Rob Webber is hoping his abrasive style of play can help him earn a first cap during the Six Nations following his surprise inclusion in Stuart Lancaster’s first England squad.
The Wasps forward will compete with fellow hookers Dylan Hartley and Lee Mears to feature against Scotland at Murrayfield in England’s opening fixture. And Webber believes his enjoyment of the physical side of the game will give him an advantage.
“I do like to play with a hard edge to the game, I like to carry the ball a lot and try to have as many impacts in the game as I can,” he said.
“I like defending, getting up again and again and making my tackles. I’m hoping my influence in the loose will stand me in good stead.”
The hooker has only been involved in one previous England squad, for the tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2010, but he has represented both the Saxons and England sevens teams.
Even so, whilst the thought of a call-up may have crossed his mind, the confirmation from Lancaster was still a pleasant surprise.
Webber added: “I wasn’t expecting the call, perhaps ‘hoping’ is a better word, but I was delighted when it came through.
“It’s my chance and I’ll be looking to grab it with both hands. You play against these guys every week but it will be different training with them but also competing [for a starting place] at the same time.”