Hooker James Weaver will join one of Bournville’s most exclusive clubs when he makes his 100th first team appearance in Saturday’s National Two West finale against Hinckley at Avery Fields (2.30pm).

Club Captain Weaver will become the second member of the current squad to reach a century of appearances following his front-row colleague James Burgoyne who reached the landmark against Exeter University earlier in the season.

The accomplishments of Weaver and Burgoyne will be marked with a presentation after the Hinckley match to recognise the contributions they have made to helping Bournville to win promotion to the National Leagues for the first time and in cementing their place at level four in the league pyramid.

Both arrived from Moseley Oak in 2018 with Weaver making a mid-season switch in the 2017-18 campaign and his Bournville debut against Lichfield on February 3 2018.

Burgoyne, who played National One rugby for Birmingham Moseley in the 2016-17 season, joined Bournville in the summer of 2018 and made the first of his 118 appearances at Syston in the first match of the 2018-19 season.

Bournville Director of Rugby Paul Sumner is a former team-mate of both Weaver and Burgoyne and has paid tribute to the two stalwarts.

“I have had the pleasure of playing and now coaching these players. Their commitment to the team and Bournville Rugby as a whole has been outstanding,” Sumner said.

“James Burgoyne has come a long way from a fresh-faced prop full of potential to now being a key cog in our squad. He never misses a game and is front and centre of anything to do with the team.

“James Weaver is one of the best Club Captains I have seen in my time at the club. His values and ability to bring the whole club together are unrivalled.

“It’s a pleasure to celebrate these two now Bournville Centurions. Even more pleasing is that both of them will be around for next season.”

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