Pertemps Bees have further strengthened their squad ahead of the new National League One season by signing hooker Stewart Pearl from league rivals Plymouth Albion.
Pearl, 26, hails from Leamington and has decided to return to the Midlands having made more than 70 National One appearances, first for Worcester and then for Plymouth.
"Stewart has a proven track record in this league," said former Wales lock Steve Williams, Pertemps Bees' new head coach. "He played more rugby as last season went on and he will bring valuable experience to our squad.
"He's a solid character and a tough no-nonsense player. That's the sort of attitude that we like. He's a Midlands boy who wanted to move back to the area and we're delighted to have signed him."
Pearl will be in competition with former Wales Under-21 hooker Matt Miles, who played a longside Williams at Northampton. n The chief executive of the Professional Rugby Players' Association (PRA), Damian Hopley, has demanded his organisation be given the recognition it deserves following the findings of a poll that has revealed serious concerns among its members.
The survey of players, conducted by Ipsos MORI, revealed the length of the current season, an increase in the severity of injuries and a lack of influence on a decision-making level are among the top concerns for professional players in England. Hopley insists the PRA should be listened to.
"This is not about points scoring but we (the PRA) cannot work in isolation because it is damaging to the image of the sport and ultimately damaging to our members," Hopley said.
"Today is all about the PRA raising our game and making a robust demand to be included in the right structures for our sport to continue to succeed at both club and international level.
"Since the game went professional over ten years ago, the players have consistently delivered, both on and off the field.
"The time is now right for the governing bodies (the Rugby Football Union and Premier Rugby) to recognise t he input, value and common sense of the players and ensure we work together as an industry and solve the problems.
"We are seeing a real sea-change among players this year as they are confronted with the season that is presented to them and are growing increasingly despondent.
"We are only as strong as our weakest member and the governing bodies will only take us seriously if they realise this is a very serious issue; that it is spread through the entire game and we have to look at it together.
"We do need deadlines and I think it's a case of p utting these proposals to the RFU and to the clubs, so they are aware of what we are trying to achieve." n After the huge success of Warwickshire's TwentyTwenty competition last season, it is to continue for the forthcoming season.
Two matches of twenty minutes each way will be played under floodlights, with the Warwickshire pool, sponsored by Alan Campbell Communications, getting underway at Shipston-on-Stour RFC on September 13 (7.30pm). Host side Shipston S hearlings, Southam Dinosaurs, Alcester Phoenix and newcomers Harbury are expected to feature in the first session.
Further sessions are planned at Leamington on S eptember 20 and at Stratford on September 27 when Kenilworth Cougars, Kenilworth Medics, Stratford Leopards, Leamington Lions and Shottery Shakers are scheduled to play.
The South Warwickshire matches will be played each month until February when all four Warwickshire district pools will join to play for the Don Robins Cup and Shield.
For further information, contact Bob Jones on 01789 292610.