Bournville Blues join RFU league structure

Bournville will have two teams playing in the English league pyramid next season.

Bournville Blues’ application to join the leagues has been accepted by the Midlands Leagues Organising Committee and they are expected to be placed in Midlands Counties Three West (South).

The decision comes two years after the Blues first applied to join the league structure when Second XVs were allowed entry to the Midlands leagues.

Until now the Blues have competed in the Midlands Reserves Leagues but have suffered badly disrupted seasons with matches cancelled either through the inability of the opposition to raise a side or because of a shortage of referees.

Playing in the RFU league structure will provide the Blues with more meaningful and competitive rugby and ensure that all matches are officiated by qualified Society referees.

“We are delighted to confirm that finally,  after a two-year campaign, the Blues are in the league structure,” said Bournville’s Director of Rugby Paul Sumner.

“This will allow us to get meaningful rugby with a chance to drive this team to bigger and better things.

“They have toiled away in the Midlands Reserve Leagues and deserve this opportunity.

“This allows us to further develop players through from the Blues to the first team.

“Matt Spence, the Blues captain, is a great example of this as he played in a number of first team matches towards the end of the season.”

As Bournville Blues prepare for their debut season in the league pyramid, they are still looking for a coach to succeed Nick Green who stepped down last month.

Further details can be found here: WE’RE RECRUITING: BOURNVILLE BLUES HEAD COACH – Bournville RFC

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