ONE of Solihull’s top amateur rugby clubs have removed themselves from the league following months of turmoil.
Solihull RUFC, who were affiliated with Birmingham and Solihull Bees, have withdrawn from Midlands 1 (West).
Club officials decided to take the drastic action after weeks of not being able to field a full team.
Solihull were hard hit by the troubles at their parent club Bees, who went into administration late last year, said club spokesperson Jon Brennan.
“With the upset at the Bees and us not being able to play at Sharmans Cross Road, we were finding it hard to attract and keep hold of players and staff,” said Mr Brennan.
“We lost players, sponsors, and a lot of moral in the last few weeks and didn’t even know whether we had a pitch to play on.
“Come October November time last year, we had no front row and it became a safety issue. Taking a pragmatic view we decided it was not fair on the remaining players, who were excellent and dedicated all the way through, to carry on.”
As a consequence, the remaining 13 teams in the division will have their results against them nullified.
“We will have to see what happens in the coming months at the Bees,” added Mr Brennan, who said he was hopeful that Solihull could start again next season after the summer break. “It will be a challenge, like it was this season, but we’ll make a big effort.”
If Solihull were to be re-introduced into the RFU Midland leagues, it would be likely that they would have to be dropped at least two tiers down from Midlands 1 (West).