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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