Birmingham Moseley have pulled off a major coup by bringing talented back-rower Buster Lawrence back to Billesley Common for a third time.
The powerful and pacy 25-year-old, whose huge afro makes him instantly recognisable, was a massive fans’ favourite during his previous stints with the club.
Lawrence, whose father David opened the bowling for Gloucestershire and England in the early 1990s, first joined Moseley from Bristol-based Dings Crusaders in 2012.
After winning the club’s player-of-the-season award with some stellar Championship displays, he was given an opportunity by Premiership Wasps in 2014.
However, his opportunities and game-time were limited, and he was soon loaned back to Moseley, before making the switch permanent in summer 2015.
Lawrence suffered an injury-ravaged campaign as Moseley were relegated, after which he moved to Rotherham in order to continue as a full-timer in the second tier.
However, after 16 Championship appearances he has returned to play his part in what newly-appointed director of rugby Richard Protherough hopes will be a National League One promotion campaign.
“I’m delighted to bring Buster back,” he said. “He will add a physical edge to our forward pack, both in attack and defence, and his workrate and athleticism will help us in how we wish to play next season.”
Lawrence will compete for a starting shirt with the retained Jacques Le Roux and Chris Brightwell, plus incoming openside Lawrence Cowen and No.8 Ciaran Moore, who join respectively from Hull Ionians and Stourbridge.
He is looking forward to returning to Billesley and intends to repay the faith shown in him.
“It’s great to come back,” Lawrence said. “It was an awful shame what happened last time when relegation forced some changes, but I believe Moseley have what it takes to be a successful club and push for promotion in the coming season.
“The club has a special place in my heart after they gave me a chance to make a career out of rugby.
“I owe them a lot and I would love to be part of what they have planned for the future and where they want to be.”
Source : BirminghamMail