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Final Whistle Blows On Robinson Career

World cup winner calls it a day

Posted Jul 13, 2011 by Chris White

Jason Robinson is one of the greats across both codes

Another of England’s 2003 World Cup winning side has retired from rugby this week, with Jason Robinson announcing that he is to quit the game at the age of 36. Robinson, who spent last season with National League One club Fylde said he made the decision because of niggling injuries creeping in which were affecting his game.

Robinson, who played 541 competitive games of rugby in his career, made the switch to Union in 2000 where he joined Sale Sharks, having started his career with league side Hunslet before making a real name for himself at Wigan.  

The winger made 159 appearances for the Sharks after an unsuccessful spell in union back in 1996 with Bath that lasted just 13 games, and having retired from the game originally back in 2007, Robinson returned for Fylde last year in a player-coach role but he has now decided to call it quits.

You cannot fault a player for retiring before injuries starting creeping in and affecting their game. Nobody wants to retire from a sport because of injury or when they are on a downward slope, because they will be the memories that fans will have of their career. You might as well, like Robinson has, end the career before the career ends you. If Robinson knows he is going to be spending time on the sidelines through injury, he has done the best thing he could have by telling the club now and allowing them to find a replacement and save the wages that Robinson would have been earning whilst sat on the sidelines.

Robinson had a fantastic career in both union and league, at both domestic and international level, and had a glittering career, leaving plenty of positive rugby-related memories with supporters, including a try in the final of the 2003 World Cup.
In announcing his retirement, Robinson said, "When I look back and look at the stats, World Cups, Lions tours and Challenge Cups, I can look back with some fantastic memories, knowing I’ve ticked almost every box there is to tick, so it was a pretty easy decision.”

Robinson will now be able to watch this winter’s World Cup from the comfort of his own home, and you can find out more about the World Cup by visiting our microsite by clicking here.

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