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Brian Dick brings your all the latest Rugby Union news and comment in his Birmingham Post column, RugbyTalk.

Moseley players celebrate with the EDF Energy National Trophy after their victory over Leeds

The day Moseley broke charmless Leeds' hearts

Moseley head to Nottingham tomorrow looking to take another step towards a highest ever finish in the 12-team Championship.

Craig Voisey celebrates scoring.

Moseley players sharing a landmark weekend

Craig Voisey might not be the first Moseley player to bring up a century of appearances this season but his landmark match will be one that lives in everyone's memory.

Jonny Wilkinson lifts the Heineken Cup for Toulon

Clamour to get on board big earners' bandwagon

European rugby's re-organisation has come about with one thing in mind...getting a slice of the riches enjoyed for so long by their footballing cousins

Jake Abbott of Worcester Warriors

Jake: Future looks bright despite imminent drop

Jake Abbott is confident in Dean Ryan's long-term vision to revamp Worcester Warriors.

Regionalisation produces tasty derbies, but clubs are concerned opposition standards will slip

More regionalisation is wrong road for rugby

The National Leagues are up in arms about proposed changes to the league structure from level three downwards.

England's Mike Brown has been the player of the tournament so far in the 2014 Six Nations

Triple Crown beckoning for Lancaster's England

Ireland, England, Wales and France all have two matches left to snatch a crown that for once has justified the perennial pre-tournament hype.

Moseley's Rhys Buckley scored the opening try in last week's victory over Cornish Pirates

Home is where heart is for an in-form Moseley

Last Friday night’s victory over Cornish Pirates was notable for a number of reasons, not least because it was Moseley’s first over the powerful Penzance outfit since April 2008.

Moseley are mauled by Leeds Carnegie in the Championship last weekend

David very rarely ever beats rugby's Goliath

The perceived wisdom prevalent in the Greene King IPA Championship, indeed at virtually any level of rugby, is that ‘anybody can beat anybody on their day’.

Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell had France staring down the barrel

Whatever the luminescent scoreboard at the Stade de France said last Saturday night, England kicked off their 2014 RBS Six Nations campaign with a victory.

Leicester's Ryan Lamb will join Worcester after the two sides meet this week

Ryan Lamb to join Worcester Warriors after clash with Leicester Tigers

Fly half was first given his big break by Warriors coach Dean Ryan when the pair were at Gloucester.

One of the Rugby World Cup teams could be using Sutton Coldfield as a base next year

Sutton Coldfield RFC in frame to be base for one of the Rugby World Cup teams

Birmingham club on list of 65 potential venues which will be reduced to 50 for next year's tournament

England head coach Stuart Lancaster issues instructions at a training session in Bagshot

Time for more positivity from Lancaster's troops

Stuart Lancaster has done well so far. Since replacing Martin Johnson he has recovered much of the ground lost under the his predecessor’s misguided reign.

Plans for Moseley's new West Stand

Work to start on new Moseley RFC stand

Funding from Sport England approved as rugby club prepares to expand sports village

Dean Ryan

Years of malaise behind Warriors' current plight

When Worcester were first promoted to the Premiership in 2004 few gave them much hope of survival.

Premiership Rugby chief Mark McCafferty

McCafferty should look to second tier for help

Premiership Rugby chief Mark McCafferty could do a lot worse than turn to the Championship's leading lights to help him out of a considerable hole.

Eugene Martin

It’s Grade Bs all round for West Midlands trio

So, how have Coventry, Stourbridge and Birmingham & Solihull fared in the first half of the 2013-14 campaign.

Premier Rugby Limited Chief Executive Mark McCafferty, left, and chairman Quentin Smith

PRL should swallow its pride in Euro debacle

PRL has suddenly got a nine week hole in its fixture list. You can almost hear the Corporal Jones-like cries of ‘Don’t panic’ emanating from PRL Towers.

A change of position changed the path of James Stephenson ‘s rugby career.

James Stephenson rockets his way to the Premiership

Anyone who has seen James Stephenson jink and weave his way through defences would have guessed the Worcester winger’s route to the Premiership has not been a straight one.

Toulon's Jonny Wilkinson lifts the trophy after winning during the Heineken Cup Final in Dublin

Power struggle could prove costly for European rugby

The proposal to replace the current Heineken Cup with the Rugby Champions Cup came from English and French clubs that wanted greater autonomy when it came to the allocation of revenue.

Aaron Cruden (left) celebrates his match-winning kick for New Zealand in the match against Ireland

Shane Howarth teaching Worcester the All Blacks way

Backs coach setting high standards for Warriors at Sixways

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