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Rob Vickerman

Rob Vickerman

Key Facts

SquadEngland Sevens
PositionHooker
Age28
Height1.8m (5'11")
Weight90kg (14st 2lb)
IRB World Series29 events

Profile

Scoring a debut try in the Paris Sevens with his first touch of the ball against Canada in 2004 hallmarked Leeds-born Rob Vickerman as a player to watch. He has now scored 26 tries in 29 tournaments. They include one that helped England to beat France 29-12 in the Cup final in Dubai in December 2011 and two, against South Africa and hosts Hong Kong, last March when his side lifted the Bowl.

Three months later, he led England to the final of the RWC Sevens in Moscow and scored a try in the 21-17 quarter-final victory over Australia. A product of the Leeds Academy, he was called up for the club’s senior squad in 2005-06 and his first appearance was against the Scarlets in the Powergen Cup.

Rob made 11 starts for Leeds when they returned to the Premiership at the end of 2008-09 before moving to Newcastle Falcons.

After his England Sevens debut his career at that level was on hold, partly through a knee reconstruction, until his comeback in the 2008 Dubai tournament. The following February, he shared in England’s first triumph in the Wellington event, scoring a try in the 19-17 win over New Zealand. Rob also helped England to lift the London title in May 2009.

He returned to the England Sevens fold in 2011, leaving Falcons to sign a full-time contract and appeared in the FIRA AER European GP Sevens Series.

Rob’s formative years were spent at Hymers College and with Hull RFC and he was part of the Leeds side that won the National Colts Cup in 2004.

He says that the biggest influence on his career has been Stuart Lancaster, who was his academy coach at Leeds.

Last updated: October 21, 2013

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