Adam Balding, Birmingham Moseley’s Director of Rugby, has retained several experienced and influential players from last season along with signing young rising talent.
In the back row supporters favourite Buster Lawrence will once more appear in red and black and will be joined again in the back row by Portuguese International Jacques Le Roux renowned for his strong ball carrying. Buster made 18 appearances for the club last year but frustratingly spent 4 months on the side-lines with a foot injury. Jacques made 25 appearances scoring 5 tries, the last of which was crucially scored in the last play of the season to ensure the club remained in National 1.
Second row and lineout expert Aaron Crofts has opted to stay at the club for his fourth season at Billesley Common and we look forward again to seeing his mobility and agility around the pitch.
In the backs we are pleased to have secured the services of Sam Pointon and British Army Signalman John Davetanivalu.
Sam, who made 24 appearances last season scoring 6 tries, will be challenging new signing from Worcester Jonny Arr for the scrum half birth. He is no stranger, however, to playing on the wing where we have seen Sam put in some excellent performances. John, or JD as he is known, had few opportunities to show his talents last season due to injury and Army commitments. A player of real pace and skill with the ability to open up defences, he will be looking to impress the Billesley Common faithful.
In the front row we are delighted to have retained the services of vastly experienced tighthead prop James Tideswell, James made just 5 appearances last season, returning from a long term injury, following an outstanding first season at Birmingham Moseley when he was voted Players, Player of the Season. He will be relishing getting back to his usual role of making life difficult for the opposition front row.
Challenging James for the tighthead prop berth is exciting young prospect Ethan Priest. Ethan is a product of Bromsgrove Rugby Club and has represented England at under 20’s counties level where he toured Georgia, playing in both matches.
Another player with National 2 experience re-joins the Moseley fold this season, back row Morgan Dawes. Morgan will be known to supporters having come through the Colts system and being a member of Moseley Oak when they achieved promotion in 2015/2016. He spent a season playing for Excelsior in Otago, New Zealand, before returning to the UK and playing for Broadstreet when he captained the side.
Adam Balding, Director of Rugby said:
“We are delighted to have retained the services of these important players, our aim is to deliver an exciting style of rugby and these experienced players will play a major part in that and have a significant role in shaping the future.”
Adam Balding, Birmingham Moseley’s Director of Rugby, has been working hard since his arrival on re-signing and recruiting his squad for the forthcoming season.
The club are delighted and excited to announce that Adam has signed Worcester Warriors legend Jonny Arr at scrum half. Jonny is well known to Adam having played alongside him at Worcester between 2010 and 2012. Jonny ended his career at Worcester at the end of last season having made over 200 appearances for the club.
Adam wants to ensure Birmingham Moseley has strength at the core of its backline next season and the person equipped to lead the charge is Ravai Fatiaki. Fijian international Ravai, a Corporal in the Royal Signals, has re-signed from last season having made 16 appearances in red and black alongside those for the British Army, including the prestigious Babcock Trophy.
A mid-season loan to the club from Coventry in 2018-19, Louis Roach, made a real impact on the wing during his period at the club, ending the season as the second highest try scorer despite having only featured in half the fixtures. A former Moseley player before his move to Coventry we are delighted that he has decided to once more make Birmingham Moseley his home.
Continuing the Worcester Warriors connection wing/centre Mason Tonks has put pen to paper for next season. Mason was dual registered with the club last season but due to commitments at Sixways made just the one appearance against Darlington Mowden Park last October. Mason, an England 7’s International was a Gloucester Academy player before signing for Worcester. Renowned for his pace Mason will bring a cutting edge to the Birmingham Moseley backline.
Adam Balding, Director of Rugby said:
“Having Jonny join us is a tremendous coup for the club. This brings the exciting prospect of Jonny and Ravai teaming up again following their time together at Worcester Warriors. With the Premiership experience and game management skills he possesses Jonny will be a real asset to the team both on and off the field. Mason is a talented young England and Premiership 7’s player who will add pace to our back line. Louis has natural try scoring ability and impressed last season while on loan from Coventry. The skills these players possess are vital and will bring an exciting brand of attacking rugby to the club”
Stewart Pearl joins as forwards coach from Birmingham & Solihull. Pearl took up the reigns of the pack at Portway following a successful period at Broad Street where he was part of the management team who steered them to National 2 promotion in 2017. Before retiring Stewart played hooker for Worcester Warriors, Plymouth Albion, Coventry and Cambridge.
Stewart Pearl said:
“I have played against Birmingham Moseley RFC many times in my playing career and have always held the club in high regard, so I am really pleased to have the chance to help the club continue their successes as a member of the coaching team. I can’t wait for the season to start and am looking forward to getting stuck in to play a part in ensuring the club makes a big impact in National One this year”.
Joining Stewart this season is Rob Norman who will take the strength and conditioning coach role. Rob is currently strength and conditioning lead for Archery GB’s Olympic and Paralympic team. He holds the same role at The English Institute for Sport.
Rob comes to us from Coventry Rugby where he has spent 10 years as Head of Performance.
Rob Norman said:
“Having worked in S&C for over a decade across multiple sports I am really excited to return to the weekly challenges of National 1 rugby. Currently working in support of team GB's Olympic aspirations in Tokyo I am really looking forward to applying my 10+ years of experience in S&C here at Birmingham Moseley Rugby club helping drive high standards both on and off the pitch.”
Adam Balding, Director of Rugby said:
“I am delighted to welcome Stewart and Rob to the club. They both bring proven experience at this level. Rob’s CV speaks for itself and I look forward to him adding real value to the club both on and off the field. Stewart, a former Championship hooker, is an extremely dynamic coach, well regarded and experienced at this level and is an ideal coach for the style of play we are looking for.”
Adam Balding, Birmingham Moseley’s new Director of Rugby, has started to assemble his new coaching team for the 2019/20 season. As his first appointment Adam is delighted to announce that Peter Glackin will be taking up the post of Head Coach from 1st June.
Peter is no stranger to Midlands rugby having played and coached in the region for many years. He can boast a wealth of experience including as a player for Birmingham & Solihull, Rugby Lions, Coventry and Stourbridge along with roles as 1st team coach and academy education founder at Coventry Rugby and most recently Head of Rugby for Birmingham and Solihull. Peter is also currently Head of Rugby and academies manager at Coventry College.
Peter Glackin said:
“Birmingham Moseley is a fantastic rugby club with a huge amount of tradition. I’m really looking forward to the journey & working in a competitive environment with excellent facilities.
Adam Balding, Director of Rugby said:
“Peter has operated at National 1 level for over 10 years and has a proven track record of success both on and off the field having coached at Coventry for many years and was instrumental in guiding Birmingham and Solihull to promotion to National 2.
This is an exciting time for Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club and to have Peter Glackin taking the role of Head Coach will certainly bring a new and inspiring brand of rugby to Billesley Common.”
Birmingham Moseley are delighted to announce former England ‘A’ and England 7’s back row Adam Balding as its new Director of Rugby.
Adam brings a wealth of experience at both International and Premiership level, he has toured Argentina with England ‘A’ and has represented England at every age level. He was also selected for the World 7’s Series in Chile and Argentina.
Currently Balding is Head Coach at Cinderford RFC a role he has occupied since May 2016. During his first season at the club he steered the just relegated side to a respectable 7th place in National League 2. The following year he led them to promotion back into National 1, losing only one game along the way.
When he first stepped down from playing professional rugby Adam took up the position of event coordinator for RWC2015 before moving to become Head of Gloucester Rugby’s Community Department.
Adam played his most successful rugby at Leicester Tigers, where he spent six years, during that time winning two Heineken Cup trophies and five Premiership titles. Having made 128 appearances for Leicester, in 2004 he moved to Gloucester where he became club captain. Adam suffered a serious Achilles tendon injury during his time at Gloucester and as part of his return to full match fitness Birmingham Moseley supporters will recall he had a short loan spell at the club in 2007.
Having had spells at Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors he finished his playing career at London Welsh.
This high level of achievement and experience makes him the ideal person for the role. As well as having responsibility for the first team he will also oversee all other playing matters in the club including essential community involvement.
Adam Balding said:
“Cinderford is a club which is not only traditional but also embraces all of the core values of grass roots rugby, this is magnified through DOR Paul Morris who I personally want to thank.
Over the past 3 and a half years I have enjoyed an incredible journey working alongside such a special group of players, coaches and back room staff which has seen great success both on & off the field.
Birmingham Moseley is a huge club steeped in history and success, seeing many top class players pull on the prestigious jersey over the years. The challenge ahead of the 2019-20 season is great with a lot of hard work to be done but I am extremely excited to be getting started.”
John Richards, Director, Birmingham Moseley Rugby said:
“I am delighted to welcome Adam to our club and very much look forward to working with him. While his primary focus will be our 1stXV his brief will also include the progress and success of Moseley Oak and our Academy”.
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:
Simon Cross said:
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.
31st August 2018
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.
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.
11th July 2018
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."
16th May 2018
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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