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Scrum Half David Brazier is promoted from our U19 Colts.
This season David captained the Moseley U19s to an impressive win in the North Midlands Colts Cup Final and he also captained the North Midlands U20 team.
During last season David has impressed the Moseley coaches in appearances for the Development XV.
1.92m (6’ 3")
108kg (16st 13lb)
Date of Birth
3rd December 1984
Place of birth
England 7s, Sale Sharks, Birmingham & Solihull Bees
Your rugby hero while growing up
Best rugby memory
Winning the Wellington 7s with England this year
Worst rugby memory
When I was 5 - Playing tackle rugby barefoot in the cold
Ambition in rugby
Poneke Rugby (Wellington New Zealand)
The best thing about Moseley
It’s a very good club to be at.
Favourite other sport
What do you do outside of rugby
Chill, Study Criminology & Social Science
Favourite way to relax
Favourite Holiday location
Chris Brightwell joins the South Birmingham club from England 7s bringing with him a wealth of experience including 18 IRB Series events and spells in level 2 both in England and New Zealand. He joins last year’s outstanding backrow which included Buster Lawrence and Ollie Robinson who between them cleared up most the of the club awards for 2012-13.
1.75M (5’ 9”)
82kg (12st 12lb)
24th July 1981
Birmingham & Solihull, Cinderford
Neil Mason – No reason needed!
Your favourite current player
Best rugby memory:
Making 22 tackles in one game
Going into administration with Birmingham & Solihull
To be the highest paid player at Toulon
Recreation Ground, Bath
The plans to develop the new stand
Least favourite training exercise
None – The exercises hate me!
What rugby law would you most like to see changed
Scrum halves cannot be tackled
Any pre-match rituals / superstitions
Favourite sportsperson outside of rugby
Gazza - Obviously
Ambition outside of rugby
To win the lottery
Dinner, Movies, Cake
Favourite Band / Singer
Roast Beef with all the trimmings
Man on Fire
Person you would most like to meet
Scrum Half Sam moved to Billesley from Cinderford where he was ever present in their 2010/11 National Division 1 team. Prior to Cinderford Sam made 52 appearances for Birmingham & Solihull Bees, being an integral part of their promotion winning squad.
1.78M (5’ 10”)
97kg (15st 4lb)
2nd April 1988
Dudley Kingswinford, Newport (Salop)
Winning the North Midlands Cup
To play at the best level I can
It’s a good group of lads
Introducing : Anthony Carter
Full Back / Centre
1.85M (6’ 1”)
89kg (14st 0lb)
2nd February 1981
Bridgend, Celtic Warriors, Rotherham, Doncaster
Wales 7s, Welsh Students
Craig Voisey, Greg King, Adam Caves
Too many to pick one – Winning in general
Neck operation / Broken leg – any injury really
To give 100%
All the laws relating to the scrum
One – But I can’t say what it is!
Football, Triathlon – any sport really
Be happy / To take over as Physiotherapist
Spending time with friends
Blades of Glory
Joe Heaton's 2010/11 Profile of Antony Carter:
Anthony CarterWithout doubt Anthony Carter is one of the most interesting and experienced newcomers to Moseley. A 29 year old Welshman, who joined us from Doncaster in the close season, is 6ft I inch and 16st 1lb, and can play anywhere in the back three, preferably fullback.Anthony was born in Bridgend and educated at Bryntirion Comprehensive, except for his final school year, which he spent at Newton College, Canterbury, New Zealand, where he took his ‘A’ levels (yes, ‘A’ levels on the other side of the world!) and played rugby.On returning to Wales he entered the Cardiff College of Medicine and qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003. Throughout his rugby career he has practiced as a physiotherapist and is now taking a Masters Degree in Sports Physiotherapy at the University of Wales. Anthony met his girlfriend, Helen on their degree course and she has joined him in Birmingham to work as a paediatric physiotherapist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.Anthony’s rugby alma mater was his home town club Bridgend, 22miles west of Cardiff, with a population of 60,000 that merged with Pontypridd in 2003 to form Celtic Warriors, with mixed fortunes. He also played for Wales Students 2002-03-04.In 2004, with the collapse of the Warrior’s region, he made a break with the incestuous world of Welsh rugby to join Rotherham in English National League One but then, after two seasons, moved across South Yorkshire to Doncaster, both clubs well known to Moseley members. Anthony missed the first two months of last season recovering from a longstanding injury to his neck, which required a difficult operation in the off-season, although returning to make 19 starts for Knights. In the 2008/09 season he scored six tries in twenty five League and Cup matches.In his early professional years Anthony was guided by Alan Lewis, a well known figure in Moseley’s past. Alan spoke highly of Moseley’s rugby its traditions, coaches and supporters. These memories were reinforced at a meeting with the present coaches which led to him making the decision for him to join Moseley, a decision as straightforward as any he had made during his rugby career.Anthony said that he admires the commitment of Moseley teams to play rugby and express themselves, an ethos he is looking forward to contributing to.Anthony is now with us and says that he is settling down well in Birmingham, having already bought a small house locally. He feels his role will be to bring his experience to an exciting group of players and play his part in Moseley reaching their full potential in the fast approaching season. We wish him well!
1.80M (5’ 11”)
110kg (17st 4lb)
21st May 1982
Hospital (in Birmingham)
England U16, U18, U19, U20, U21, England Counties, Gloucestershire
Dean Ball (He was short, fat & slow – I wanted to be just like him)
Sam Brown – He has a great work rate
The EDF up Final
Sustaining current injury against Doncaster last season
To play until I am 35
Tommo (Alan Thomas)
Wednesday mornings – Maggsy is going to make you run anyway!!
Must sit in my corner next to Wag & have my childrens initials on each wrist
Clay pigeon shooting
George Digweed (clay pigeon shooting world champion)
Run my own grounds maintenance company
To be financially secure
Anything with my family
Saving Private Ryan
Profile - Adam Caves
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 2008A hooker is either buried from sight in the front row of the scrum or he is the centre of everyoneï¿½s 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 teamï¿½s 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.
Dave said "I am pleased to be embarking on the next phase of my rugby career at Moseley, particularly as I played my first league game of rugby at the Reddings. During my professional career I have played Championship, Premiership and International rugby and I hope to bring some of the experiences of the ways coaches at those levels addressed the game to Billesley Common. I believe that it does not matter what level you coach at, National 2, Championship or International, you must always approach it with 100% commitment. I look forward to working with the pack at Moseley as I think Kevin has recruited a talented group of players. The ambitions of Moseley to regain its position at the top of British rugby have impressed me and I will do all I can to be part of that revival"
1.78M (5’ 10")
88kg (14st 2lb)
24th April 1988
Worcester Warriors, Hartpury
England U18, U19, U20
Sam Brown, He puts his body on the line (has Sam been doctoring these profiles?)
Starting my first Premiership game
To be like Will Hafu
The planned new stand development
Fitness – Kempy seems to only know one drill!
Play rugby in the summer
Chicken & Chips
New Moseley signing Greg King looks forward to working with Kevin Maggs
Jun 26 2011 by Brian Dick, Sunday Mercury :
New Moseley signing Greg King has revealed he was attracted to Billesley Common by the prospect of playing under Kevin Maggs. The 23-year-old agreed a one-year contract last week after spending most of his formative years at Worcester Warriors. But even though he had a year left on his contract at Sixways the Chipping Norton-based centre asked to be released so that he could see more first-team action. King made 18 appearances spread across three seasons with Warriors but found it difficult to force his way into a midfield that included internationals Sam Tuitupou, Dale Rasmussen and Alex Grove. "I needed to take a step sideways to start going forward again," King said. "I still have ambitions to be a full-time rugby player so I really wanted to play more. I needed to get a lot more game-time because that's when you get better. I had a really fun time at Worcester it just ended on a frustrating note. All year I was going in and asking to get some game time but the boys got on a bit of a run then Grovesy, who is a class player, came back in and I was getting frustrated so the best thing to happen was to move clubs. At Mose King will link up with Maggs who enjoyed a dazzling playing career with Bath and Bristol and won 70 caps for Ireland. Indeed the new Moseley head coach, who was appointed successor to Ian Smith at the end of last season, was half of a brilliant Irish centre pairing that also included Brian O'Driscoll. And King recognises such experience can only benefit his game. "I had a really good meeting with Kevin who was obviously a pretty good centre in his own right. I was delighted to hear about his plans to play very open attacking rugby. One of his first questions to me was "Could I play outside centre?" I told him I could, I played England age group rugby at 13, it's basically the same position. That would bring King into the side alongside Andy Reay and see him fill the berth vacated by Bevon Armitage's move to Plymouth.
Joins Moseley on dual registration with Gloucester for the start of the 2009/10 season. Added to the England Under 20 squad in January 2009 after being tracked by England’s scouting network, started against Ireland and featured in three other games as a replacement. He appeared at the 2008 AER Festival in Italy, where England beat Georgia and Italy and was dual-registered with Cinderford for the 2008/09 season.
1.93M (6’ 4”) (including hair)
104kg (16st 7lb)
7th November 1991
Beating Bristol (home city) with Moseley – twice
Game against Newcastle at home
To play back row this season!
Billesley Common (Always the correct answer Buster!)
The teams ethics and players getting together socially after training
Core exercises particularly the plank
Someone to sort the scrum laws out.
American Football / Basketball / Cricket
Sir Garfield Sobers, and I probably should say my Dad (England Cricketer Syd Lawrence)
Work for my Dad
It’s too early in my rugby career to think about it.
Crash / Any given Sunday
Buster made 26 appearances for Dings in National 2 South during 2011/12 including 25 starts having also appeared for Moseley Development in the match against Coventry last season. Lawrence is a highly promising Number 8 who can also play Flanker & Lock. Also a Cricketer – Son of Syd Lawrence (Gloucester & England).
105kg (16st 8lb)
21st December 1994
Moseley Colts, Moseley Mini & Juniors
My Dad (Ex Moseley Hooker Craig). He was the person I watched week in, week out, and him playing hooker too meant I always took a keen interest when he played.
Alex Corbisiero, simply due to his commitment on and off the pitch. His dedication is something I hope to emulate.
I was a mascot for Sale Sharks v London Wasps in 2005. Meeting all the big names like Jason Robinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Mark Cueto was brilliant but speaking to Trevor Leota as an 11 year old kid was something I won’t forget.
Losing the U17’s National Shield Final at Sixways. It was just a sour end to what had been a really hard-fought and exciting season.
To play at the highest level possible.
Twickenham. I remember going there as a kid and just being in awe of the place. It’s the home of Rugby and the place where everybody dreams of playing.
The sense of community. Everybody knows everybody and there is always somebody looking out for you.
Chris Kemp’s Shuttle Runs. I always enjoy training but those runs drain you physically and mentally.
Something that always plagued me was the fact that the ball had to leave your hands when taking a quick tap penalty. It seems trivial but I think that altering that rule slightly would allow the game to continue flowing as well as allow other, less skilful players to add impetus themselves.
Not particularly. If anything, it would probably be that I always text my Dad just before every game.
Probably David Haye. Not for his boxing particularly but just because I find him entertaining; his arrogance and the way he can talk himself up.
I’m starting University in October so aside from training and relaxing in between, I’m trying my best to read around my course in preparation at the moment.
To do my best at everything I do and be as successful and happy as possible.
I enjoy going to the Cinema
Jason Aldean (American country music singer)
To sponsor Jack or any of the 1st team squad contact the club on 0121 443 3631 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Maggs promoted to head coach at Moseley RFC
By Brian Dick, Birmingham Post, 19th May 2011
Moseley has announced the promotion of assistant Kevin Maggs to the role of head coach. The 36-year-old replaces Ian Smith, who asked for his contract not to be renewed at the end of last season, in what will be his first job in charge of a Championship outfit.
The former Ireland centre has agreed a one-year contract having made a good impression in his role as Smith's backs coach last season.
Maggs beat off more than 40 other applicants and impressed the powers at Billesley Common with his contacts, commitment and positivity.
And although last term was effectively Maggs's first full season as a coach, he brings with him the benefit of 70 international caps, a stellar playing career and success in his first two sideline roles at Rotherham and Mose.
While Maggs admits he is taken aback at the speed of his elevation, he is determined to prove himself. "I have always been ambitious throughout my career and it's no different in coaching", he said. "I have been doing it on and off - because of my personal situation - for the last two-and-a-half years and it's come a little bit earlier than I expected. But it's a challenge I am really looking forward to. I have got a good support network both within the club and outside it and I can't wait to get started".
"I enjoyed working with Ian and expected to be doing the same this year but, it's a great opportunity being head coach at a club like Moseley with all its fantastic history".
10th January 1983
Sam Brown (The “82kg Cannonball”)
Winning the EDF Cup
The Prince of Wales
To earn enough money at 50 to retire
Visit Las Vegas
Denzel Washington / Will Smith
Neil Mason signs two-year deal
by Brian Dick, Birmingham Mail
Moseley have secured talismanic flanker Neil Mason on a two-year deal that will also see the experienced blindside help out with coaching. The situation has become particularly acute in the back row where Chevvy Pennycook has gone to the Exiles while Michael Maltman and Michael Ellery have moved on to play Sevens with Scotland and England respectively. That fact, combined with Mason's outstanding form this season, made the 29-year-old' retention such an important one for Maggs, who is facing something of a summer rebuild. And for Mason the chance to start thinking about the next stage of his career was also a big factor. "It's a forwards-assistant role and since I am looking to do my Level Three this year it works out well", he said. "It's a lot easier to do a little bit of coaching while I am still playing. I am looking forward to working with Maggsy and Craig West or whoever comes in. "After a difficult year last year this season has been very positive for me. It convinced me I can still compete and do what I do at Championship level for at least another couple of years. At the end of this contract I'll have been at Moseley for nine years, I' like to do at least ten and then we will see what happens as regards injuries and what my body is telling me.
Mason' form was good through the 2011-12 campaign but peaked in the relegation play-offs with a string of abrasive and dynamic displays that set the tone for the Moseley pack. Indeed, the 28 appearances he made last term made it his most active season for three years and took his club total to 184 with 30 tries. As a result he will once again be a keystone around which Maggs builds his forwards, something Mason has tipped the coach to do well. "We have lost a few players but if there is a person up for a challenge it is Maggsy,"he said. " I have been on the phone to him quite a bit in the last couple of weeks and he has lots of ideas and irons in the fire. Te one thing about Maggsy is he never gives up. Nothing ever fazes him and he has the attitude that there is always an answer out there, it just has to be found. With his contacts and work ethic he will source new players and Moseley will be in a stable position.
1.79M (5’ 10")
98kg (15st 1lb)
6th July 1993
Newport Gwent Dragons Academy, Ebbw Vale, Cross Keys, Kenilworth
Scott Gibbs (a human cannonball!)
Quade Cooper – All he does seems effortless
Beating Earlsdon 3rd XV with my old man Glyn playing 10 and me at 12
Missing the winning kick vs Barkers Butts U13’s
To become a full time pro player and to gain international honours
It’s a great tight knit group of lads
Having to wrap arms around when tackling – Mine aren’t long enough!
Left boot on first. Three sips of water before running on
Phil “the power” Taylor
Gym, Barman, Housewife
2 boys, 1 girl……………wife?
Listening to music
Steak & peppercorn sauce with chips
The other guys
Full Back / Wing
1.75M (5 9")
85 kg (13 st 4lb)
7th August 1989
Edinburgh, Heriots (Loan), Worcester Warriors, Nottingham (Loan), Birmingham & Solihull (Loan)
England U16, U18
Jason Robinson (for his style of play)
First team debut for Worcester v Harlequins
Knee injury reconstruction
To progress as far as possible
Twickenham (Played there in Middlesex 7’s), Bristol
It’s a tight group of players
Introduce further laws to improve the scrum
Shower & trim my toenails
Football (my brother Russell is a professional footballer), I follow Wolverhampton Wanderers
To stay involved with rugby after I retire and to move into property development
Thailand or Ibiza
Moseley new man Mike Penn thought about quitting after horror year
Birmingham Mail - 26th May 2013
Full-back added to squad as head coach Kevin Magg continues to build his team for next season
New Moseley man Mike Penn admits he considered quitting professional rugby after a nightmare year at Edinburgh.
The talented full-back this week became the latest player to join Kevin Maggs’s squad as the head coach builds for next season.
And for Penn that can’t fail to be better than 2012-13, when he spent an entire season with the Murrayfield outfit – without playing for them once.
Indeed the 23-year-old claims he was told by ex-Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley he would be given an opportunity to make his mark.
Instead he played just two pre-season friendlies and was an unused replacement in one Celtic league match.
“It was very frustrating, to be honest. If I’d played and played crap I’d have owned up to it and said ‘Fair enough, I don’t really deserve to play’,” Penn said.
“But the fact that he didn’t even give me a chance was pretty frustrating for me.
“I couldn’t really do much about it, I just trained hard and nothing came of it. It was a frustrating year for rugby.
“It wasn’t sold to me on that basis. He [Bradley] even said to me ‘You will have a chance when the Six Nations lads go away and hopefully you can capitalise on that’. That is what I was waiting for and I wasn’t given the chance, so what he fed me was pretty false.”
And it wasn’t as if Edinburgh were flying high.
“That’s the thing, if they had been doing alright I could understand, if they were on a roll, but they went through a stage of losing eight games in a row.”
Indeed Edinburgh were so bad Bradley was sacked in March after they lost all six Heineken Cup games and won just four league matches.
And as it became clear he would not be retained, the Hagley-born threequarter concedes he thought about another career.
“It has crossed my mind to do something else,” he revealed.
“After Edinburgh I thought ‘Is this really for me? Going club to club and not really getting much game time’.
“But I played with Nottingham during a loan spell two years ago and I loved it, playing week in week out at that standard.
“I just need to find my level now, get my head down and start enjoying my rugby. That’s the attraction of Moseley, it’s a good level and there’s the chance I probably will play most weeks.
“The Championship is getting better and better and teams are getting to a higher standard – that’s what attracted me.
“Moseley are a solid team when they play well and I am looking forward to it.”
Towards the end of his time north of the border, Penn was farmed out to Scottish Premiership outfit Heriots, where he made a positive impact.
He also had the support of his Edinburgh team-mates.
And he at least developed by being around top-class coaches to take something from the experience.
“I have wondered whether it was a wasted year. I had an opportunity to play in the Championship last year but I couldn’t really pass up the opportunity when I thought I would be to play against teams like Munster.
“I wouldn’t say it was all down because I got to train with the likes of Greig Laidlaw, Tim Visser and all those and got coached by Michael Patterson and Paul Hodge.
“I have learned a lot from them and it’s been good from that point of view.”
He arrives at Moseley, having spoken to Maggs last summer, looking to bounce back and potentially emulate his pal Charlie Hayter.
The two were in the Worcester academy together before Hayter moved to Moseley and secured himself a deal with Wasps within a few months.
“I want to play rugby for as long as I can and as high as I can,” Penn said.
“I know I have had these knockbacks but that’s just all part of it to be honest. Just taking it on the chin and trying to grow as a player.
“I am good mates with Charlie and I spoke to him every month he was here. He really enjoyed it, he got to play rugby and express himself.
“And credit to him he played well and got the offer. It just shows it can be done.”
1.97 M (6’ 6")
116kg (18st 3lb)
23rd November 1987
Walsall, Caldicot, Pontypool, Exeter, Bridgend, Celtic Warriors, Ospreys, London Welsh, Wasps
Cory Hill as he can do my running
Beating Australia with the Ospreys
Snapping bicep tendon last year
To play as long as I can
Longfellow Rd, Caldicott
Defence tackle bag drill. “any danger” “on the line” – Bloody hard!
The need to pass the ball backwards.
Always put my socks on before my boots. Also always sick
Tennis (I chose the wrong sport)
Work as a trainee IFA and look after my daughter Olivia
“This time next year Rodney”
A couple of Magners in the sun
Anything made by Tina (Angling for double helpings Mike?)
Waggy at a Wednesday morning training session
Mike brings a wealth of experience to the Moseley second row having played Heineken Cup and Mangers League rugby before moving to London Welsh where he immediately took the role of 1st XV Captain. A highlight of Mike's career to date will have been being part of the Ospreys team that defeated Australia 23 - 16. During the second half of last season Mike played for London Wasps on a loan arrangement, showing an impressive turn of pace scoring a spectacular solo try from deep inside Wasps own half against Exeter.
5th February 1996
Christian Wade, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck & Jack Lea
OSH Game for Solihull & Solihull 7’s win
To reach my full potential
Franklin Gardens & Twickenham
The best thing about Moseley so far
Playing at Franklin Gardens
Keep it all as it is
Same song before getting out of car or coach. Shower directly before travel to the match
Tennis, Golf, American Football, Basketball
Roger Federer, Michael Jordan, Floyd Mayweather Jnr, Adrian Peterson – Too Many!
See friends, walk dogs, eat & sleep
To be as happy as possible
A lot of food and good movies
Curry or Thai
Pursuit of happiness
Sandbanks / Bournemouth
1.80 M (’ ")
84 kg (st lb)
26th September 1991
Worcester Warriors Academy, Bromsgrove (on loan), Stourbridge (on loan)
Irish Exiles, Midlands U20, North Midlands
Jeremy Guscott – A natural rugby player
Scoring at Twickenham in the County Final
Losing to a previous club
To play into my 30’s
The Rec - Bath
Played here as a mini & junior
Speed training, to repetitive and monotonous
Season changed to play during the summer
Mad about all sports
Coaching & outdoor activities
To be successful in whatever I do
Spending time with old mates and eating
Rooster House Selly Oak (should be good for a free desert with that plug Caolan)
The Batman Trilogy
Fly half/full back Caolan Ryan (former Moseley M&J and Colt) is welcomed back from Bromsgrove. Last season for Bromsgrove Caolan made eighteen 1st team appearances scoring four tries having moved there from Moseley Colts.
Fly Half / Full Back / Scrum Half / Wing
1.52 M (5’ 11")
85kg (13st 5lb)
13th June 1983
Cornish Pirates, RC Chalon (France)
England Counties, North Midlands
Darragh O’Mahony – Moseley’s top try scorer and most exciting player
Benji Marshall (New Zealand rugby league star and now a Union player with Auckland Blues) – A genius
EDF Cup Final and St Tropez tours with Mini & Junior section
Playing Minis at Syston RFC in the snow. I thought I was going to pass out from the cold. An experience I shall never forget.
To stay fit for as long as possible. To captain Moseley’s 1st XV at least once would be nice too (think there’s a hint there Kevin!)
Newlands South Africa
It’s history and it’s people
Squats – I wasn’t built for squatting!
More stability brought to scrums as it would create more time for actual rugby to be played.
Ronnie O’Sullivan / Eric Cantona
Art / Golf / Cricket / Philosophy (Ha!)
To be happy
Walking the dog
The Misses’ Caribbean Chicken
Wouldn’t know! It’s been so long………..
Christopher Hitchens / David Attenborough
Ollie rose rapidly from the Mini and Junior teams, before leaving to go full time with Pirates for 2007/08, he returned in October 2008. After scoring a vital drop goal in the EDF Trophy win at Twickenham he moved on again to Chalon in France for 2009/10, returning again for 2010/11. He was Under 21 player of the season in 2003, and Supporters Player of the Season in 2005. He toured Argentina with England Counties XV in summer 2005 and France in 2006.
Ollie is the son of former Moseley flying wing, Alan Thomas, and was educated at King Edward's, Five Ways. He has played cricket to Warwickshire Under-19s level, and, as a batsman and leg-spinner, for the Moseley Ashfield club. A prolific place kicker Ollie broke a number of the club's all time scoring records and passed the 1000 points mark in just four seasons - an exceptional record, especially when considering that in his first year he was not the main kicker.
Despite Moseley finishing fourteenth in National One in 2006-07, Ollie still ended up third in the league's top points scoring list. In total he notched up an impressive 287 points, including a club record 28 points for Moseley in a 38-32 win against Nottingham. Ollie also kicked a crucial drop goal in the Twickenham National Trophy final win over Leeds.
He then opted for a move to France where he spent another excellent campaign with Racing Club Chalonnais under the guidance of new Worcester supremo Richard Hill, back in his old position at No.10 he went on to lead the club to within a couple of games of promotion. Ollie told the Sunday Mercury - "I played nearly all of the season at No. 10 in France and that went really well, I really enjoyed getting my hands on the ball more. But I also played a few minutes at outside centre so I still think of myself as able to play in most positions. I think I am a better player than when I was last at Moseley. You are meant to improve year on year, there's something wrong if you don't. And i've benefited from a year in a full time set up, playing virtually every game, losing only one and working with a great coach." Hopefully I'll bring all that back with me.
1.85M (6’ 1")
115kg (18st 2lb)
9th March 1989
Dudley Kingswinford, Old Hales
Playing at Twickenham
To play full time
A shorter pitch please!
To retire early
1.82 M (6’ 0")
113kg (18st 1lb)
21st July 1985
Rotherham, Birmingham & Solihull, Belfast Harlequins, Bridgend Ravens, Swansea, Weston Super Mare, Truro
England Counties, Under19 Irish Exiles and Welsh Universities, North Midlands
East Africa Tour
Reconstruction surgery and the play offs
Work for Greenworks
Sell more coffee
Walk the line / Hot Rod
South of France
by Brian Dick - Birmingham Mail 6th May 2014
Moseley have signed Northampton prop Tom Warren on a full time basis for the 2014-15 campaign.
The 24-year-old is set to be released by Saints at the end of the season but has been snapped up by Kevin Maggs after impressing as a dual registered player.
Derby-born Warren will be a familiar face at Billesley Common having spent parts of the last three seasons playing for both Mose and Northampton’s A team.
Indeed he has already made 42 appearances in the Red and Black and scored his first try for the club against Bristol a few weeks ago.
That and his ability around the park meant Maggs didn’t need a second invitation to make Warren an offer.
“As soon as we heard he was available we made a move for him,” the Moseley head coach said. “I am a little bit surprised he’s not staying at Northampton but he’s got to that point where he is above the age of an academy contract.
“He has done very well when he has been here, him and Craig Voisey are probably two of the best looseheads in the league in terms of what they offer so Tom has got a big future with us.
“He will really benefit from regular game-time with us next year, he’ll really improve working with Dave Hilton and he’s definitely got the potential to step back up into the Premiership.”
Maggs is satisfied Warren, who has also played for Coventry, is over the back problems which cost him virtually all of 2012.
“He’s played a lot of games since then, he’s going to be a very good signing for us. We’re delighted to get him.”
Six appearances for Llanelli Scarlets team in 2003, has since played for Llanelli and Cardiff in the Welsh Premiership. In 2006-7 he made 20 appearances for Scarlets feeder club Narberth and won the players' player of the year award.He is a product of Llandovery College and initially played for Milford Haven Rugby Club. He represented Wales at all age groups including U16, U17, U18, U19, U21 and Welsh Clubs XV. He played in the IRB Junior World Championships in 2002.Included in the Birmingham Post's Midlands Select XV after 27 appearances in the 2007/08 season and again in 2008/09. An essential part of the Twickenham Cup winning team. As Brian Dick said in the Birmingham Post's Twickenham preview "In his second season at Billesley Common, Williams has built a reputation as one of the best loose heads in National One. His powerful scrummaging is complemented by exquisite handling and a turn of pace that has embarrassed more than a few defenders in the last couple of years."Height 1.82m 6’Weight 117kg 18st.5
Birmingham Mail 25th June 2013
Kevin Maggs talks about the season ahead for new Moseley second-row additions
Moseley will be hoping the Addison Lockley precedent applies again next season having bolstered their squad with another two young second-rows.
Cardiff’s Cory Hill and Northampton’s Alex Woolford have both agreed to move to Billesley Common for the 2013-14 campaign – and both will be looking to emulate their upwardly-mobile predecessor.
Like Hill and Woolford, Lockley arrived at Moseley last season having struggled for regular rugby at a full-time outfit and left to further his career.
Twenty-six matches later he had secured a move to Top 14 aristocrats Biarritz.
Both young locks, not to mention Kevin Maggs, would be delighted if history repeated itself and the head coach believes they both have the potential to do well.
Twenty-one-year-old Hill, in particular, arrives with an outstanding pedigree having captained the Wales Under-20s last year and played at virtually every representative level since coming through at Pontypridd.
His performances for them earned him a couple of seasons with the Blues, for whom he made nine starts in 14 appearances over the last couple of seasons.
But Maggs knows both players need more experience.
“Cory is an exciting player who didn’t get much rugby after being injured last year,” he said.
“He has left Cardiff to play regularly and hopefully he can come to Moseley and be a big figure for us. He’s been outstanding since we have started training.”
Woolford, meanwhile, is set for his Championship bow. Having joined Northampton academy from Towcestrians he spent part of last year in National One with Coventry.
The 20-year-old played in four games, making one start, at Butts Park and also comes to Moseley looking to kickstart his career.