Birmingham Moseley Sign Scottish International Centre Alex Grove from Worcester Warriors
12th July 2016
At the club’s Annual General Meeting last night 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. Always popular with the Sixways fan base Alex found himself inexplicably out of favour under recently departed DoR Dean Ryan, spending a period of last season on loan at London Scottish playing alongside his brother Ollie.
The move to Birmingham Moseley offers Alex the opportunity of regular first XV rugby coupled with the chance to start imparting his considerable knowledge of rugby at the highest levels to up and coming young players at the club. Having been an instrumental part in Worcester progressing to the Premiership Grove will be a vital part of Birmingham Moseley’s drive to re-join The Championship.
Alex qualified for Scotland through his grandfather Ron Wylie the former Aston Villa, Notts County & Birmingham footballer who also managed West Bromwich Albion. In a Scottish shirt Grove enjoyed victories over Fiji and Australia.
Speaking of the signing last night Maggs said “Alex brings with him an impressive level of professionalism when it comes to playing and training and I am sure his presence will raise the bar for the whole squad in terms of effort. Clearly he will have a big impact in both the team and the National One league.”
Another group of players join the Birmingham Moseley ranks
22nd June 2016
Birmingham Moseley Rugby bolster their squad with the announcement of four further signings for next season.
In the second row Maidstone born George Oram joins from Rotherham, George is a former England Counties and Blackheath player. Birmingham Moseley have been seeking a big ball carrying specialist to partner Greg Charlton. Oram with his 6ft 4”, 18st 12lb frame and proven ball handling skills fits the brief exactly.
Director of Rugby, Kevin Maggs, is renowned for spotting young talent then mentoring and coaching them to achieve at the highest level of the game, his newest signing is the latest example of this philosophy. Birmingham born Sam Shepherd, a 21 year old centre/fly half, joins from Bromsgrove having previously played for Hartpury College and Nottingham Trent University. At 6ft 3in and 16st 5lb he is a strong running player who will be challenging for a starting pairing with Greg King.
Joining George and Sam is another player identified as having the potential and desire to succeed in National One. Bolstering the front row highly rated prop Matthew Probert joins from National 3 outfit Scunthorpe RFC.
With the experience of forwards coach Louis Deacon behind him, Maggsy is sure that Matt will make a big impression in this league. 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.
Although his name will be well known he might not be so recognisable from his appearance. Over the season he has sported an impressive ZZ Top style beard which will no doubt encourage some friendly banter from his team mates and supporters.
Gloucestershire U20 player Ed has got real pace which was clearly evident in the pre-season game against Ebbw Vale. Now fully fit he is looking forward to establishing himself in the starting XV.
Trio of signings for Birmingham Moseley
15th June 2016
Birmingham Moseley Rugby continue to strengthen the squad with their three latest signings.
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.
Penn can play at both wing and full back, making the number 15 shirt his own following the departure of Anthony Carter. Unfortunately his appearances last season were limited to 13 following a lengthy injury lay off. His versatility will be vital with the heavy workload expected next season.
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.
Former Leicester Academy player Elliot made a promising start to his career at Albion last season and was highly rated by Director of Rugby Graham Dawe. Unfortunately he suffered a leg injury that side-lined him for much of the season and had to make do with appearances off the replacements bench while he recovered. Now fully fit he is expected to fill the position vacated by Glyn Hughes.
Back rower Jacques, is a major signing for Birmingham Moseley having spent 4 successful seasons at local rivals Coventry. He made 54 appearances for the club scoring 23 tries in the process. A 6ft 4in hard running ball carrier, he has enjoyed an Portuguese national career spanned 2011 to 2014 gaining 13 caps and scoring 4 tries. Le Roux will form part of an impressive all international back row alongside England sevens caps Chris Brightwell and Jack Preece.
Birmingham Moseley introduce their new arrival and welcome back an old campaigner
From 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.
The previous confirmation of Chris remaining at the club is a crucial element in our campaign to return to the second tier of English rugby. He has experience at the highest levels of the game having been part of the successful England 7’s set up. Several young players coming through our Youth and Development system will learn from his experience and leadership. Together with his motivational skills in the dressing room and on the pitch he brings an air of stability and calmness around the club.
To 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.
Adam is red and black through and through and has been at the club since the age of 12, next season will be his 16th in the 1st XV squad.
‘Caveman’ has seen both the good and bad times at the club and has always remained true to the shirt. He was as disappointed as anybody at the club to drop out of The Championship and is determined to put that right this season.
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.”
This will be Sam’s sixth season at Billesley Common having made his hundredth appearance in red and black last October, a milestone marked by a presentation from World Cup winner Martin Johnson coinciding with the official opening of the clubs new stand and banqueting complex.
Dave starts his fifth season as part of the 1st XV squad having come through the Youth system at the club.
Last season saw the duo make a similar number of appearances as part of their friendly rivalry for the starting number nine jersey, Brown making 22 to Brazier’s 29.
Both players are firm favourites with the supporters and are always happy to have a chat after the game.
Training for the new season begins shortly and Kevin Maggs has started to assemble the sort of squad that will make a strong challenge for a return to the Championship. More signings to be announced over the next few days.
Two more players re-sign on the eve of name change
31st May 2016
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.
The latest signings come just prior to the imminent re-branding of Moseley to Birmingham Moseley Rugby. The club are re-positioning themselves to make customers, businesses and sponsors more aware of their position as one of the leading sports clubs in the Birmingham area. Off the field the club has one of the largest event venues in the Midlands, with the capacity to entertain up to 1000 guests. The club recognise that to reach its goals it will require significant investment and a sustainable income stream. Our new sales and marketing strategy will ensure that Birmingham Moseley is synonymous with success both on and off the field.
Despite the loss of funding from the RFU following relegation last season, Director of Rugby, Kevin Maggs is assembling a side that will offer a strong challenge for an immediate return to the Championship. A number of players have been retained from last season and new faces are already joining them.
Moseley bring in new faces to begin their assault in National 1
23rd May 2016
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. Before joining Rotherham, Preece played two seasons with Gloucestershire U20's, becoming their top try scorer. The following year he advanced to the Gloucestershire seniors reaching the County Championship final at Twickenham.
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.
Moseley regulars may remember him when he played for Birmingham and Solihull, where he spent 5 seasons, captaining the team at the age of 22.
He made the Championship Dream team twice, with Birmingham and Solihull in 2009/10 and with Rotherham Titans 2014/15 where he became the clubs seasons leading try scorer.
James Elliot, a 5ft 11ins, 120kg tighthead prop also makes the trip down from Yorkshire. Elliott will bring valuable insight to National 1 teams with him having spent a period of time on loan to Hull Ionians where he made eight appearances last season. Prior to joining the Titans James played for Old Centralians in National 3 South.
Moseley players commit to the club
19th May 2016
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
16th May 2016
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 Chairman Dave Warren said “We have given Kevin our full backing, he is passionate about the club and we feel that he is the right person to assemble a strong squad capable of challenging for top spot next year.”
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 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, replacing John Caves who retired at the end of last season.
Maggs has been quick to acknowledge the efforts and support of departing coaching staff, particularly that of Dave Hilton. Kevin said “I have enjoyed working with Dave, and valued his contributions immensely over the last four seasons at Moseley. He has been instrumental in building a set of forwards ready to take on any pack in the league. I wish him well in his future endeavors.”
“Looking to next season I am excited to be working with Louis Deacon in his expanded role as Forwards Coach. I am sure he will bring a new dynamic to Moseley’s pack”
Maggs is now setting his sights on assembling his squad for next season and a number of announcements will be made shortly.
Kevin said” losing the RFU funding is not ideal but it is something we have to accept and get on with working to the future. I am confident we have players that are committed to the club and the announcement recently of Chris Brightwell leading the team next year is testament to that.”
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.
J.R. said about the sponsorship;
“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 was born in the Rhondda Valley in 1921 where his great love of rugby first became apparent. He joined the RAF in 1936 and became a decorated Lancaster Pilot in 90 Squadron Bomber Command.
Following the War he came to Birmingham to teach and played for Moseley for 4 years before returning home to Wales. He was a member of the Moseley Players Association and was a member of the Club for almost all his remaining years.
He died in 2012 in his 92nd year. My sponsorship is in honour of his memory”.
Louis Deacon Joins Moseley’s Coaching Staff
Moseley Rugby Club Director of Rugby Kevin Maggs, today confirmed that ex Leicester and England Second Row Louis Deacon will be joining the coaching team until the end of the season.
Louis will primarily focus on supporting the forward coaching activities, with a particular emphasis on lineout play.
Louis brings with him exceptional experience of rugby at the highest level during a playing career which saw him make 274 appearances for Leicester Tigers, including winning six Premiership finals, two Anglo-Welsh Cups and lifting the Heineken Cup twice. On the international stage he has won 29 England caps, including being part of the 2011 World Cup Squad in New Zealand.
Unfortunately in February of 2015 Deacon was forced to announce his retirement from the playing side of the game due to injury.
Since retiring Louis has remained active in rugby as an Ambassador for the Matt Hampson Foundation while working as an Assistant Coach to the Spanish national team.
Kevin Maggs said “We are extremely pleased to bring someone with Louis’ vast knowledge of the forward game at the highest level to Billesley Common. In particular his command of lineout play over fourteen years at Leicester will prove invaluable in the clubs Championship campaign during the second half of the season. I am sure he will become an invaluable member of the coaching team.”
Moseley Rugby Club amends name to Birmingham Moseley from June 2016
Moseley Rugby Club has great pleasure in announcing that they will start the 2016/17 season as ‘Birmingham Moseley’. The decision was confirmed this week by the Moseley board following approval of an application to the RFU Governance Committee on the 3rd November.
Moseley stalwart Adam Caves hits the big 300
Adam Caves marks the official opening of the new £3.6m Moseley stand by making his 300th appearance for the 1st XV this weekend. He is now putting ‘clear water’ between himself and the previous record holders for rugby during the professional era - lock Richard Stott (285) and full back Andy Binns (284) who were both former team mates.
Caves joined the club as a Junior and progressed through the Colts system where he picked up England U16, U18, U19, U20 and U21 honours as well as touring with the England Counties XV. He made his Moseley 1st XV debut in 2000.
The 33 year old hooker stated in his website profile that his ambition was to carry on playing until he is 35……….so the supporters will be pleased to realise they have another couple of seasons of him yet. Many will share Adam’s ‘best rugby memory’ - The EDF Energy Cup final win at Twickenham in 2009 when Moseley upset the odds beating Leeds Carnegie 23-18.
MOSELEY flanker Neil Mason admitted he had to pinch himself in amazement after walking away with a top prize at the inaugural National Rugby Awards at Twickenham.
England are hosting Fiji at Rugby HQ on Friday September 18, but Mason got a sneak peak at the famous venue on Wednesday night at the first ever Lawson Keys National Rugby Awards.
With the support of England captain Chris Robshaw, the awards celebrate the great and the good of the sport’s grassroots heroes, acknowledging the dedication and commitment to rugby by thousands of clubs and individuals across the country.
Mason was there due to Moseley’s nomination for the BMW Club Development of the Year award, and after beating five other clubs to the prize the flanker could hardly believe his luck.
“It’s fantastic to win for Moseley at this time because we have built this new facility and we need to tell people who are out there, Birmingham as a city,” he said.
“Moseley is obviously the premier rugby club for Birmingham city and we are pushing that forward now with that new facility.
“So much of the work has been done by volunteers and it has taken a long time to get off the ground.
“We have actually achieved it and it is a fantastic facility, we have now had three or four functions and everyone has been over the moon with our results, so the question now is can we do it on the rugby field.”
Moseley’s new £3.6million facility is even allowing Mason and co to dream big once again.
“For years and years gone by Moseley has been a massive club and we have had to rebuild and restructure from the bottom,” Mason added.
“We have built this club back from the ashes if you like and we are trying to get them back out there and these facilities are going to make it for us.
“We are all building towards that successful future which will then enable us to do it on the pitch as well it will put us back on the map.
“We really have been in the doldrums for some years and this is a start in the right direction, sometime in the future we will be in the Premiership, and this is what we are trying to do.”
Lawson Keys sponsor the 2015 National Rugby Awards. Follow the Awards in The Rugby Paper www.therugbypaper.co.uk
Picture: Robin Johnson (Director Moseley) & Neil Mason receive the award
Moseley Rugby appoints Amadeus as catering partner
for their new Conference & Banqueting complex.
Moseley Rugby are pleased to confirm the commencement of an exclusive five-year contract with Multi-award winning caterer Amadeus for the provision of catering services to the club. The contract will include the 320-capacity function suite within the Rugby Club’s brand new stand and adjoining facility which is used by Birmingham City Indoor Bowls Club and can seat up to 410 people.
As part of the deal with Moseley Rugby Club, Amadeus will play a key role attracting and retaining events on non-match days, such as corporate functions and private parties. The club has ambitious plans to continue the development of its new facility in order to attract the regional business community and Amadeus will use its expertise in catering and hospitality to help achieve this.
Bill Redwood, General Manager at Moseley Rugby Club, said: “We chose Amadeus because we know that they will take our catering offer to a new level which will further enhance the reputation of our great rugby club and drive revenues which we can re-invest to continue to elevate our club through to the Premiership.”
The deal is another positive move for Amadeus, part of the NEC Group, who are fast establishing themselves as a leading caterer for sporting venues and events having achieved record sales at a number of golfing events over the summer. At the Scottish Open revenue increased 41% against budget, whilst at Dunhill Links and the Ricoh Women's British Open, budget was exceeded by 10% and 11% respectively. Amadeus also has a strong relationship with the LTA; providing catering services at the AEGON Classic at Edgbaston and AEGON International at Eastbourne.
Chris Reynolds, Sales Director at Amadeus said: “This is an exciting project that we are thrilled to be part of. At Amadeus, we tailor our offer to the clients’ needs and objectives to add value wherever we can. With almost 40years’ experience in the catering industry, a great track record in the sporting sector and high quality food and service we are confident that we can help Moseley Rugby Club achieve their growth targets.
Amadeus is the NEC Group’s retail, conference & banqueting, and hospitality caterer. Amadeus has almost 40 years’ experience catering for the NEC Group’s 4 million visitors, at more than 750 events a year, across its world class venues (the NEC, ICC, Genting Arena and Barclaycard Arena). With more than 600 staff, including 75 chefs, the Amadeus team has won more than 650 awards for quality and innovation in catering.
In addition to its home venues, Amadeus currently operates at over 15 major ‘meet’ and ‘visit’ external events and venues, including The Scottish Open, Tatton Park, Cadbury World, Dudley Zoo, Stoneleigh Abbey, Stratford Riverside, Library of Birmingham and Camden Council. Amadeus utilises its Oak Kitchen restaurant brand and new MADE café concept in many of the venues, and also manages more than 60 outlets for retail partners JD Wetherspoons, Starbucks, Subway, Pasty Presto, Jimmy Spices and DP Coffee.
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