Midlands Hurricanes set for historic first match

Midlands Hurricanes

Midlands Hurricanes are set to feature in their first ever game this evening.

The club face York tonight, Friday, January 7, in a pre-season friendly. It will be the club’s first match since their rebrand from Coventry. 

The Bears, founded in 1998, changed their name to during the off-season to Midlands Hurricanes. It comes under a new parent company in an attempt to develop a regional brand.

Head coach Richard Squires committed his future to the club for the 2022 campaign, continuing his work from Coventry.

The club have secured a new interim home for the 2022 season at Birmingham & Solihull Bees RFC’s Forshaw Heath Lane Ground, Portway, Birmingham.

They face Championship’s York at the LNER Stadium in their first hit-out as a new side at 7:30pm.


The club have added several new faces to their squad for the 2022 League 1 season, including former Sheffield and Doncaster player Jordan Bull.

They also recently announced the re-signings of Harry Kaufman, Brad Sheridan and Will Budd.

AJ Boardman makes the move from Hunslet. Additionally, local prop Trae O’Sullivan has made the step up to the League 1 competition.

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Squad news

Midlands Hurricanes squad to face York: Boardman, Bowring, Budd, Bull, Clavering, Cowburn, Croston, Dawson, Freeman, Hardcastle, Phillips, Reed, Stead, Walton, L.Welham, M.Welham, Kaufman, Windley, Blakey, Newbound, O’Sullivan. 

York squad to face Midlands Hurricanes: Marsh, Glover, Ogden, Oakes, Ellis, Matongo, Jubb, Teanby, Pauli, Thompson, Stock, Kirmond, Harris, Brining, Warren, Harrison, Towse, Michael, Logan, Butterworth, Nettleton, Ward.

READ MORE: List of pre-season friendlies for 2022

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