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.

That comes at home to Bristol on Saturday, a game which sees the Championship’s pacesetters try to win at a venue where they have never tasted victory.

Their fifth attempt will be broadcast by Sky Sports cameras in what will be the first-ever live screening of a Moseley league match. Voisey only need set his digibox to keep a copy of his big day for posterity.

However, if it’s an auspicious day for the Moseley loosehead, it’s an even bigger one for team-mate Nigel Burrows, who will miss his TV date for the not inconsiderable reason he is marrying his fiancée, Kelly-Louise.

Arranged on what was originally a free weekend, dynamic blindside Burrows has been given a day off work by head coach Kevin Maggs.

For Voisey, though, things aren’t quite that simple.

He and first-team hooker Adam Caves will have a foot in both camps, having been invited to the reception, the forwards will no doubt sit on the front row of the church, before attending part of the reception and then high-tailing it from Alcester across Warwickshire to face Bristol in a 5.05pm kick-off.

It will indeed be a memorable afternoon. “It’s going to be special to me, I will always remember it as my 100th game but my girlfriend is going to miss it because she’ll be staying at Nigel’s wedding,” Voisey said.

“Me and Caveman are going to be going from the wedding – where they will be screening it live – to the game, to play and then go back to the evening do with the rest of the boys.

“That will be quite weird, particularly because I don’t think I’ve ever turned up for rugby in a suit before.”

Nigel Burrows
Nigel Burrows
 

Not that Voisey should feel out of place. The 28-year-old has enjoyed his best season in Red and Black and his arrival at his 100th game is only made more commendable by the fact he missed large parts of the last two campaigns with a broken arm.

Indeed, the former Bees and Rotherham prop admits those travails will make Saturday a poignant personal occasion.

“At one point it didn’t look like I would be coming back so to come back and make that 100 is a good sense of personal pride. Being nearly forced to retire but turning it around.”

He says that with the clarity afforded by hindsight. When he first sustained the injury, in the relegation play-offs at the end of the 2011-12 season, it was an individual and collective blow but not one deemed too serious.

However, following surgery and rehabilitation he re-broke it playing against London Scottish just eight months later. For all Voisey’s determination to make it back before the end of the 2012-13 campaign, Maggs harboured serious misgivings. The former Ireland international’s cautionary words seemed right when Voisey unknowingly suffered a third break in the final game of last season.

Nevertheless, the past few months have been happily incident-free, indeed, the ex-Bristol mini and junior has emerged as one of the first names on the teamsheet –- for reasons other than his position.

His work-rate around the field has never wavered and in the scrum he seems to be enjoying many more good days than bad.

He will hope for another against either Argentine international Gaston Cortes or former England Test cap Jason Hobson, players whom he could have counted as colleagues had conversations with Paul Hull reached a conclusion a few years ago.

Voisey claims he bears no grudges that they didn’t, merely a desire to prove David can continue to defy Goliath as he has done in the previous four years and to extend a Moseley career that has seen him become increasingly influential.

“I have got no reason to stop and not crack on to 150 and maybe even more. I don’t think I will get to Adam Caves’s status but if I get to 150 I would be happy with that. Ben Evans is nearly 50 so I’ve got a few more years yet.

“It’s a big day for the club and a big day for Birmingham rugby. Hopefully we will get a big crowd out and do some offers to clubs around the area because if ever there was an opportunity to showcase Birmingham rugby – and our building site – then this is it. I hope Birmingham rugby turns out in full force to show the world how massive it can be.”

Do that and they could cheer Mose on to a famous victory that would make Mr and Mrs Burrows’s happy day even more memorable.