursuits. He is not only married, to Katy, but has a lovely three months old daughter, Emily.

We discussed the present laws of the game as they apply to forwards. Adam can live with the relatively new rules governing the engagement of the front rows but feels that the award of the put-in to the opposing team after they have turned the scrum through ninety degrees is unreasonable and should be rescinded.

Adam was originally interviewed earlier in the season when, like so many in the club he was frustrated by the injuries, and other absences, of leading members of the
pack. Then his own contribution was limited, when a shoulder injury he incurred at Christmas took longer to heal than originally expected. We wish him well now that his recovery appears complete.

Hookers go on for ever, certainly well into their thirties so, after his shoulder heals, we should have the pleasure of seeing Adam go about his business for many seasons to come.