Twickenham’s head groundsman Keith Kent will be at Moseley’s Billesley Common next week to present a free seminar on pitch preparation.

Key to the discussion will be a focus on Vertidrain technology, billed as a cost-effective way of improving and maintaining surfaces, as well as other strategies with which Kent, who was also groundsman at Manchester United, has made his living.

The informal evening gets under way at 7pm on Wednesday, March 24, and anyone interested is asked to register beforehand by calling the club on 0121 443 3631.

Let’s hope the council pitches department take note and also that Mr Kent has some ideas on wind blocks.


Clearly all the time Moseley president John Beale has spent at Chillesley Common has frozen his grey matter. The former director of rugby’s programme notes are never anything less than informative and entertaining.

However, Beale lost his way a little bit last week when he used his pre-Bristol column to exhort the Red and Black hordes to a passionate frenzy.

“Let’s really get behind the team and act as the sixteenth player as we did at Twickenham last May,” he wrote.

I assume the venerable old chap was referring to a club outing and trip around the Museum of Rugby a few weeks after the National Trophy final victory against Leeds – which was on April 18.


On the subject of the Moseley-Bristol match, which Ian Smith’s men did outstandingly well to win, it was extremely deflating for those hordes to learn the triumph counted for nothing and that their team must still enter the relegation play offs.

One correspondent was sufficiently angered by the situation to email to me the following observation.

“Dear Brian, Can you think of any other sport where the rules would require a team who finishes 55 points (half of the total available to them) ahead of another team and yet are forced to play off against that team to avoid relegation?”

A succinctly put and perfectly reasonable question.

The answer?

No, I cannot think of another sport that would countenance such a ridiculous system.