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Former England hooker named new Jersey Reds forwards coach

Webber played for England 16 times during his career. Credit: PA

Former England hooker Rob Webber has been named as Jersey Reds' new forwards coach.

It follows the announcement that current specialist Neil Tunnah will leave his post at the end of the season after three years in the role.

Webber will move to the island in the summer, having announced his retirement from playing after four years with Sale Sharks.

I am really excited about moving to Jersey and joining the Reds coaching team. It’s a great opportunity for me and my family as I set out on the next phase of my career. It is an exciting squad that Harvey and the guys are putting together and I look forward to contributing to helping the lads push on.

– Rob Webber, new Jersey Reds forwards coach
The Sale Sharks player announced his retirement earlier this year. Credit: PA

Webber played 16 times for England and was a part of Stuart Lancaster's 2015 World Cup squad.

The 33-year-old has made more than 200 Premiership appearances during spells at Wasps, Bath, and latterly with Sale.

He was a also a team-mate of Reds director of rugby Harvey Biljon early in his 16-year playing career.

We’ve spoken to some very high quality individuals about the role, but Rob stood out and I’ve had a lot of positive endorsements from people I respect. He knows the game and is very articulate and I believe his character will really transmit itself to the others he’ll be working with. There’s a lot of excitement about Rob’s arrival and it will be great to have him working in harness with assistant coach Ed Robinson – two really promising young English coaches.

– Harvey Biljon, Director of rugby, Jersey Reds