Hobman gets England call

Hobman gets England call

By Jon Edwards
19 September
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Huge congratulations to Academy star Oli Hobman who has been called up to the England Men's squad for the Oktoberfest Sevens on September 21-22.

The talented 19-year-old Elthamians and St Mary's University fly-half is part of a 12-man squad named by coach John Brake which features a mix of invitational and contracted England 7s players for the pre-season tournament.

England take on Australia, South Africa and New Zealand in Pool A, held at the Olympic stadium in Munich. If England finish in the top two of Pool A, they will progress to the Cup competition on day two, with third and fourth placed teams entering the Plate competition.

Brake said: “We are excited for the challenge ahead. With a number of our senior players currently rehabbing injuries, the Oktoberfest 7s presents a brilliant opportunity for players on the fringes of the contracted squad to compete against some of the world’s best.

“For some players this will be their first time representing their country which is an exciting prospect.”

It’s been a memorable year so far for Hobman who arrived at Elthamians at the start of last season and impressed for the club’s successful Development squad. He also helped St Mary’s University clinch the BUCS South B league title and captained Kent U20s in the Jason Leonard County Championship.

England Squad
Jamie Barden [University of Nottingham]
Will Hendy [England 7s Academy]
Ronnie Du Randt [Chester RUFC]
Will Edwards [England 7s]
Hamish James [Apache 7s/University of Southampton]
Tom Bowen [England 7s]
Femi Sofolarin [Newcastle University]
George Barber [Loughborough University]
Toby Venner [Hartpury University]
Alex Harris [Apache 7s]
Noah Sixton [Ramblin Jesters]
Oli Hobman [Old Elthamians RFC/St Marys University]

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