10 Oct 2020

Black History Month Bio - Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson (Wigan, England & Great Britain)

Jason Robinson was perhaps the first truly great rugby player of the modern era. He signed for Wigan from Hunslet Boys Club as a 17 year old in 1991. From that moment, he was a vital player in the all-conquering Wigan machine.

He proceeded to win every medal available to him, and wrote himself into the history books when he scored Wigan’s winning try in the first-ever Super League Grand Final.

But Jason was much more than a scorer of tries. His strength and speed off the mark made him dangerous close to the line or carrying the ball out of defence. And despite his relative lack of height at 173cm, he was a powerful and intelligent defender.

He soon made his mark in international rugby league too. Just two years after making his debut for Wigan, he was selected for Great Britain and scored two tries in a 17-0 shut out of New Zealand. Altogether he played 12 times in a British shirt and also for England in the 1995 World Cup, including an appearance in the final.

In 1994, Jason’s international reputation was enhanced even further when he scored Wigan’s third and decisive try in their memorable 20-14 World Club Challenge win against Brisbane Broncos in Australia.

In 2000, he switched codes and soon became a star of the England rugby union team, winning a world cup in 2003 and captaining the side in 2005. But he never forgot that his roots were in rugby league.

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