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EDWARDIANS players will be banned from their own club dinner next month if they beat North Shields in the RFU Junior Vase semi-final on Tyneside on Saturday April 30.

The Birmingham-based clubs annual dinner has been arranged for Friday May 13, which is the day before the Junior Vase final at Twickenham Stadium.

The dinner was arranged long before Edwardians knew that were embarking on the most successful cup run in their history and coach John Corr has already told the players that will have to miss it if they win their semi-final.

You try to come up with all the old adages about taking it one game at a time and not getting carries away, Corr said.

But when you reach a national semi-final and Twickenham is just one game away its impossible to avoid thinking beyond Saturday.

Our club dinner was arranged months ago and its the night before the final. Ive already told the first team players that if we get to the final they will be banned from the dinner.

The non-squad members will be able to attend. They will probably got straight from the dinner to a greasy spoon for breakfast and then down to London to support us.

But the first team players will be tucked up safely in bed in a hotel in London the night before.

Edwardians, who beat Birmingham neighbours Harborne in the Midlands Junior Vase final, will also have a hotel stay the night before their semi-final.

Its a long long way, Corr said. We will leave Friday morning, stay the night before and probably arrive home in the early hours of Sunday morning. What time we get back will depend what happens at North Shields.

Weve done a bit of research on them and a couple of people have seen them play. They play a league below us but they are averaging around 50 points so I would expect us to be fairly evely-matched.

They have a big pack and their captain is a hard-running lock/back-row a bit like our own Andrew Jervis.

But Im a great believer in not worrying too much about what the opposition will do and concentrating on what we do best.

If you get beaten by a better side you shake hands, say: well done and move on.

Corr, a former Birkenhead Park and Camp Hill fly-half, joined Edwardians last summer as player/coach and has helped to improve the fortunes of the club that set the late Peter Jackson on his way to England honours.

Corr is still playing at the age of 43 and has appeared in all but one of Edwardians matches so far this season.

But he is not the oldest member of the Edwardians squad. That distinction goes to former Sale and Moseley fly-half Brian Chappelhow who is still going strong at the age of 50.

Chappelhow was left out of the squad for the win over Harborne but he is back in contention for selection for the trip to North Shields.

Wed like to get some younger players in and improve the depth of the squad but we are struggling to fill a few gaps so when Brian and myself are in the squad the average age rises quite dramatically, Corr said.

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