Ground: Forshaw Heath Lane (TBC)
Coach: Richard Squires
Captain: Liam Welham
Last season: 8th League 1 (as Coventry Bears)
It’s not only in Cornwall where a new era of rugby league outside of its heartland areas begins in Betfred League 1 for 2022.
After six years playing in the professional ranks as Coventry Bears, the club have moved to Birmingham, England’s second city and have rebranded as Midlands Hurricanes.
Although the club has a new name and new look, the day-to-day running of the Hurricanes is overseen by Alan Robinson, just as it was when they were the Bears and played at Butts Park Arena.
For 2022, the Hurricanes will play at Forshaw Heath Lane, home of Birmingham & Solihull Bees and they will be coached by Richard Squires.
In 2021, the previous incarnation of the club finished in eighth position, outside of the play-off places and with a new era of rugby beginning in the Midlands, the club will be looking to mount a challenge for the end of season shake up.
The Hurricanes will also make history this season by becoming the first opposition for Cornwall on home soil when Squires’ troops travel to the Memorial Ground on April 10.
Quick Hurricanes facts:
- Last season’s eighth place finish in League 1 was the best ever finish for the old Coventry Bears since they were admitted to the professional ranks in 2015.
- Coventry reached the fifth round of the Challenge Cup in 2018 before they were beaten by then Super League outfit Widnes Vikings.
Memorial Ground: Round 2 ; Sunday, April 10; 1.00pm
Forshaw Heath Lane: Round 22; Sunday, September 4; 3.00pm