Pocklington RUFC old boy, Rob Webber, faces a race against time to line up against the All Blacks in New Zealand next month after being called into England’s tour training squad on Tuesday afternoon.
hile the rest of the players will be out on the training pitch getting ready for the three test tour against the world champions; Rob, 27, is likely to be confined to the treatment room where the England physios and medics will be working overtime to try and get him fit to take his place in the middle of the front row against New Zealand for the internationals on 7, 14 and 21 June.
It has been a real roller coaster few weeks for the Bath hooker.
He overcame a serious ankle problem sustained in February to be right back in form for the run in to the season.
It led to a call from England coach Stuart Lancaster to say he would be on the plane for New Zealand, only for him to suffer a nasty looking knee injury just 24 hours later in the 19-19 Premiership draw with Northampton on 2 May.
That looked to to have put an end to any hopes of Rob adding to his five international caps.
But the England management is desperate for him to play against New Zealand; with Lancaster saying on Tuesday: “We’ve brought Rob Webber in for further assessment and treatment in order to give him the best possible chance of making the tour.”
Rob has already had a fortnight of intensive treatment at Bath, where the head coach, Mike Ford, is quoted as stating he is 70/30 to go to New Zealand; and everyone back at Pocklington will have their fingers crossed that he continues to improve and is fit to go when the squad is confirmed next week.