Moseley have announced the first tranche of retained players to join captain Neil Mason in next year's squad, including England Sevens aspirant James Rodwell.

The Billesley Common outfit have agreed a one-year deal with their mercurial No 8 - who is on stand-by for this weekend's IRB Sevens event at Twickenham, which will take his Moseley first team career into afourth campaign.

They have also kept prop Nathan Williams, arguably their best signing of last summer, lock Paul Arnold, Canada international Oliver Atkinson, scrum halves Gareth Taylor and James Ireland and prolific wing Nathan Bressington.

Ireland's retention is the most intriguing. Having started the season in inspirational form Moseley looked to have found the catalyst they needed to bring to life their back division.

But the former Wales Under 21 then fell victim to asequence of shoulder problems, missed most of the season and required surgery, from which he is only just recovering. Moseley expect him to be fit in time to return to pre-season training next month.

The club received further good news when it was revealed Ollie Winter has been called into the England Counties squad for this summer's tour. Winter joined from Leicester academy at the start of last season.

Meanwhile Pertemps Bees' appeal over the decision not to award them awin after their game against Cornish Pirates in January went to uncontested scrums will be heard by First Division Rugby next Tuesday. Bees contend they should be awarded all four league points, a decision that would keep them in National One.

And Worcester's Uche Oduoza has revealed he is to leave Sixways to spend aseason playing rugby abroad and not at Northampton as some have speculated. The wing is part of the Sevens squad for this weekend.