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Your News Veteran Chappelhow back on the Twickenham trail

EDWARDIANS fly-half Brian Chappelhow is relishing the opportunity of a possible first appearance in a Twickenham final at the age of 50.

The former Sale, Moseley and Cumbria player thought his chances of playing at HQ had gone when Edwardians were beaten by Malvern in agonising circumstances in the quarter-finals of the RFU Junior Vase in 1994. The scores were level 9-9 after extra time and Malvern, who went on to beat Old Hamptonians in the final, progressed as the away team.

Chappelhow is the only member of the Edwardians side from 17 years ago still playing today and he is hoping to be in the squad for the Midlands final of the same competition against Birmingham rivals Harborne at Streetsbrook Road on Saturday April 2, with a place in the national semi-finals awaiting the winners.

I dont know whether I will playing, on the bench or watching yet but I would love to be involved, Chappelhow said.

Ive got a busy week work-wise so it will be difficult to train but Ive explained the situation to the coaches. Im master of ceremonies at a dinner in Solihull on Thursday at which Ben Foden is speaking. But Ive started the last two games weve played.

Matches like this dont come round very often. When we were beaten by Malvern in 1994 I thought that was it as far as playing in a Twickenham final was concerned.

Everyone else who played against Malvern has either retired, got injured or lost interest, but I still enjoy playing and I want to do so for as long as I can.

To be two games away from Twickenham is exciting and its a chance that I never expected, especially at my time in life. Im surprised to be still playing first team rugby to be honest, but Ive still enjoy my rugby and a good cup run always helps.

Chappelhow, whose late father Ted was a long-serving RFU Council Member for Cumbria, often plays alongside players more than half his age and gets treated with a mixture of respect and irreverence by his team mates.

They call me old man and granddad but there is a certain amount of respect as well, Chappelhow said.

Chappelhow is used to mickey-taking as a succession of injuries while he was club captain in the mid-1990s led to Edwardians running a pin the injury on the captain competition on a photograph of him in their match programme.

Edwardians are back in the Junior Vase, the competition for the lowest-ranked league sides in the country, have suffered two recent relegations but they are stabilising in Midlands Four West (South) this season under coach John Corr, a former Birkenhead Park and Camp Hill fly-half.

John joined us this year and done a great job in gelling the boys together, Chappelhow said.

The fact that he still plays helps, but he has got us training regularly and things are going well in this league.

Harborne, currently top of Midlands Four West (North), play at the same level as Edwardians but the sides are not regular opponents.

I cant ever remember us playing against them, certainly not in the league, Chappelhow said. But they are a side with a lot of players from Birmingham University so they they are going to be reasonably fit.

We would expect them to bring a fair number of supporters with them so we are expecting a big crowd, probably the biggest we have had since that Malvern game. Its going to be a big day for the club.

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