Melbourne Rebels hooker Ged Robinson will play his 50th Super Rugby match this Friday against the Australian Conference leaders the Brumbies.
Hailing from Wellington, the Junior All Black is one of the highest capped players in the Rebels' short history, having played five matches for the Hurricanes and his 45th with the Rebels tomorrow night.
A passionate Rugby man, Robinson has been one of the unsung heroes for the Rebels since their inception, which is a tag that suits the 29 year old rake just fine, for now.
"I have been very fortunate to have been given an opportunity here in Melbourne with the Rebels, and earlier in Wellington through the Lions and the Hurricanes.
"You could say I am a late bloomer, but I feel I have plenty of Rugby left in me, and am very keen to continue to challenge myself next season."
Former Wallaby and Rebels Assistant Coach, Matt Cockbain, gave Robinson a glowing endorsement for the work he has done both on and off the field.
"Ged is one of the best set piece hookers in the Super Rugby competition, and his work rate is among the highest at the Club this season," said the 63 Test veteran.
"I often measure a player's worth by the reaction of his teammates when they score a try, and Ged has scored a few this season.
"He has had an active role in the team leadership group and has really flourished with the added responsibility, and will no doubt make a great leader as he continues his rugby journey.
"He has plenty of Rugby left in him, and will continue to accomplish many great feats."
New Zealand born Robinson had his breakout year in the 2009 season with the Wellington Hurricanes, after an accomplished run with the Wellington Lions in the ITM Cup. This followed a call up for the Junior All Blacks in 2010, before he moved to Melbourne.
Ged will part the Rebels at season's end as part of the international marquee rulings, after the Australian Rugby Union gave special dispensation to allow his third year in the Australian Conference.
Despite feeling at home in Melbourne, Robinson will leave with a heavy heart as he is ineligible to represent the All Blacks while he plays abroad. In an attempt to fulfil a boyhood dream, he will try to convince the New Zealand Super XV franchises to sign him up with a strong ITM Cup campaign.
"It is a boyhood dream to play for the All Blacks, so I want to go back and give it a crack and put my name in the hat," Robinson said.
"I would hate to look back on life and say I had a chance but didn't give it a go, so we will see how I get on over there. Playing regularly here has given me so much more confidence as a player and a person, and I am just so grateful to everybody at the Rebels for the opportunity presented to me.
"It's hard to put into words how much this Club means to me. It was a really hard decision (to head back to New Zealand), and I stressed over it for a couple of weeks.
"I never thought I would love a place outside New Zealand, and particularly in Australia, as much as I do now," Robinson jokes.
"Playing for the Rebels has made my career. The fans and the stadium are the best I have ever played in, or in front of, and I don't know if I will ever realise that again."