Many players have made the jump between codes from league to union, but arguably none have made more of an impact than the wizard that is Jason Robinson.
With blistering speed, power and pace the 51 times capped England international left many a despaired opponent in his wake.
Through his super human side-stepping and intuition, ‘Billy-Whizz’, as he was nicknamed, was able to create holes and gaps in the opponents’ defence which no mere mortal in his right mind would even dream of.
Following his debut for England in the 2001 Six Nations against Italy, Robinson was subsequently selected for that summer’s Lions tour of Australia where he truly made a name for himself on the rugby world stage, by not only starting, but also scoring a mesmerising try in typical Robinson-fashion against Australia in the first test.
Unlike other rugby league superstars who found the transition between the codes more ‘difficult’ shall we say…. cough.. cough.. Sam Burgess…. Robinson was able to adapt his rugby league skill and mindset flawlessly to union where he continued to play at the highest level.
His champion mindset was nurtured while playing for Wigan Warriors who reigned supreme when Robinson played for them, scoring Wigan’s only try in Super League’s first ever Grand Final, which the Cherry & Whites won.
As a result, he was awarded the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man-of-the-match, he was also named on the wing in the 1998 season’s Super League Dream Team and again in 1999 and 2000.
In union, as winger, Robinson scored a crucial try which led to England’s World Cup winning triumph against Australia in 2003 and helped lead Sale Sharks to it’s first ever Premiership title in 2006, he even captained England for a brief period following the 2003 World Cup.
A true champion and leader of men.
See below the sheer brilliance that is, Jason Robinson, as his best ten tries are counted down.
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