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Birmingham Moseley Coaching Changes.

Due to competing work commitments with his new role at Royal Grammar School Worcester and his role as Head Coach of Birmingham Moseley, Simon Cross has stepped down from his role at the club. 

Richard Protherough, Director of Rugby said:

"I would like to thank Simon immensely for his commitment over the last 18 months with Birmingham Moseley, he is a fantastic coach and top bloke. He will be sorely missed by the players and coaching staff. I wish him all the very best with his role with RGS Worcester and I’m sure they will start producing a conveyor belt of talented rugby players, who work hard and have great character"

Simon Cross said:

“It is with great sadness that I leave my role at Birmingham Moseley. The players have been fantastic over the last 18 months and I will miss working with them. I would also like to thank Richard and all the other Coaches and Staff for their time, support and effort. Thank you all, you have been a pleasure to work with.”

On a positive note the club is pleased to confirm that fans favourite Neil Mason is returning to Birmingham Moseley to assist in coaching the forwards.  Wag, as he is known to all at the club, brings a wealth of rugby experience to the role having played over 250 games in red and black during ten seasons, including being part of 2009 EDF Trophy winning team. Known for his uncompromising approach to the game he will drive the already formidable pack to new heights.

Birmingham Moseley confirm four additions to 2018/19 squad on eve of new season

31st August 2018

Birmingham Moseley are pleased to announce the addition of four players to the 2018/2019 squad.
 

Most welcome is the confirmation that the 2017/18 Player’s Player of the Season James Tideswell has been retained. Unfortunately it will still be some time before we see James back in action as he continues his recovery from an injury picked up last season, but be assured he will be looking to re-establish his position as the cornerstone of the pack as soon as possible.
 

Also in the front row two new hookers join the 1st XV in Joe Roe and Jamie White. Joe will look to take the opportunity of establishing himself as first choice in the number 2 shirt while Jamie is signed on loan to cover the current injury to Ryan Roach.
 

A significant addition to the forward lineup is the signing of Second Row & No 8 CJ Osazuwa from Blackheath. 6’ 5” CJ is a Nigerian XV & 7s International who is also an accomplished sportsman in Volleyball and Cricket, as well as having been a semi-professional soccer player with Dunbar and Musselburgh. CJ grew up in Scotland and has experience playing for Edinburgh Academy and Heriots before eventually moving south of the border to play for Northampton Academy, Richmond and Chinnor. Last season CJ was ever present in the starting lineup for Blackheath.
 

Off the field the club also confirmed that Harley Williams will take on the role of 1st XV Manager for the coming season.
 

New Appointments
The club is pleased to confirm that Peter Hill has been appointed Club President for the 2018/19 season. Peter supersedes John Richards in the post.

A long-time supporter of the club, particularly in his activities to further the youth section, Peter is also part of an extensive family of Moseley men who have a long association with the club. 

In addition Ron Morris has been appointed as a Vice President of the club.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank JR for his service as President and extend congratulations to Peter & Ron.
 
Two Birmingham Moseley Favourites Move On

11th July 2018

Birmingham Moseley Rugby has announced today that two great servants of the club will be moving on.
 

Hooker, Adam Caves leaves having generated a number of personal achievements and club records. During his time at the club Adam made 368 appearances for the 1st XV, 82 more than the previous record holder in the professional era.
 

He began his career with Moseley Rugby at mini and junior level, chalking up 17 seasons at senior level, his first league appearance being in the 2000/2001 season. Adam has also achieved England representative honours at both Under 21 and Counties level.
 

Truly it is the end of an era for the club as he is the last of the EDF Cup Team to play for Birmingham Moseley. Adam was Club Captain in 2016/2017 and also won the First XV Player of the Season and Players, Player of the Season awards in 2008/2009. Adam picked up the Lionel Moriaty Golden Boot as Supporters Player of the Season in 2011/2012.
 

The other stalwart and supporters favourite leaving the club this season is centre Greg King.
 

Greg joined in 2011 from Worcester Warriors and made 128 appearances for the club over 7 seasons. He has represented England at Under 20 level and was a member of the Championship Team who beat Canada 28-23. He captained Birmingham Moseley during the 2016/2017 season and was voted Players, Player of the Season in 2013/2014.
 

Greg didn’t have the best of luck and would have made many more appearances in red and black if it were not for suffering numerous injuries over the years. His dogged determination has seen him always bounce back more resilient than ever. 
 

Both players always gave 100% to the Club both on and off the field. Both are well respected and firm favourites of the supporters. They had a massive impact around the club providing invaluable experience particularly in recent seasons when young players have joined the club. Whatever they decide to do next we wish them both every success for the future and thank them for their commitment to Birmingham Moseley.
 

Director of Rugby, Richard Protherough said:
 

"Adam has been an outstanding loyal servant to Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club and his appearance record in the professional game is fantastic. On behalf of the club I'd like to give my thanks for his efforts across 17 seasons and wish him all the very best for the future."
 

"Greg is another great servant to Birmingham Moseley, always leading from the front and never taking a backward step. An outstanding player on the pitch and we will certainly miss his hard hitting tackles and incisive runs."
 

Birmingham Moseley Call up the Army Centre to Bolster the Midfield Ranks

 

16th May 2018

Richard Protherough, Director of Rugby, has been in the process of looking to recruit a strong running centre to the Birmingham Moseley squad and is pleased to announce that Fiji International and British Army Centre, Ravai Fatiaki has agreed to join the club on a twelve month contract.

 

Ravai comes with a wealth of experience having played international rugby for Fiji, including playing in the 2011 World Cup when he came up against Wales in the opening pool matches. During his time with Fiji Ravai has participated in rugby at the highest level taking on some of the world’s strongest teams such as England, South Africa and New Zealand. He moved to the UK in 2011 and spent five seasons at Worcester Warriors before joining Leicester Tigers at the start of last season.

 

Ravai is a serving member of the British Army, a Lance Corporal in the 30th Signal Regiment where he is a Communications Systems Engineer. He recently had the privilege of appearing in the 100th British Army v Royal Navy match at Twickenham alongside fellow Birmingham Moseley personnel, Lewis Bean, James Dixon and Chris Leathem who he teamed up with in the centre.

 

The 31 year old who stands at 6ft 1in is known for his powerful running and his 16st 1lb frame will certainly boost the midfield in both defence and attack.

 

Richard Protherough said."I'm pleased to welcome Ravai to Birmingham Moseley. Ravai is a very talented footballer who will bring an edge and International and Premiership experience to our backline. When discussing the plans in place at Moseley, his enthusiasm and ambition really impressed me."
 

Birmingham Moseley sign up two new powerhouses on the wing


10 May 2018
 

Richard Protherough, Director of Rugby has again been busy at work signing two young gifted players with the aim to inject pace and power to the back line.
 

The first is winger Taraiasi Wara, a Fijian returning to the UK from New Zealand where he has been playing for the Waitohi Club in the coastal town of Picton in the South Island.
 

23 Year old Taraiasi previously played a couple of seasons in France for US Marmande in Federal 2 of The French Division Championship and the Brive Academy.
 

In his younger years he learned his rugby on English soil at Hartpury College when he represented England Colleges at Under 19 level. Wara stands at 6ft 2ins, weighing in at 15st 7lbs.
 

Joining Taraiasi in the back three is another strong running winger Aedan Moloney, standing at 6ft 3ins with a powerful 15st 11lbs frame.
 

Aedan began his rugby career playing for Middlesbrough, transferring to Novocastrians RUFC in 2015 when he moved to Newcastle. For the last two seasons he has been on Tynedale RFC books while regularly turning out for Northumbria University in the BUCS Super Rugby League, where he has been studying for a Masters degree in Engineering Management.
 

Aedan has represented Newcastle Falcons in the Premiership A league and played for Northumberland County Senior team for the past 2 years. He has also represented England Students Sevens in the Super Sevens Series.
 

Aedan said “I am very happy to be joining the club as I am really looking forward to playing rugby in a full time role for a team that has clear goals of progressing further up the leagues and pushing for promotion.”
 

Director of Rugby, Richard Protherough said "I'm pleased to welcome Aedan and Taz to the club. Both are young wingers, that are packed full of potential and with the right development will give us balance in our backline between pace and power."

 

Captain and Corporal re-sign for Birmingham Moseley for the 2018/2019 Season
Director of Rugby, Richard Protherough announces the re-signing of current captain and 1st XV Player of the Season award winner Buster Lawrence, on a two year contract. Buster is a firm favourite with the supporters having returned to the club this year following time at Wasps. He never fails to give 100% on the pitch and sets a great example with his commitment and dedication. His presence will ensure that the strong back row is maintained for next year and his versatility enables him to slot in to the second row. Buster turned out in 24 matches this season, a foot injury keeping out of the last few games of the season. Now standing on 98 appearances for Birmingham Moseley, Buster has ensured next season he will join the select band of players who have made one hundred league appearances for the club.

Another player, who has become a favourite at the club, Lewis Bean, has been made available by the British Army for another season in red and black. 6’ 8” Lewis, a Corporal in 2 Rifles, made a considerable impact in his first year at the club. With 20 appearances this season he has contributed enormously to the reputation of the pack in the line out and at scrum time as one of the best in the league. Gaining from experience at National 1 level has made him a regular in the British Army team. This weekend sees him featuring in the Army v Navy fixture at Twickenham.
Talented Fly Half Returns to the Birmingham Moseley Fold for the 2018/2019 Season


Director of Rugby, Richard Protherough is delighted to announce the signing of a fly half no stranger to the Birmingham Moseley supporters as James Williams re-joins the club following a season with Hartpury in The Championship. James came through the ranks in his time with Birmingham Moseley having progressed to the first team through the amateur side Moseley Oak. James will have gained significant experience in The Championship playing in 21 games in the league to date. His kicking stats down there show the value he will be with his place kicking. He boasts an 86% success rate in conversions and 79% in penalties.
 

During his first season at Birmingham Moseley, James made 23 league appearances and scored 238 points, to finish the season fourth in the leagues list of leading points scorers. Williams should not be considered just a kicking fly half as his seven tries saw him fourth in the list of the clubs leading try scorers. Coupled with an ability to create opportunities to bring his fellow backs into play means that James has all the attributes required to support the managements vision of an exciting, attacking brand of rugby.
 

James will take part in Worcester Warriors pre-season training as part of our close relationship and be available for Birmingham Moseley throughout the season.
 

Richard Protherough said “I’m delighted to sign back James Williams.  James is one of the best young fly halves around and will make a huge impact next season.  He brings an excellent attacking game, while also being a prolific kicker.  As a club we aim to develop the best young talent and we have a lot coming through so I’m really looking forward to watching their progress next season.” 
 

Some of James’ recent highlights can be seen in the link below.
 

https://www.hudl.com/athlete/7639725/highlights/59c271176e8c260c10b9344b/v2

Canadian U20 International from Down Under Bolsters the Back Line for the 2018/2019 Season


Director of Rugby, Richard Protherough has used the current season to bring in new talented youngsters and integrate them with the more experienced members of the squad in readiness for a push for promotion in the 2018/2019 season.
 

To support that aim Richard has now begun recruitment for next season by signing new centre, Sam Hayward. He will join a backline which includes Ollie Allsopp and Sam Pointon, who have both now re-signed for next season. Also re-signing for next season we are pleased to announce are forwards Jay Tyack, Joe Wrafter, and Josh Poole. With 13 of the current squad on two year contracts, for the first time for some years Richard is able to begin pre-season with a team experienced in playing together and keen to build on this year.
 

The new signing brings a player with International experience to the club. Australian born Sam played his early rugby for the Sydney University Club at Colts level up to the age of 19. In December 2013 he re-located to Canada to pursue his ambition to play for the Canadian team. Sam’s mother was born and raised in Alberta and British Columbia. Sam made it into the Under 20’s team, playing on the tour to England in 2014 and played in every match in the Under 20’s Junior World Trophy in Hong Kong in the same year. Sam also toured the U.K. with Canada A and South America with Canada 7s in 2016.
 

Sam returned to Australia in 2015 when he joined the Parramatta Club in Sydney. Although the club did not enjoy great success in the Shute Shield last year, Sam was one of their stand out players.
 

Sam now 24, stands 6ft 5ins tall and should be a real handful in mid field. He also brings versatility to the backline being able to play at full back and fly half as well as centre.


(Watch Sam playing for Parramatta by clicking here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4BQCfQnEOg )
 

Sam Hayward said “I’m really looking forward to playing at Birmingham Moseley. It’s a club with a lot of history and looks to be well positioned and organised for next season”.
 

Richard Protherough, Director of Rugby said “We are delighted to welcome Sam Hayward to Birmingham Moseley. He is an excellent addition to our backline and can play in 3 positions (centre, fullback and fly half). Having watched a number of his games, Sam is a ball player who also has a physical presence which is required in National 1.

2016/17 A Season of Records


With the 2016/17 National One campaign now over it's been a season when club records have tumbled:

- Most team points in a league season - 854 (previously 785 in 2005/6)
- Biggest league winning points margin (Home) - 58 point margin 72-14 v Cambridge 8th October 2016
 - Most points scored in a league game (Home) - 72 points. Birmingham Moseley 72 Cambridge 12 8th October 2016
- Most team tries in a league season - 114 (Previously 83 in 1999-2000)
- Most individual tries in a league season - 20 Ed Sheldon  equalling Nathan Bressington in 2005/6
- Most team tries scored in a league match - 11 - vs. Cambridge 8th October 2016. (previously 9 - vs. Sale (4 April 1992)
- Most league conversions in a season - 70 James Williams (previously 49 - Ollie Thomas 2005/06)
- Most conversions in a league match - 8 James Williams (vs Old Albanian Oct 2016) (Previously 6 - Richard le Bas vs. Rotherham, April 1997)
- Most league & cup appearances  - 341 Adam Caves (Previously 286 – Richard Stott)

Congratulations to all the new record holders.


Birmingham Moseley make three more signings on eve of National One campaign

Full Back / Wing George Grieve moves to the club from Northampton Saints Academy. Grieve is a product of Banbury Rugby Club, where he has played rugby since the age of 6, helping them to promotion last season into South West 1.Having impressed the club management while on trial during the pre-season games the South West U20 player will offer versatility and pace across the back three.
 
In the front row the club confirms the addition of prop James Burgoyne to the 1st XV squad. James addition is a particularly pleasing moment for the club having progressed through the junior ranks of the club, through Colts onto the Birmingham Moseley Academy. In February Burgoyne became the first Academy player to sign a training contract with the 1st XV, and now makes the step up to full squad member.

Pushing James forward from the engine house of the scrum is second row Andrew Kitchener joining on dual registration from Worcester Warriors. Standing 6’ 8” Kitchener will provide a significant presence in the lineout.

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Sam Pailor brings a physical presence to the back row
 
Birmingham Moseley are pleased to announce that Sam Pailor will be joining the club after 72 appearances for local National One rivals Coventry.

The 6’ 4” Wales U20 international will offer considerable experience of rugby at a high level having also played for Newport Gwent Dragons, Doncaster and Bedford.

A hard working forward Sam joins a strong back row already including England 7s internationals Chris Brightwell and Jack Preece along with fellow ex-Coventry player and Portuguese International Jacques Le Roux.


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Birmingham Moseley Announce Nine More Signings

With the clubs first pre-season game at home this Saturday against Neath a further nine players have been confirmed for the 2016/17 squad which will contest the upcoming National One season. 
Of last season’s squad both centre Tim Molenaar and back row Harry Hone will be returning to red and black colours. 

Joining Harry in the back row is promising young Cardiff University player Tom Wilson. In the second row Aaron Crofts joins from Old Coventrians.

The front row of the scrum is strengthened by the signing of two hookers. Jake Farnworth joins the club from Leicester Tigers while Will Crane makes the step up from Moseley Oak.

In the back line we welcome Jonathan Lea a scrum half from Birmingham University and rounding off the new signings we have two wingers. Charles Baffour makes the move to Billesley Common from Barking along with flying Hartpury wing Mark Harrison.

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Bill Redwood – RetirementPhoto

Bill Redwood our Club Manager has announced that he is retiring on 30th September 2016.
 
A new management team will be in place to take over the running of the club and Bill has kindly agreed to work with them to ensure a smooth handover takes place.
 
Bill has played a significant role in the development of the Club over the last 6 years. He has overseen the successful completion of our new £3.5m grandstand and during the transition ensured the operational side of the club continued to run smoothly.He always had the best interests of the club foremost in all his activities.
 
Away from the club he and his wife Dawn are in the process of moving home and they are both taking the opportunity to focus on the family and enjoy a more leisurely lifestyle. He will be missed by me personally as a manager but also as a trusted friend in the club. I and all his colleagues associated with the Club wish him a long and happy retirement.
 
Dave Warren - Chairman
 
Three Youth Development Players Sign 1st XV Training Contracts

At the Club AGM 3 of Birmingham Moseley's Academy squad signed training contracts with the 1st XV as part of their ongoing development path with the club. YD Chairman underlined the success of the development programme in that 13 of last seasons youth team have gone on to feature in the promotion winning Moseley Oak squad.
Main Photo: Greg Napton, Brandon Lea & Will Wallwork with New signing Alex Grove & DoR Kevin Maggs
 
 
New Club Vice Presidents Elected

After last weeks meeting of the Club’s Advisory Committee (President, Past Presidents and Vice Presidents) six individuals were invited to become Vice Presidents, in recognition of their commitment to and support of our Club in the past, present and (hopefully) future. All have now accepted, describing their feelings as ‘surprised’, ‘delighted’ and ‘honoured’.
 
Congratulations to : Nick Avgousti, Martyn Cowley, Roger Hildreth, Neil Mason, Ewart Patrick & Dean Wilson 
 
 
Birmingham Moseley Sign Scottish International Centre Alex Grove from Worcester Warriors
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At the club’s Annual General Meeting Director of Rugby Kevin Maggs announced his latest signing, Scottish International and ex Worcester Centre Alex Grove.

Solihull born Grove joins the Birmingham club off the back of over 150 appearances for the Warriors during a ten year period. In a Scottish shirt Grove enjoyed victories over Fiji and Australia.

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Another group of players join the Birmingham Moseley ranks
 
In the second row Maidstone born George Oram joins from Rotherham. Birmingham Moseley have been seeking a big ball carrying specialist to partner Greg Charlton. Oram fits the brief exactly.

Birmingham born Sam Shepherd, a 21 year old centre/fly half, joins from Bromsgrove having previously played for Hartpury College and Nottingham Trent University

Bolstering the front row highly rated prop Matthew Probert joins from National 3 outfit Scunthorpe RFC. Still young for a prop forward at 23 6ft 2in 21st 1lb Probert will be a match for any competing front row.

The fourth player to be announced is a winger whose name will be familiar to Birmingham Moseley Supporters, Ed Sheldon. Ed joined the club from Thornbury at the start of last season but was seriously injured in a warm up game which kept him out for the whole of the season. 

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Trio of signings for Birmingham Moseley
 
The club is pleased to confirm Mike Penn has put pen to paper for his fourth season at Moseley, having joined from Edinburgh in 2013. Mike is yet another player from last season’s Championship squad who has given a vote of confidence for the future by remaining at the club. New names at Birmingham Moseley follow the capture of fly half Elliot Bale from Plymouth Albion and South Africa born, Portugal International, Jacques Le Roux from Coventry.
Birmingham Moseley introduce their new arrival and welcome back an old campaigner

Photo 1612207085Chris Brightwell.jpgFrom the longest standing to the newest arrival, Birmingham Moseley Rugby are happy to announce Captain Chris Brightwell’s recent addition to the family, Maddox William Turetahi, born on 8th June. Weighing in at a sizeable 9lb 14 ozs he already has the eye of Kevin Maggs for the front row

 
Adam CavesTo complement our newest arrival, we are pleased to confirm that our longest serving player and the club’s record appearance holder, with over 315 to his name, hooker Adam Caves has signed up for another year.

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The soul men of Birmingham Moseley’s backline return as Sam & Dave re- sign
 
Birmingham Moseley Rugby continue to build their side for next season with Sam Brown and Dave Brazier the latest to commit again to the club.

Kevin Maggs, Director of Rugby said “I am delighted to be able to retain the services of both players. This is a major step forward in bringing together our new squad as they contribute to the crucial position of scrum half in equal measure.”

 
 
Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club

As of 1st June there is a new name in Midlands rugby as the club has changed its name to Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club.

The new club logo represents a step forward in the development of the city's premier rugby club, while acknowledging the long history our club is built upon.
 
Two more players re-sign on the eve of name change

We are pleased to announce today that Greg King and Tom Fidler have both agreed terms for next season.


The retention of Greg in the centre is a real boost for the club; his experience will be invaluable on the field and in the dressing room. This will be Greg’s 6th season in the red and black, ever present last season with 23 appearances to his name, while reaching the milestone of 100 appearances for his club. In 2014 Greg was one of the 
starting centres in the Victorious Championship XV which beat the Canadian national team 28-23.

England Counties prop Tom Fidler also has considerable Championship experience following spells with Jersey, Ealing and Plymouth Albion prior to his first season with Moseley last year where he made 26 appearances. During the season Tom demonstrated his versatility in being able to bring his considerable physical presence to bear on both sides of the scrum.
Moseley bring in new faces to begin their assault in Nat 1

Moseley Rugby announce the arrival of two new faces to Billesley Common both from Championship side, Rotherham Titans.

Jack Preece, a 5ft 9 ins, 102 kg openside flanker, played 71 matches for Rotherham scoring 21 tries. He toured with England Counties in Spain playing in all three matches, and was named player of the tournament. Preece then followed up his Counties success by earning an England 7s central contract in 2012.

James Elliot, a 5ft 11ins, 120kg tighthead prop also makes the trip down from Yorkshire. Elliott will bring valuable insight to National 1 teams having spent a period of time at Hull Ionians

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Moseley rugby are pleased to announce that Greg Charlton and Drew Cheshire have committed themselves to the club for next season.
 
Second Row Greg was an ever present in the side last season with 25 appearances, all bar one of which was in the starting XV. 6’ 7” Charlton makes a significant impact in the set piece and is an excellent ball carrier.
 
Flying Wing Drew is a formidable try scorer who despite picking up an injury that laid him off for a significant part of the season still managed to end the season as the clubs third highest try scorer with eight.
 
Kevin Maggs said “ I am delighted that both these young players have stuck by the club, both have true potential and will ensure we have some pace in the back line and guile in the forwards”
 
Kevin is expected to name further signings over the next few days
 
Moseley confirm coaching team for new challenge

With the disappointment of last season behind them Moseley are focusing on the future and have begun planning for a swift return to The Championship
 
Moseley’s Board of Directors are delighted that Kevin Maggs, Director of Rugby, has continued to commit his future to the club.

Kevin has begun the task by putting in place his coaching staff for the new season. He is pleased to be able to announce that the services of both Louis Deacon as Forwards Coach and Greg Sammons as Skills and Conditioning Coach have been retained. Added to the team is Andy Johnson who will be combining the role of Skills Coaching with that of Team Manager

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Club President Sponsors New Stand
 
Club Chairman, Dave Warren, was this week delighted to announce the agreement of a six figure, 4 year sponsorship package of our new stand with Club President, John Richards.

Commenting on his actions J.R. said "It is with huge pleasure that I have been able to agree this with Dave. Moseley has been a key part of my life since I joined as a player in 1979.  My son, Jack, has continued the playing theme for the last 20 years, however, it began with my father J.D. Richards who joined the Club as a front row forward in 1946. He died in 2012 in his 92nd year.  My sponsorship is in honour of his memory”.

To read more about JR's generous act click here