Benn Robinson

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Benn Robinson
Benn Robinson for Greater Sydney Rams.jpg
Full name Benn Alexander Robinson
Date of birth (1984-07-19) 19 July 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 113 kg (17 st 11 lb)
School The King's School, Sydney
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Loosehead Prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Western Sydney Rams
Greater Sydney Rams
correct as of 4 December 2014.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006–16 Waratahs 151 (35)
correct as of 28 June 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Australia U-21
Australia Schoolboys
72 (15)
correct as of 30 November 2014.
Benn at fan signing

Benn Robinson (born 19 July 1984, in Sydney) is a former Australian professional rugby union footballer. He plays as a loosehead prop for the New South Wales Waratahs in the Super Rugby competition, and for Australia in international matches.[1]

He retired from rugby in June 2016 after suffering a serious eye injury, having made 72 test match and 151 Super Rugby appearances.[2]

Early life[edit]

Robinson grew up in the town of Glenorie, on the outskirts of Sydney. He attended Glenorie Public School and played his junior rugby for the local Beecroft Rugby Club.[1] He was educated at The King's School, where he played for the First XV and went on to play for the Australian Schoolboys in 2002.[1] He was selected and played for the Australian under 21 side in 2005,[3] and played every match for the team at the IRB under-21 World Championships in Argentina.

Rugby career[edit]

The 2006 season became a ground-breaking one for Robinson. He made his Super 14 debut for the Waratahs against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on 11 February 2006, and went on to play in all 13 games for the Waratahs during the season.[4] He also made his Test debut for the Wallabies against South Africa in the TriNations.[3] In 2009 he became the second winner of the People’s Choice – Wallaby of the Year award, at the John Eales Medal awards night. This award is voted on by the Australian public.[citation needed]

In 2011, Robinson's Rugby World Cup aspirations were dealt a cruel blow when he was ruled of the tournament with a season-ending knee injury. The blow was cruel luck for the popular 27-year-old, who had provided the Wallabies scrum with stability through much of the three seasons leading up to last year’s Rugby World Cup.[3] In 2012, Robinson became the 163rd player to captain New South Wales, leading the Waratahs side out for clashes with the Sharks and Chiefs.[5][6]

In 2014, Robinson won the Super Rugby title with the Waratahs.

Work in the media[edit]

Robinson has been utilised in various television media roles at different stages to date during his career. He was bestowed the nickname "Cat", due to his likeness to the former Australian Test cricketer and Channel Nine's The Footy Show personality, Greg "Fat Cat" Ritchie. While sidelined with injury in 2011, Robinson acted as an experts comments man for terrestrial broadcaster Channel Nine, during the key matches of the 2011 & 2015 Rugby World Cups.

Reference list[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Waratahs profile". Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "NSW Waratahs’ highest-ever capped player, Benn Robinson announces his retirement from rugby" (Press release). Waratahs. 7 June 2016. Archived from the original on 7 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Wallabies profile (2013)". Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  4. ^ ", Super 14 Season 2006– Games played". Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Payten, Iain (25 March 2012). "Benn Robinson gains wisdom from former Waratahs captain Phil Waugh". The Daily Telegraph. 
  6. ^ Horne, Ben (23 Mar 2012). "I will lead Waratahs by example, says Robinson". Retrieved 8 February 2014. 

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