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Legends of the Game: Jason Robinson

One of England's World Cup heroes

Posted Jul 27, 2011 by Legends

Robinson was only the second player to play Union for England and League for Great Britain

One of the 2003 World Cup winners, Jason Robinson is one of the most successful players to have made the move from rugby league to rugby union, establishing himself as one of the greatest backs of all time in the England squad, striking fear into every opponent he ran at.

In total, Robinson made 51 caps for England, scoring 140 points, and made 5 appearances for the British and Irish lions, scoring two tries, going on the 2001 tour of Australia and the 2005 tour of New Zealand.

Having started his career in rugby league, Robinson made 329 appearances in all, for Hunslet and then more famously Wigan, where he scored 685 points in an eight year spell before making the move to union in 2000, joining Sale Sharks. Before the move, Robinson represented Great Britain on 12 occasions and England 7 times.

He made his international rugby union debut in 2001 against Italy, becoming only the second Englishman ever to have played rugby union for England and rugby league for Great Britain, (after Barrie-Jon Mather in 1999), and won the Grand Slam two years later as England wrapped up the Six Nations.

One of the most famous of his 30 tries for England, was in the final of the 2003 World Cup, the only try of the match, which England won thanks to that famous Jonny Wilkinson drop goal late on against the Australians.

Following the disappointing Lions tour of 2005, Robinson announced his international retirement, but he returned a year later, helping England to the final of the 2007 World Cup, but he couldn’t lead England to victory as the South Africans took the glory and Robinson retired from internationals once again.

His final appearance came for the Barbarians against South Africa later that year, although he did attempt a comeback in 2010 with National League One side Fylde in the 2010/11 season, where he took on a player-coach role, but decided to hang up his boots for good at the end of the season.

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