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Burntwood RUFC prepare to kick off new season

Following a summer of pre-season training and a series of trial fixtures, Burntwood begin their 2015-16 campaign in earnest with a Staffs Intermediate Cup tie away to Newcastle (Staffs) on Saturday (September 5).

The teams line-up during the recent President's Day at Burntwood RUFC

The teams line-up during the recent President’s Day at Burntwood RUFC

A week later they host Wednesbury in their first Midlands 3 West North fixture in a league which is dominated by Staffordshire sides.

Handsworth (promoted) and Uttoxeter (relegated) have been replaced by Tamworth dropping down from the league above and near neighbours Cannock moving up following their promotion last season. Altogether there are eight Staffs, one Birmingham and three Shropshire clubs making up the division.

Ben Holt continues as 1st XV skipper having assumed the role during the last campaign. Gareth Williams will lead the 2nd XV and Matt Bray skippers the Veterans XV. The colts, who enjoyed a very successful season in the North Mids Colts League, have been promoted and retain most of their squad from 2015-16.

Pre-season training has taken place under the guidance of new head coach Jimmy Davies who replaced Graham MacDonald, the latter having retired at the end of last season.

In the player comings and goings Will Peach has rejoined Burton, Elliot Tomlinson has joined Wolverhampton and Hal Gozukucuk has moved to Walsall. Incoming players include Danny Duggan, Gaz Nicholls, Pat Bayliss, Owen Rookyard and Ross Bedworth.

There have been few changes in terms of club officials, the main one being Ian Neal replacing Julia Grundy as Chair of the mini/youth section.

With the Rugby World Cup just a fortnight away and evening kick offs for all England’s matches in the pool stages, Burntwood’s Sportsway clubhouse will be open for members and non-members alike to enjoy the tournament.

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