Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Jason Robinson's international career is now officially over. The most feared running fullback in world rugby has hung up those devastating boots that have seen him playing 16 years of top flight rugby.
At Twickenham on Saturday, Robinson took to the field with a standing ovation for the great man. When he left in the 68th minute it was much the same. The crowd showed respect to the man with possibly the quickest feet in the game, who served his club and country with so much pride throughout his distinguished career.
Robinson has decided that now is the time to settle down completely and spend more time with his family. He's had a long career and despite having an excellent year for England, and more recently, showing how dangerous he still is for the Barbarians, has decided that now is the right time to bow out.
Billy Whizz, as he's affectionately known, started as a youngster with Rugby League side Wigan. He soon showed what a dangerous player he was, and later went on to become one of Great Britain's greatest try scoring legends.
His transition to Rugby Union was a smooth one, unlike many others who have struggled to make the change. His electrifying speed and fast feet made him one of the most lethal counter attackers the world has ever seen.
In terms of his future, he candidly mentions how coaching isn't something he'd want to get into.
"I can see myself doing some kind of ambassador role maybe some stuff in the community, perhaps with children, but theres no chance of coaching at a higher level. Ive seen what coaches go through - most go bald."
A character, a true gentleman, and a legend of the game who will be sorely missed, but will always be remembered.
- Wigan 1992-2000 (281 games, 171 tries)
- 12 Great Britain Caps (8 tries)
- 7 England Caps (4 tries)
- Super League Winner 1998
- Championship Winner 93,94,95,96
- Challenge Cup Winner 1993, 1995
Young Player of the Year 1993
- Sale Sharks 2000-2007 (112 games, 33 tries)
- 51 England Caps (28 tries)
- 5 Lions Caps
- World Cup Winner 2003
- Challenge Cup Winner 2002, 2005
- Premiership Winner 2006
- World Cup Finalist 2007
Barbarians vs South Africa Winner 2007