Rugby Diary: Bournville in the Twickenham spotlight
Midlands One high-fliers Bournville were presented with a special commemorative plaque at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Rowheath club will be special guests of the RFU because their centenary season coincides with that of English rugby’s most famous stadium.
England’s Six Nations opener against Wales marks 100 years since the two nations’ first encounter at HQ and Bournville were among seven clubs invited to join the celebrations.
The Centenary Ambassadors Rob Andrew, Bill Beaumont, Lawrence Dallaglio, Alastair Hignell and Dickie Jeeps and the RFU President, John Owen, presented plaques to Club Presidents from Bournville, Nuneaton OE, Bancroft, Oxford, Huddersfield, Old Emanuel and Broad Plain.
The French bus driver who conveyed the Worcester team to Montpellier didn't exactly cover himself in glory.
Having landed at the local airport the Warriors squad boarded a coach to take them into the picturesque city ahead of last month’s Amlin Challenge Cup tie.
But the driver was not local and he ended up trying to negotiate his vehicle around the labyrinthine streets of downtown Montpellier.
Eventually they became trapped and Mike Ruddock’s players had to leave their seats to bounce cars out of the way to secure safe passage to Stade Yves du Manoir.
Sadly for them, they found themselves down another dead end and lost 8-3. Sounds a cracker and well worth the effort.
More bus-related bother, this time down at Sharmans Cross Road where the circumstances surrounding the postponement of Saturday’s Bees-Doncaster match upset Knights’ director of rugby Lynn Howells.
If the following comments are anything to go by, the Welshman and his club are clearly feeling the financial pinch.
“We’ve had to pay £1,000 for a coach to get down there for a game that was never going to be played.”
Perhaps someone at Castle Park should shout: ‘Taxi for Howells’.