JanWebster is pictured above playing for the Barbarians.
Career Record: Played 11: Won 3, Lost 8.
| 1972 v Wales (Twickenham) L 12-3 (FN)
1972 v Ireland (Twickenham) L 16-12 (FN)
1972 v South Africa (Johannesburg) W 18-9
1973 v New Zealand (Twickenham) L 9-0
1973 v Wales (Cardiff) L 25-9 (FN)
1973 v New Zealand (Auckland) W 16-10
1974 v Scotland (Murrayfield) L 16-14 (FN)
1974 v Wales (Twickenham) W 16-12 (FN)
1975 v Ireland (Dublin) L 12-9 (FN)
1975 v France (Twickenham) L 27-20 (FN)
1975 v Wales (Cardiff) L 20-4 (FN)
Jan was born on 24th August 1946 in Southport, Lancashire. He moved to Walsall with his parents at an early age
and lived on The Broadway adjacent to Walsall Rugby Football Club. He attended Mayfield Preparatory School and
then Queen Mary’s Grammar School in 1957. He continued his education at the city of Birmingham College of Commerce.
He died in hospital on 6th. February 2019 after suffering a heart attack.
Jan Webster played his rugby for Moseley, a club that produced several
England internationals in the 1970s including John Finlan, Nigel Horton
and Sam Doble. A stocky, imaginative player, Jan won 11 caps at
scrum-half for England between 1972 and 1975, but was probably good
enough to have won more. Webster was one of six new players when he made
his debut in a defeat by Wales in 1972, and had to come up against none
other than the great Gareth Edwards, one of the finest scrum-halves of
all time. Jan also played in a 16-12 loss to Ireland at Twickenham, but
perhaps his greatest performance came in just his third international, a
stunning 18-9 victory against South Africa later in the year. Webster
proved to be a constant annoyance to the Springboks all day and set up
the match winner in the second-half when he pumped a garryowen deep into
South African territory, dispossessed the receiver and then laid off to
Alan Morley who scored the try.
The following year Jan played in three
tests in total, two of which were against New Zealand. The first match
at Twickenham was lost 10-0, but later in the year Jan repeated his
Johannesburg heroics as England upset the odds to beat the All Blacks
16-10 in Auckland. He played in two matches the following year, against
Scotland and Wales, his rival Steve Smith featuring in the other two
games. Against Scotland, Jan was part of one of England's best moves of
the season when he tapped a penalty and spun the ball out to Tony Neary.
The flanker in turn fed Andy Ripley who sped half the length of the
field, before offloading to Neary again to score the try. The 1975
season proved to be Webster's last, and his career ended when he was
taken off with a cut knee in a 20-4 defeat by Wales. (Jon Collins)