Don Robinson (rugby league)
|Full name||Donald Robinson|
4 June 1932 |
|Source: rugbyleagueproject.org englandrl.co.uk|
Donald "Don" Robinson (born 4 June 1932) birth regsistered in Pontefract, is an English professional Rugby League World Cup winning footballer of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, Yorkshire, and Rugby League XIII, and at club level for Wakefield Trinity (captain) (Heritage № 584), and Leeds, as a Prop, or Second-row, i.e. number 8 or 10, or, 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums.
Robinson represented the Rugby League XIII while at Wakefield Trinity in 1954 against Australasia, won caps for England while at Wakefield Trinity in 1951 against France, in 1955 against Other Nationalities, and while at Leeds in 1956 against France, and won caps for Great Britain while at Wakefield Trinity in the 1954 Rugby League World Cup against France, New Zealand, and Australia, and France, in 1955 against New Zealand, and while at Leeds in 1956 against Australia (2 matches), in 1959 against Australia (2 matches), and in 1960 against France.
Robinson played at second-row forward in all four of Great Britain's 1954 Rugby League World Cup matches, including Great Britain's 16-12 victory over France in the 1954 Rugby League World Cup Final at Parc des Princes, Paris on 13 November 1954 and was named man of the match. For his participation in these four matches, Don Robinson was paid a total of £25 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £1,493 in 2013).
Challenge Cup Final appearances
Don Robinson played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, and scored a try in Leeds' 9-7 victory over Barrow in the 1956–57 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1957, in front of a crowd of 76,318.
County Cup Final appearances
Don Robinson played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, and scored a try in Wakefield Trinity's 17-3 victory over Keighley in the 1951 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1951–52 season at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Saturday 27 October 1951, played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in Leeds' 24-20 victory over by Wakefield Trinity in the 1958 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1958–59 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 18 October 1958, and played Left-Prop, i.e. number 8, in the 9-19 defeat by Wakefield Trinity in the 1961 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1961–62 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 11 November 1961
Transfer From Wakefield Trinity To Leeds
Don Robinson was transferred from Wakefield Trinity to Leeds in January 1956, with Fred Smith going the other way. In addition, Wakefield Trinity also received £3,000 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £155,300 in 2013).
Don Robinson is the brother-in-law of the rugby league footballer Ron Evans through Evan's marriage to Irene Robinson.
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