As if the 2021/22 season couldn’t get any better, it did for Ben Boothman. The front rower was an important cog in the pack that helped Hull RUFC win the National 2 North title and promotion to the third tier of English rugby for the first time ever in the club’s history. Boothman’s form was rewarded with a call up to the Yorkshire squad. He was joined in the White Rose squad by team-mates Cam Curry, Loma Kivola, Will Hall, Reece Dean and Keane Naylor. Boothman scored a try as Yorkshire beat Northumberland 52-40 at the weekend and Boothman is hoping to keep his place in the team for Saturday’s Roses clash with Lancashire at West Park, Leeds.
“It was such a great experience,” Ben said.
“I have never played for Yorkshire I always got to the final trials through age groups, but never made the cut.
“I’ve played for Shropshire, Midlands, North Midlands and quite a few games for Northumberland.
“I played against Yorkshire for Northumberland a few years ago so was nice to switch it around and play for Yorkshire against them.
“I’ve always wanted to play for my home county all my life and being able to do it after such a great season with Hull and to share it with some of the boys was an unbelievable feeling.
“Bagging a try was the icing on the cake really.
“We’ve got Lancashire at the weekend in the battle of the roses which is going to be a huge game.
“Fingers crossed I get selected as that’s the one county game as a Yorkshireman you want to be involved with.”