World Rugby Hall of Fame - Induction No.99 - Edgar Roberts Mobbs DSO (Northampton, Barbarians, Toulouse, East Midlands County and England) 1882-1917
One of 25 legends inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at Wembley Stadium, London, on 20 September, 2015.
Born: 29 June, 1882
Died: 31 July, 1917
Born in Northampton, Mobbs began playing rugby at Bedford Modern School, where he also excelled at hockey and cricket. A knee injury delayed the onset of his first-class rugby career, but he eventually joined Northampton in 1905 from Olney RFC to become captain two years later. He held the position for six years, scoring a record 177 tries for the club.
Tall, skilful and powerful Mobbs was a fearsome sight with the ball in hand either at centre or on the wing. He made a try-scoring international debut against the 1908-09 Wallabies, and went on to win seven caps for England. He captained his country against France in the first ever Five Nations Championship and played 11 times for the Barbarians, six times as captain.
He also played for the Toulouse club where his pace, strength and devastating hand-off acquired legendary status among the supporters. He also played for and captained East Midlands County, which he represented on the RFU Committee.
He retired from the game in 1913 and in 1914 volunteered for the war, but was turned down because of his age. He did not relent and raised a company of volunteer sportsmen for the Northamptonshire Regiment, known as "Mobbs' Own" which he joined as a private.
Twice awarded a Distinguished Service Order, his pluck and leadership became legendary and he became a Major in March 1916, after which he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel. He was killed in action at Passchendaele in July 1917 and his body was never recovered. On 10 February, 1921 the first Mobbs Memorial match between the Barbarians and East Midlands was played at Franklin’s Gardens.