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
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
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.