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Leeds Carnegie bring Sevens star Vickerman home

17 December 2013

  • Leeds Carnegie recapture former England Sevens captain
  • “It is going to be fantastic. There is a sense of unfinished business” – Vickerman
Rob Vickerman

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Leeds Carnegie have signed former England Sevens captain Rob Vickerman on an 18-month contract with immediate effect.

Leeds-born Vickerman, 28, is a product of the Leeds Carnegie Academy having made his first team debut for the club back in October 2005.

He left the club at the end of the promotion winning season in 2008/9 having made after 53 appearances in all competitions and featured in the Premiership with Newcastle Falcons before opting to join the England Sevens set up on a full time basis.

He captained England at the Rugby World Cup Sevens last year in Russia and has been a virtual ever-present in the squad for the past five years.

Commenting on the return to his first club, Vickerman said: “It is going to be fantastic to be back at Leeds. I remember when I used to play here before, my family used to all come and watch me and now I have a family of my own and it feels right to be back home. 

“What I missed from my time at Newcastle and especially in sevens is that sense of connection. Playing sevens for England was as huge honour and a great privilege but you never have that clubhouse environment or a home ground that you regularly play at and I missed that.

“I left last time after promotion and was not able to continue the journey into the Premiership with my teammates so there is definitely a sense of unfinished business.

“When I left there were a lot of great senior players who helped the young lads and I am looking forward to playing my part in that respect now. If I can help in any way to bring through the incredible pool of talent in and around Yorkshire then I will be happy to do so.”

Vickerman was at Leeds Carnegie's impressive win over Aberavon at Hull Ionians on Saturday and will be in contention to make his second debut for the club when Carnegie take on Nottingham in the televised clash at Headingley Carnegie on Saturday, December 28.

Director of Rugby Chris Gibson added: “We are delighted to have signed Rob and brought him back to the club he has always regarded as his own.

“We have spoken all season about the need to continuingly strengthen the squad in the push for the play offs and Rob will certainly do that.”