Robbie Robinson (rugby player)

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Robert Robinson
Full name Robert Blair Robinson
Date of birth (1989-08-22) 22 August 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Westport, Buller, New Zealand
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 84 kg (13 st 3 lb)
School Southland Boys' High School
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union player
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position First five-eighth, Fullback
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2015− Toyota Verblitz 23 (25)
Correct as of 15 January 2017
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2008–14
2014
Southland
North Harbour
57
8
(288)
(8)
Correct as of 13 October 2014
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2010–11
2012–14
Highlanders
Chiefs
20
24
(54)
(15)
Correct as of 4 August 2013
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2009
2010–
New Zealand under-20
Māori All Blacks
6
5
(27)
(14)
Correct as of 11 November 2014

Robert Blair "Robbie" Robinson (born 22 August 1989 in Westport, New Zealand) is a professional rugby union player who represents the Chiefs in the Super Rugby competition as well as North Harbour in the ITM Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Robinson made his debut for Southland in round three 2008 Air New Zealand Cup against the Hawke's Bay Magpies. He played majority of his games at fullback rather than his favoured first five-eighth position due to the competitions top scorer Blair Stewart having cemented the role for the season.

In 2009 Robinson was selected for the New Zealand Under 20s team for the Junior World Cup in Japan. Robinson played the majority of the tournament at fullback[1] due to the team's captain Aaron Cruden being a specialist first five-eighth. The team went through the tournament unbeaten, defeating England 44-28 in the final.[2]

His season continued with Southland making a great start to the competition after being second after 8 rounds of the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup. However a string of bad performances led to the team needing to win their final round Ranfurly Shield challenge against Canterbury. The team came out of the game victorious with Robinson kicking three penalties leading the Stags to a win and ending the 50 year shield drought.

His form led to him securing a Highlanders contract for the 2010 and 2011 Super Rugby seasons. In 2012, after two years with the Highlanders, he signed with the Chiefs, with his contract extending until the 2014 season.

He scored the Chiefs' winning try in the 2013 Super Rugby final in a 27-22 win against the Brumbies.

He was released by the Chiefs in 2014 after a frustrating injury that kept him out for the entire campaign.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Savory, Logan (28 May 2009). "Robbie Robinson may start at 15". Southland Times. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Davidson, Martin (22 June 2009). "NZ retain world under-20 rugby title". Ruby Heaven. NZPA. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 

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