born 1990 (January, Oxford) progressed from Moseley Colts (as Colt of the season award holder) for
the start of the 2009/10 season.
It is not often
these days that a young player rises effortlessly through our Colts
teams to take his place with the elite.
Callum Macburnie, an outside Centre, is the exception in that, at the
start of the 2009/10 season, he was only 19 years 7 months old when he was
awarded a professional contract. His track record is already impressive,
having played for Oxfordshire, and a Development Scotland XV, as well as captaining the North Midlands U20 side.
He was born in Oxford in January 1990 and is now 6 ft 1inch, weighing
14st. He learnt to play rugby at the local junior club Whitney and
joined Moseley in June 2007. He and his father were attracted to Moseley
by the club’s well deserved reputation in the handling and development
of players, particularly at the Colts level. Last season Callum was
captain of the U19 colts, but was invited to train with the First XV
Callum was educated at Bartholomew C.E. School in Oxfordshire and
Hartpury College in Gloucester, where he took a National Diploma in
Sport. He is now taking a three year external degree in Sports Coaching
and starts the second year of the course in October. He also works
within Moseley’s Community Coaching Programme.
Callum now lives in Edgbaston, where he will be joined by his girl
friend Caroline, who is about to come up to Birmingham University.
Together with his father, she is a regular supporter at his rugby
matches. Sport, in all its forms, dominates Callum’s life.
It is unfortunate that the current England Academy tears promising
players away from those clubs which nurture them - and where they are
best placed for their future development.
It would therefore be ironic if one of ‘Moseley’s own’ progresses
through the Scottish representative sides whilst those pulled to one of
the PRL cartel clubs (by the lure of the England Academy letterhead)
fall by the wayside.
It will be interesting to follow Callum’s Moseley career over the years
ahead. We all wish him well and hope that he succeeds.