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

Bees are all abuzz about Moseley name-change plan

Moseley's plan to change their name has received a mixed reaction from some of the region’s leading rugby officials.

Bristol's Director of Rugby Andy Robinson

Olly Robinson hoping to impress his harshest critic of all

Olly Robinson is targeting a first team place at big-spending Bristol next term.

Chris Pennell

Pennell a beacon of light in sorry Warriors season

There hasn’t been much to cheer about at Sixways this season but some people deserve recognition for their achievements over the last 12 months so rugby correspondent Brian Dick hands out a few awards. Some coveted, others less so.

Dean Ryan

Worcester Warriors down but not out after relegation blow

Worcester will be further away from the Premiership's top six next season but in many ways they will actually be closer to it because of the changes Ryan and the board have made.

Olly Robinson is one of a number of quality players Moseley will now have to do without

Exodus leaves Kevin Maggs at square one once again

Kevin Maggs worked tirelessly to provide Moseley with a team worthy of Championship status.

Matt Williams was player of the season and scored two of the best tries

Brian Dick chooses this season's Moseley RFC highlights

This has been an anxiety-free season and it must be cherished as such because there’s no guarantee when the next one will be along.

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.

In This Week's Paper

Journalists

Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor