To view the 1st team selected for Saturday's fixture click on Teams - 1st team - Birmingham - line-up. You will get used to it eventually.
No news is good news, so the saying goes; not the case if you are a hack looking for a story. This led to some wildly inaccurate and febrile speculation regarding some of Ionians finest in the Rugby press shortly after the departure of Martyn Wood.
Woody gave an assurance he would not make overtures to players on Ionians books and despite disappointment at the timing of his departure, he left with our good wishes. It appears he is a man of his word and I’s go into the new season with the majority of last season’s successful squad intact, to face the rigours of National 1.
There are a number of new additions we welcome this season including:
George Mewburn. George, a powerful no. 6, has been on the radar for a couple of seasons and comes to I’s from Driffield.
Rahat Choudhury. Rahat is another back-row, from York. Last season he impressed when playing for South Leicester against I’s.
Joe Green – Joe is a scrum -half on dual reg. with the Yorkshire RFU Academy. He played at Huddersfield for much of last season.
Tim Waqadau – Tim is Fijian but has been playing on the wing in the slightly less exotic environs of Knaresboro’ Rugby club.
Josh Peace – Josh is a prop forward from Harrogate and is doubly welcome as he plays either side of the scrum.
Alfie Beadle – Alfie is an inside centre who was at Titans last year but had his season severely disrupted by injury.
Eddie Brown – Eddie Brown is a Selby lad who was a back-rower, alongside Ben Whyte, in last season’s successful U20 North team. He is currently studying at Northumberland Uni.
James Thomson – James is a promising scrum-half who joins the contingent from Pocklington.
Steve Townend, Mike Umaga and others are working to attract several other players to the club, news of their arrival will be added once the ink is dry.
Welcome and good luck to them all.
Steve has shouldered the brunt of the increased workload following the departure of Woody. Don’t be shy in offering any assistance to help out, in any capacity. A willing volunteer is worth 12 pressed men, my Grandmother used to say, and it is a struggle finding even one of those pressed men…
Step up to the plate, it’s more rewarding than it looks!
There are a few familiar names missing from team sheet and it will be a week or more before they are ready for action, these include Joe Makin, Ed Falkingham, James Sanderson, Lewis Minikin, Sam Wilson, Tony Kuku and Steve Slingsby. All but Sally’s lad should be back before long but Sam is out for the season.