Mark Robinson (rugby, born 1975)

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Mark Robinson
Full name Mark Darren Robinson
Date of birth (1975-08-21) 21 August 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Palmerston North, New Zealand
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 14 st 2 lb (90 kg)
School Whangarei Boys' High
Rugby league career
Position Hooker
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003 Warriors 1 (0)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Halfback/Scrum-half
New Zealand No. 965
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–2008
2008–2010
Northampton
London Wasps

24
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996–2002 North Harbour 74 (???)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1997–1998

1999–2002
Waikato Chiefs
Blues
12

39
(0)

(40)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)

1997–2001
NZ A
NZ

3

(5)
correct as of 8 February 2007.

Mark Darren "Sharky" Robinson (born 21 August 1975 in Palmerston North, New Zealand) is a retired rugby union footballer, who most recently played scrum-half for London Wasps. Robinson also played for the All Blacks during the 1997–98 and 2001 seasons. He is also known as "Sharky".

He grew up in Whangarei. He emerged as a prospective rugby player when he moved to North Harbour during his teenage years, making the Harbour Colts and New Zealand Colts in 1995. He entered first-class rugby the following year with Harbour. He played for the Chiefs in the international Super 12 competition. In 1997 he toured with the All Blacks and played three games in Europe. The following year he played in a Test against England in Dunedin.

In 1999 he moved to the re-organised Auckland Blues, and appeared five times for New Zealand 'A' that season. In 2000 he also played for the New Zealand 'A' side that toured Europe. In 2001 he was recalled to the All Blacks for the end-of-year tour. He played in matches against Ireland and Scotland 'A', as well as the Test against Scotland. He also played in the Test against Argentina.

In 2003 he signed to play rugby league for the New Zealand Warriors. He played one game at hooker, coming on from the bench.[1] For most of the year he played for the North Harbour Tigers in the 2005 Bartercard Cup. He also played for the Barbarians that year, wearing his Warriors socks.

In 2004 he signed for Northampton in the Guinness Premiership.

On 22 May 2008 he transferred to London Wasps.

On 1 May 2010 Robinson called time on his Rugby career after a degenerative knee injury forced him to retire after 2 seasons at London Wasps. He said "It has been a very difficult season for me and despite every effort to come back, my knee injury is just too severe and too painful to continue". He only played 24 times for the Wasps in his period with the club.

All Blacks statistics[edit]

Tests: 3 (0 as Captain)
Games: 5 (0 as Captain)
Total Matches: 8 (0 as Captain)
Test Points: 5pts (1t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)
Game Points: 10pts (2t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)
Total Points: 15pts (3t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [Marsh shakes off injury, tipped to play ] Waikato Times, 29 April 2003

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