EDWARDIANS will be seeking a trophy double on the weekend of May 14 and 15.
First up for the Birmingham club is the RFU Junior Vase final where they face HAC at Twickenham Stadium. The same squad will be on duty again on Sunday May 15 when Edwardians take on Dudley Wasps in the North Midlands Vase final at Stourbridge.
“We are on tour this weekend, that’s the way we are looking at it,” said Edwardians’ head coach John Corr.
“We’ve already won trophy with the Midlands Junior Vase and we would like to be greedy and win three.
“It’s not ideal playing two finals in two days but we take the view that success breeds success. We are also very keen to support our own county Vase competition.
“We played our North Midlands semi-final against Ledbury under our lights last Thursday and we had a big crowd for that so there is plenty of interest in the club again.”
That is a contrast to last summer when Corr, a former Birkenhead Park and Camp Hill fly-half, took charge of a club that had just been relegated to the bottom level of the league structure.
“I will probably be a little bit tearful on Saturday because of the sense of pride I have in the players coming from where they were in August to stepping out at Twickenham in our new kit,” Corr said.
Edwardians’ cup run began with a 46-40 win at Rugeley back in September and if they do win the RFU Junior Vase Corr intends to send a thank you card to their Staffordshire hosts that day.
“We went three scores up very quickly and you could see in the players eyes that they thought it was going to be easy,” he said.
“But Rugeley came back hard at us and they are the only side to have scored 40 against us this season. If we win at Twickenham they will be getting a big thank you card from me because that game taught us that we couldn’t take anything for granted.”
At one stage it looked as though Edwardians players might be banned from their own club dinner which was due to be held in a Solihull hotel this Friday evening but they have managed to postpone the showpiece event until next month.
“The hotel have been very accommodating and Scott Quinnell, who we have booked as speaker, has been superb in agreeing to come back on the new date,” Corr said.
“It means that the players can now all attend. Hopefully we will get more people in for what we are billing as a Gala Dinner and perhaps we might have some more silverware on display to go with the Midlands Junior Vase.”
Corr has had some difficult decisions to make ahead of the RFU Junior Vase final, no more so than telling former Moseley and Sale fly-half Brian Chappelhow that he will not be running out at Twickenham for the first time at the age of 50.
“It’s not been easy telling Brian and some of the other players that they will not be in the 22 on Saturday,” Corr said.
“There are a number of massively disappointed people but also a number who were not sure whether they would be in the squad who are completely elated.”