Profile - Richard Stott

Lock, Born 1978 (1 September - Gloucester) serving officer in the West Midlands Police. Played for South West and Gloucestershire at U16, U18, U19, & U21. Played for Gloucester, and New Zealand side Pukekome (1997). 8 appearances with Gloucester 1st XV C & G Cupwinner 1999,

Made 1st XV debut on joining Moseley in 2000/01 and went on to make 18 appearances that season and over 100 by 2005/06, earning a player of the season award in 2001/2. Returned in Feb 2003 after time with Coventry. 24 starts in 2004/5. "Has reigned supreme in the battle for the skies in National Two and was rewarded with an England Counties call-up and selection for British Police" Birmingham Post, May 2006. Included in the Birmingham Post "XV of the finest around" in May 2006.

An essential part of the Twickenham Cup winning team. As Brian Dick said in the Birmingham Post's Twickenham preview "Stott is nearing a decade of service to Moseley having joined from Gloucester in 2000 and is closing in on 200 appearances. His stay at the club is broken only by a season with rivals Coventry for which he has more than atoned.
The policeman is enjoying another solid campaign for Mose. He remains Moseley's most reliable lineout target."

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Richard Stott: Programme Profile - November 2007

The captain of a rugby team has two aides, the leader of the forwards and the stand off half. Moseley’s pack is led by lock Richard Stott, who brings to the job long experience of the black arts of forward play derived not only from a wide Moseley experience but also perhaps from his rugby upbringing in Gloucester and a brief sojourn with Coventry.

Richard, who was born on the 1st September 1978, was taught to play at the Kings’ School, Gloucester, by Nick Marment and followed the well worn path to Gloucester Rugby Club which has long been renowned for the power of its forward play. He also went up to De Montfort University, Bedford, in 1997 to read Sport Science.

Richard got into the fiercely competitive Gloucester First XV squad at an early age for a second row forward, but on completing his degree, moved up the M5 permanently. At the instigation of John White, he joined Moseley at the start of the 2000/2001 season, where he made an immediate impact and won the supporter’s player of the season award (the ‘Winit Boot’) in April 2002

Moseley’s relegation to National Two in season 2002/03 was a setback to Richard’s ambitions and as he particularly wanted to continue playing in National One, Richard moved to Coventry at the start of the 2003/04 season. The move, however, did not work out as expected, due to disagreements with the club’s management, and he was back in Moseley’s colours at the start of the following season, where thankfully he has remained.

During his rugby career so far he has earned representative honours with English Counties and British Police (following Neil Mitchell into their second row) and other honours will surely follow. Locks generally reach their peak between 30 and 35 so, at just 29, Richard should be able to make a major contribution to Moseley’s fortunes for at least another five years, provided he can avoid serious injury. Richard also spoke warmly of Moseley’s developing relationship with Gloucester and the benefits he and his forwards are deriving from the joint training.

As pack leader he has to decide to whom the ball should be thrown when Moseley have the throw-in to a line-out, he has to motivate the pack by example to give of their utmost, especially at 5 metre scrums and line-outs, and he has to cool his pack when the contest between the forwards boils over and the prospect of a yellow card looms. Thankfully, these are responsibilities that Richard revels in.

Whilst Richard is happy with the written law as it applies to line-outs, he wants to see more consistency by the referees in their application and in the punishment of offenders, particularly when a line-out jumper is ‘taken out’ before returning to the ground. He said that those players who ‘go high’ always have the prospect of a serious injury at the back of their mind and need to be looked after by the referee, every time.

Having been a member of Moseley’s community coaching team, in November 2005 Richard joined West Midlands Police. Two years on, with his probationary period behind him, he is pleased with his long term career choice. At 6ft 6inches and more than 18 stone in uniform he must be able, to our great advantage, to intimidate potential wrong do-ers.

Richard, who lives with his partner Laura in Marston Green, has a dog which runs him about, plays golf but is currently pre-occupied with DIY. He gives the impression of being a model husband – long may he remain so!