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Three More Years for Benn Robinson

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The HSBC Waratahs and ARU have re-signed loosehead prop Benn Robinson for another three seasons.


Robinson made his debut for the Waratahs on the 2004 tour of Argentina and has played 25 Super Rugby matches out of a total of 32 state appearances.


‘Benn is the first of several important front row re-signings we are facing at the moment,’ said head coach Ewen McKenzie.


‘The scrum continues to be one of our strengths and by locking Benn into this three year deal we’re off to a good start in retaining our men up front.’


Robinson said staying at the Waratahs was the logical choice to make.


‘The best thing for my scrummaging is playing here,’ said Robinson.


‘Ewen has not only coached me but he’s given me the opportunities which I truly appreciate.


‘I’m also playing with a bunch of Wallaby front rowers that I respect enormously and I’d like to think that we’ve set the standard for the Australian packs.’


McKenzie hopes to finalise the remaining contracts in a few weeks.


‘There’s never an ideal time for this sort of stuff but I’m always happy when a player of Benn’s quality puts pen to paper,’ added McKenzie.


The Australian Rugby Union echoed McKenzie’s thoughts.


“We’re delighted that Benn has re-signed,” ARU High Performance General Manager, Pat Wilson said.


“He is a key part of the future of the Waratahs and of Australian Rugby.”


Benn Robinson ‘ Profile


Position: Prop


Physical: 1.83m, 113kg


Born: 19.07.84, Sydney, NSW


Club: Eastwood


Provincial Caps: 32


Provincial Points: 15 [3t]


Provincial Debut: 2004 v Salta


Super 12/14 Caps: 25


Super 12/14 Points 5 [1t]


Super 12/14 Debut: 2006 v Queensland


Test Caps: 3


Test Points: Nil


Test Debut: 2006 v South Africa


Loosehead prop Benn Robinson came on in leaps and bounds in 2006, starting the year by making his Super 14 debut and finishing it an established member of the Wallaby squad. In between the talented 22-year old secured himself the Waratahs no.1 jersey, eventually starting 10 Super 14 games for the year.

Robinson’s ascent to the Test ranks came as a result of sustained good performances at club and underage level. A member of the Australian U21 team that finished runner up at the 2005 world titles in Argentina, Robinson played every minute of every game at that tournament and earned himself a reputation for toughness that prevails to this day.

A proven performer with club side Eastwood, Robinson’s aggressive and competitive approach at scrum time has impressed many at both state and national level. A two-time development tourist with the Waratahs, Robinson got the opportunity to fine-tune his craft against packs from renowned scrummaging nation Argentina, as well as heavyweight outfits from Russia and Romania.

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