|Weight||103kg (16st 3lb)|
Appearing in every Guinness Premiership match in 2008-9 for London Wasps was an enviable achievement for Rob Webber at the age of 22, who went on to make his first senior England tour to Australasia in June 2010. Born and brought up in York, he attended Pocklington School and played for the town club before moving to Leeds Carnegie and spending three seasons in the club’s academy.
After switching to London Wasps in 2005, Rob spent much of his first campaign on loan to Blackheath but his skills and progress through the structure are self-evident with his appointment in August 2010 as Wasps’ joint vice-captain alongside Dominic Waldouck for the season that followed.
On February 1 2012, he signed a three-year contract with Bath Rugby and in the ten days that followed he was an unused bench replacement for England against Scotland at Murrayfield and then had his first experience at Test level as a five-minute replacement for Dylan Hartley in the 19-15 win over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
He also played off the bench in the subsequent matches against Wales at Twickenham and France in Paris where he tore a shoulder muscle. He underwent an operation and was ruled out of England’s QBE International series in the autumn of 2012. His subsequent caps were two in Argentina in June last year and three in New Zealand this summer.
Rob was a Yorkshire Schools javelin champion and subsequently played rugby for England at every level from U16 to U21, first appearing in the oldest age group in the World Championship against Fiji in the summer of 2006.
His other honours include being part of the Wasps A team that lifted their respective league title, winning a place in the club’s senior squad for 2007-08, together with a Heineken Cup try and man of the match award against the Scarlets at Adams Park. Playing for England U19 in the 2004 World Championship in South Africa was another highlight.
Rob toured North America with England Saxons in the summer of 2008. He did not figure in the Barclays Churchill Cup there but derived benefits with advice from fellow hookers George Chuter and Andy Titterrell and from specialist line out coach Simon Hardy.
The first of his six Saxons appearances was in the starting side for the Portugal match at Edgeley Park in January 2009 that produced a 66-0 victory. During the summer of 2009, he started all three games in the Churchill Cup, scored a try in the 56-17 win over the United States at Infinity Park, Denver and came off the bench against both the Australian Barbarians at Gosford and New Zealand Maori in Napier during the 2010 summer tour.
5 points – 1T
2012 It(R), W(R), F(R) 2013 Arg (1,2) 2014 NZ(1,2,3R)
Last updated: June 24, 2014