OP and former Pocklington RUFC player, Rob Webber (1994-2004), captains England for the first time against the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 26 May 2013.
The Bath Rugby hooker leads a youthful side with 21 year-olds Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors) and Marland Yarde (London Irish) pulling on a senior shirt for the first time. England’s starting line-up contains nine players aged 24 or under.
The replacements for the non-cap game include five more making their first appearances at this level in centre Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), lock Kearnan Myall, scrum half Haydn Thomas (Exeter Chiefs), prop Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks) and number eight Billy Vunipola (London Wasps).
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We’ve selected a young and exciting side and this is a great opportunity for these players who have shone in the Aviva Premiership this season to step up in front of passionate home crowd at Twickenham Stadium.
“Taking on a very experienced Barbarians team is the first challenge they face this summer with matches in Uruguay and Argentina to follow and this sequence of games is a key part of our development as a team.
“Rob Webber finished the season strongly with Bath and I know his leadership qualities well. I am sure he’ll show the way backed up by the other senior players in the team.”
(article taken from RFU web site)
Read more about Rob’s personal objectives for the match and his future with England here.
The Pocklington School communiuty and OPs everywhere send their congratulations to Rob on this fantastic achievement and wish him all the best for the match.
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