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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.
1.80M (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.
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.
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".
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
Spending time with friends
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.”