RFU President to visit Birmingham

Bob Rogers, the president of the Rugby Football Union, will be in Birmingham on Saturday October 28 when he will visit the neighbouring Five Ways OE and Kings Norton clubs and attend Woodrush's 40th anniversary dinner.

Mr Rogers, who was elected president at the RFU's annual meeting in July, will visit Five Ways' ground at Hopwood to see the damage that was caused by a fire that destroyed the Midlands Five West North club's clubhouse last summer.

The building, which was barely 30 years old, was razed to the ground and much valuable memorabilia, including shirts donated by former England winger Keith Fielding, who began his career at Five Ways, was destroyed.

The RFU president has been invited by Peter Grace, the chairman of Five Ways and the RFU Council member for North Midlands, to visit the ground and to watch Five Ways' game against Harbury in the second round of the EDF Energy Junior Vase.

Although Five Ways no longer have a clubhouse or changing room they have been given help by Kings Norton, their very near neighbours, who have provided them with changing and hospitality facilities at their ground at the opposite side of Ash Lane in Hopwood.

Mr Rogers and other guests will attend a reception at Kings Norton, a ground that has benefited from the installation of match-standard floodlights under the RFU's Community Club Development Programme fund.

Kings Norton's facilities are now used extensively by the local community and also by National One club Pertemps Bees who use the ground for midweek training sessions.

In the evening the RFU President will attend the First Match Dinner at Woodrush, held on the same weekend each year to mark the first game played by the old boys of Woodrush High School in Wythall against Redditch on October 29 1966.

Mr Rogers will be a guest of honour at the dinner at which John Bentley, the former England and British Lions winger, will be guest speaker.

Woodrush were the first club of Matt Cox, who played for England's triumphant side in last season's Under-18 Home Unions Tournament in Gloucestershire. Cox is now a contracted professional at Worcester Warriors.

Woodrush also have a player in the current North Midlands Under-18 county side, winger Zak Small who is the son of former England and Warwickshire cricketer Gladstone Small.

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