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Adam Balding Finalises Squad by Building Relationships

Adam Balding has been working hard to build a strong working relationship with local Premiership and Championship clubs resulting in six players joining who will have the opportunity to benefit from playing in a hardworking professional environment as part of the very competitive National One league.

Three players join from Worcester Warriors on dual registration agreements.

Luke Scully joined Worcester in the summer of 2018 having played at under 16 and under 18 levels for Ospreys, representing Wales at under 18 level. A promising fly half he spent valuable time learning his trade alongside Wales Internationals, James Hook and Dan Biggar.

Morgan Monks, a back row player, made his debut for Worcester Cavaliers towards the end of last season while at Worcester Sixth Form College. He earned significant praise for his performance in that game, contributing strongly to a win over Northampton Wanderers.

Oli Morris a centre/wing joined Worcester from Saracens in the summer. Oli is no stranger to National 1 having helped Ampthill to promotion while on a dual registered deal. He had also made first team appearances for Saracens in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. Having represented England at under 18, Oli qualifies for Ireland through his grandmother and was included in the Ireland Six Nations squad at under 20 this year.

The fourth dual registered player Osman Dimen a prop arrives from Leicester Tigers. Osman made his first appearance for Leicester Tigers in the Premiership Shield Competition resulting from the links the club have with Loughborough University where he played his rugby. Osman earned the step up to the Tigers Development Squad from Loughborough this season.

Two players also join us from local Championship club Coventry on loan deals.

Robbie Povey joined Coventry at the start of the 2018/19 season. Robbie a fly half/full back was educated at Rugby School going on to Oxford Brooks University. While playing in the fifth tier of the England leagues he shot to International fame by playing International rugby for Canada. He qualifies for Canada by virtue of his Montreal born mother.

Beginning his International career at under 20 level he quickly went on to ‘A’ level making his full International debut against Chile in the Americas Rugby Championship in 2017. Robbie is certainly part of a sporting family, his father Colin Povey captained the England Water Polo Team and as local cricket followers will know was Chief Executive at Warwickshire CCC.

Scott Russell, second row, joined Coventry in the summer of 2018 after completing his degree at Bath University. Previously in the Development Squad he has been rewarded this year with a senior contract. Scott made one appearance in the red and black last season, where unfortunately an injury curtailed his further involvement at Billesley Common. Like Rob Povey he was part the Coventry team that edged out Birmingham Moseley in the pre-season friendly last month.

In addition to the above players a further three players have signed directly to Birmingham Moseley.

The club’s strong relationship with the British Army see’s Prop Rhys Roberts and Wing Michael Ogunwole added to the playing ranks. Rhys will be no stranger to supporters having made four appearances last season.

Michael, a powerful runner, has represented the Army at A level, having previously been part of Saracens Academy.

The final signing is prop Guy Toye. Like Rhys Roberts, Guy featured for Birmingham Moseley last season being drafted in to provide cover for injuries. Having impressed management he has been given the opportunity to consolidate his place in the squad.


Adam Balding, Director of Rugby said “ I am delighted that we have been able to make positive links with our local Premiership and Championship clubs. The players who have joined us have fitted in really well and will add value to our squad. Players will gain valuable experience and have the opportunity to show their potential. I want to build on these relationships as I see this as the next stage in the development of talented young players.”

Birmingham Moseley bolster their squad further for the 2019/2020 season
Director of Rugby, Adam Balding is delighted to have captured the services of highly regarded centre, Kieran Joyce. Kieran, 23, 6 ft and 15.5 stone was born in Ireland but educated at Solihull School. Rugby has been his passion from a very young age and he enjoyed age grade rugby at International level for Ireland. He has played for Ulster Rugby but more recently was a member of the Connacht Academy. He has experience at European Challenge Cup level representing Connacht last December making his debut in their game at home to Perpignan being retained for the return match the following week. Both matches resulted in wins for Connacht. He has also toured the USA earlier this year playing in the Cara Cup.
Joining Kieran is Bridgnorth born back rower Zac Xiourouppa. Zac has played at Worcester Warriors since the age of 14. He has played for England at Under 16 level and captained the Under 17 side. He became a member of the Warriors Senior Academy in the 2016/17 season going on to make his senior debut in the same season in the European Challenge Cup, playing in Russia against Enisei-STM, and a week later featured against Brive at Sixways. Zac spent 3 months in New Zealand recovering from injury joining Cornish Pirates on a dual registration contract for the 2018/19 season.
Making a name for himself at British Universities level is hooker Will Biggs. Will a Hartpury College graduate captained the record breaking side, when they won the British Universities and Colleges Super Rugby Championship final at Twickenham in April for the third consecutive year. Hartpury College is renowned for bringing the best out of their players and we welcome the opportunity to help him grow his game and join the ranks of one of the most formidable front rows in the league.

Adam Balding, Director of Rugby said: “I am delighted that I have been able to bring to the club the experience that Kieran and Zac possess. Both have an excellent pedigree playing at the highest level of age grade rugby.

Will is a young hooker with enormous potential. He has great enthusiasm for the game and we expect him to quickly become a contender for a starting role.”

Birmingham Moseley extend their squad with a further 8 new arrivals

Adam Balding has brought in a mix of youth and experience as he puts the final touches to his squad for the 2019/20 season.


Harry Mahoney comes to us from Leicester Tigers. Harry, 21, began playing rugby at school in the backs before finding his position at hooker. He joined Leicester Tigers at the early age of 13 earning his place in the Academy at 17. While in the Academy he played in the under 18 Academy League final progressing to the Development squad the following season. He has experience in the National leagues having played 20 times for Leicester Lions and 22 for Loughborough Students.

Aquile Smith joins from Hartpury College where he combined his rugby career with his masters degree studies. Aquile (25) a winger played 26 times for Birmingham & Solihull before moving to Hull Ionians in 2015 where he appeared 43 times scoring 19 tries. His scoring rate established himself as a proven finisher and this attracted Hartpury to sign him up for the 2017/18 season in The Championship. Alongside his league rugby Aquile was a renowned try scorer in the BUCS Super League

Tony Worthington, a bulky second row line out specialist comes in from Broadstreet. Tony is well known to another recent signing, Cliffie Hodgson who rates him highly from his time coaching him at Broadstreet.

Hooker Rhodri Tanner joins the front row brigade from Esher. Rhodri has experience of representative rugby by being selected for Wales Students. He spent a year at Nottingham Rugby followed by two years in National 2 North with Hinckley. He joined Esher for the 2018/19 season.


Adam Balding has also brought in four young players with genuine potential to make a name for themselves in the future. They will also become part of the Birmingham Moseley Academy Squad to further their development.


Jamal Gask-Clarke, a winger with Wasps Academy for the last two seasons has been part of the Coventry College Rugby Education Programme where he finished as their top try scorer in the 2018/19 season. He is also a member of the 2019 England 7’s Development Squad.

Jamal has just finished his academic studies at Coventry College and with ambitions to progress in the game is an extremely exciting signing as a senior academy player. With outstanding pace & an impressive try strike rate, he is one to watch for the future, as he develops further through the player pathway ranks.

Second Row Harry Barnes has just finished his academic studies at Coventry College after a 3 year period in the education playing programme, captaining the side for the 2018/19 season. At 6’ 5” & weighing in at 112kg Harry has developed in to an exceptional leader and comes to Birmingham Moseley Rugby Senior Academy as a real prospect for the future. Harry also made his league debut for Birmingham & Solihull aged 18 in the clubs Midlands Premier winning campaign in 2017-18. He has representative honours with Midlands 20’s Squad and Warwickshire U20’s.

Centre/Back Row Ollie Clarke has just finished his academic studies at Coventry College while developing in the education programme. He was voted Players’ Player of the Season 2018/19. A robust & dynamic attacker & defender, Ollie spent his age grade development at Old Coventrians RFC as well as spending some time with Wasps Academy in 2017-18. Transitioning from the back row to the centre position Ollie comes to Birmingham Moseley Senior Academy with aspirations to develop through the player pathway confirming he is player of real potential. He has represented Warwickshire at Under 18 level.

Scrum Half Josh McMurray comes in to the Birmingham Moseley Senior Academy after completing his development at Coventry College Rugby Education Programme as well as his age grade development at Old Coventrians RFC. A familiar name to the Midlands area with his dad Trent McMurray previously playing at hooker for Birmingham & Solihull & Coventry Rugby. A Cousin of Aaron Crofts, the clubs dynamic second row, Josh comes with real potential to progress through the player pathway ranks.


Adam Balding, Director of Rugby said:

“We have a tradition at this club of developing young players through our player pathway. My latest signings demonstrate our commitment to bring in local talent to join our Senior Academy giving them the opportunity to benefit from our expert coaching. I look forward to seeing this group of players progress through to the first team and beyond.”

Birmingham Moseley bring in Army frontline for assault on National One along with new backline Generals.

Adam Balding has strengthened his squad further by recruiting first choice Army players to bolster the front row.


Nathanael Titchard-Jones, a Sargent in The 1 Signal Regiment, has signed up again, having joined the club from Coventry at the end of last season. Although only making two appearances, his inclusion in the squad for the relegation battle against Loughborough Students and arguably Birmingham Moseley’s best performance of the season away against Chinnor, contributed significantly to the club’s survival in National 1. Call-ups to represent the army last year prevented him from establishing himself in the side, this season however he will have the opportunity to become part of a formidable front row.

Joining him will be Army colleague and fellow front row, hooker, Peter Austin. Peter a Bombardier in 12 Regiment of The Royal Artillery joins us from London Scottish. He spent 5 years at London Irish between 2005 and 2010 before signing up for the Army in 2013. He has been an ever present in The Army side playing a major role in their success in The Babcock Trophy match against The Navy at Twickenham earlier this year. He joined London Scottish in 2017 where he made 19 appearances. He has representative honours for England at both under 16 and 18 level.

There are many local legends in the game but this man lived up to that status while playing at Coventry. Cliffie Hodgson was a standout full back for the club earning the reputation of being an outstanding goal kicker, becoming the first player to score 1000 league points for Coventry. He was also awarded National 1 Dream Team status 3 years in a row and underlined his leadership ability by recording the most wins for a captain of the club. Since leaving the Warwickshire side in 2017 he has taken on the role of player/coach at Broadstreet.

The back line is further strengthened by the signing of fly half Ben Palmer. Ben has had two spells with Coventry initially in 2014/2015, leaving them to go to New Zealand where he played for North Otago. He returned from New Zealand and joined Henley Hawks. From there in 2016 he moved to National 1 rivals Old Albanian where he made 27 appearances scoring 173 points. Ben returned to Coventry in 2017 when he made his debut against Birmingham Moseley running in a 30 metre try under the posts. We look forward to seeing more of that this time in red and black.

Director of Rugby, Adam Balding said:

"I am delighted that we have been able to secure the services of two of the best front row players in the Armed Forces. Birmingham Moseley have always prided themselves on fielding a formidable pack and the addition of these two players will ensure we have the power in the forwards essential in this league.

Behind the pack I have brought in two players I believe have the experience and talent we need to deliver the sort of attacking rugby that can bring rewards in this league. Both Cliffie and Ben have proved themselves at this level and together with Peter and Nathanael they will support the balance between youth and experience in the side."

Birmingham Moseley announce seven further new signings for 2019/2020 season 

As part of building a squad for the 2019/20 season Birmingham Moseley are pleased to confirm the signing of a number of local players well known to Head Coach Peter Glackin and Director of Rugby Adam Balding.

As Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club recently announced the decision to transition to an amateur club a number of last season’s team were looking for the opportunity to continue to play at a senior level.

With an in-depth knowledge of their capabilities Pete Glackin, having coached them for a number of seasons, has managed to ensure that their talent is not lost to Midlands rugby by recruiting them to Billesley Common.

Joe Foreman (Prop): Joe has spent the last 3 seasons at Birmingham & Solihull where he gained a reputation for his scrummaging skills. He was part of the Midland Premier League winning team in 2017/2018. Prior to this he played for Broadstreet and for Coventry in National 1 racking up 74 appearances in the National Leagues. He came through the Academies at both Coventry College and Bedford Blues. Joe also represented The Midlands at under 18 level

Matt Spink (Second row): Matt was an age grade player at Birmingham and Solihull and like Joe Forman was an integral part of the Midland Premier league campaign. A destructive ball carrier and scrummager Matt will bring power to the Billesley boiler house.

Danny Wright (Back Row/Second Row): Danny, a lineout specialist, brings to the club a wealth of experience having played at Gloucester alongside the likes of Jonny May and James Haskell for Stade Francais in The Pro 14. Danny has played over 90 games in National Leagues including 67 with Coventry in National 1. He has represented England at Under 20 level gaining 12 caps.

Michael Stephens (Back Row): Michael will be known to many Birmingham Moseley supporters having come through the club Colts system. Dynamic back row Michael is highly regarded for his destructive tackling. It is exciting to see another product of the club’s development programmes return to the fold.

Jack Jolly (Scrum half): Jack can boast many achievements in his time at Birmingham & Solihull. He captained the side when winning the Midland Premier League title and went on to captain them in their National 2 South campaign. He played in every game, his excellent goal kicking enabled him to amass a total of 203 league points. He made The Talking Rugby Union Dream Team for National 2 and was the club’s player of the season.

Matt Dight (Winger): North Midlands U20 player Matt made his debut for Birmingham & Solihull in their National 2 campaign last season. In a difficult campaign he shone through scoring an impressive 18 tries in the process, gaining the accolade of being their most improved player of the season. Previously he played for Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Harry O’Brien (Full back/Fly half): Formerly a Kenilworth RFC player Harry played the last two seasons for Birmingham & Solihull. Bringing versatility to the backline, Harry also offers a further goal kicking option to the team.



Birmingham Moseley announce key players committing to the club for the 2019/2020 season

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.”



Birmingham Moseley announce signings and re-signings for 2019/2020 season

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”

Adam Balding adds to his coaching team

Adam Balding, Birmingham Moseley’s Director of Rugby, has announced the arrival of two further members of his coaching team for the 2019/2020 season.


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.

Having followed the club for a number of years, during my time playing & throughout my coaching career I’m excited for the season ahead.

Moving forward a clear vision has been identified around player pathways & senior squad performance, developing a culture and environment where players can work hard and express themselves. Creating a winning mentality as a collective is essential and will be a major focus for us all”.


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 announce new Director of Rugby

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”.