Benn Robinson re-commits to HSBC Waratahs


27/06/2013



By HSBC Waratahs Media Unit

Benn Robinson has tonight re-committed his future to NSW, signing a new three-year deal with the HSBC Waratahs and Australian Rugby.

Already the NSW Waratahs’ equal-fourth most capped player of all-time with 115 appearances to his name, the decision will see Robinson remain in sky blue until the end of 2016, extending his tenure with his home state to 13 years.

At 28, Robinson is already Australia’s second most capped front-rower and will this Saturday earn his 58th Test cap when the Wallabies take on The British & Irish Lions in the second Test in Melbourne.  

The decision places him in position to hunt down his former state and country team-mate Al Baxter, who is currently the NSW Waratahs’ and Australia’s most capped prop after representing the country and state on 69 and 130 occasions, respectively.

Said HSBC Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika, “Benn Robinson has shown his class as a rugby player and his commitment to his team by the way in which he has adapted and led from the front, under a new and very different regime this season.

“His contributions to the changes that are happening in NSW rugby, both on and off the field, have been very important and his re-signing takes him one step closer to being a one team player, quite rare in the modern era.”

Having made his NSW debut against Salta in Argentina in 2004, Robinson’s Super Rugby debut came two years later against the Reds, the same season as his Test debut against South Africa.   

Last year, he captained the HSBC Waratahs, leading the team to a win over the Sharks on debut. Although now into his seventh season as a Test player, Robinson has had the misfortune to miss two Rugby World Cups and admits that gap in the career CV did offer an incentive to stay in Australia, as did the lure of an elusive Super Rugby title.   

“There’s still a lot more I’d like to achieve in Australia,” Robinson says. “The options were there to look at going overseas but I love living in Sydney and enjoy what I am doing at the moment. I’m just not ready to leave.

“I remain as proud now to wear the sky blue, and the gold, as I was the first time I put both jerseys on.

“I’m not big on either titles or statistics, but captaining my state, and then playing my 50th Test – both of which happened last year – are experiences that I will never forget.”

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