Birmingham and Solihull introduced their development side back in 2013 in an attempt to strengthen the depth within the club as they consolidated their position in National League 2 North.The club was founded in 1989 upon the merger of two clubs, Birmingham and Solihull RFCs. The merger ended for Birmingham 80 years as an independent club.
They have renamed the development squad to the Hornets over the summer and that is not the only change that they have been able to announce.
North Midlands Cup winners Birmingham and Solihull have had an extremely busy preseason with the Glackin Effect paying dividends following the wholesale changes to the coaching setup at Coventry. Dai Phillips appointed Chairman of Rugby, Head of Rugby Pete Glackin, Ex Leicester Tigers flanker Ben Woods as first team coach, Hornets role for Former Leamington Coach and Street Second Row / Prop Tom Greevy, with Birmingham and Solihull playing preseason fixtures at Rugby Lions, Banbury and Stourbridge showing their ambition. Bees Rugby have re-signed Michael Whettell, Alex O'Malley, back row Ashley Scriven, utility back Chris Fensome, Jevon Hinds, Jimmy Oliver back row forward Matthew Tibbatts, signed prop Freddie Clark, prop Kurtis Payne, hooker Zane Raimondi, promising back row forward Tom Price, young wing prospect Jack Fitzgerald, flanker Darren Forder experienced and powerful centre Steve Johns, Academy awards Player of the Year and fly half Isaac McNulty, Ghana International signing Mohammed Hamza Suleiman, from Nuneaton George Adams, Coventry Bears Tawanda Chipadza, back row Reece Donaldson. scrum half Charlie Mumford, and Danny Wright is rejoining from Coventry.
Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Club Limited was formed on the 30th October 2009 following the liquidation of Birmingham & Solihull RFC.
Prior to that, Birmingham & Solihull RFC was founded in 1989 upon the merger of two clubs, Birmingham and Solihull RFCs. The merger ended for Birmingham 80 years as an independent club,with Solihull RFC dating back to 1933.
Today, Birmingham & Solihull Ruby Club - based at Portway, just off Junction 3 of the M42, is one of the foremost rugby clubs in the West Midlands.
With the first team - "the Bees" - playing in National League 2 North (English rugby's fourth tier), the club also has a very strong mini & junior section with age groups from Under 7s upwards as well as a colts and development (2nds) squad.
A warm and hospitable welcome is extended to all who visit Portway!