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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Jason Robinson classic try against Italy in 2004

Jason Robinson classic try against Italy in 2004

World Cup winner Jason Robinson recently announced that he is to come out of retirement to play rugby for Flyde, a team three tiers below the Premiership. Today we get a chance to relive the Robinson magic, as we take a look back at a great try from 2004.

After retiring in 2007, Robinson had a stint at coaching with Sale last season, and within only three months of being head coach at the club, hes shocked the rugby world by announcing that hell be playing for Flyde, a team that compete in National League Two North.

Robinson will be joining former England coach Brian Ashton, who himself has recently returned to the club as a coaching consultant. A star in both League and Union, 36 year old Robinson is keen to lace up the boots again and get out there.

"This is not a publicity stunt for me," he insisted. "If I wanted to I could have gone on and played in the Premiership. I know I am going to be a marked man and I am sure the opposition will be looking to see if they can put a big shot on me. That is all part of the game. My body is in good shape and if I didn't think I could do anything, then I wouldn't be wasting my time here.

"I said I would never get into coaching and last season with Sale reaffirmed the reasons why. It was stressful and it opened my eyes to a lot of things. Some people you think you know and some people you are surprised with, but all in all it was a great experience.

"But I don't want to have certain pressures upon me and the role I am taking up now will be more about me and what I can deliver rather than other people."

Coach Ashton said stated that Fylde have signed 'the best full-back in the country'.

"Rugby is not a one-man game but if there is any player that I have ever dealt with who can galvanise a whole team then it is Jason Robinson," Ashton said.

"He is a freak of rugby because I don't think anyone has played the game like him before and I don't think anyone else will play it like him again."

Heres a great try from 2004 when Billy Whizz scored a hat trick against Italy, earning him the man of the match award on the day. He may never reach those heights again, but one thing is certain the attendances at Fylde home matches are sure to rise with Robinson on the park.

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Posted at 3:37 pm | 34 comments

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Mark van Cooten August 05, 2010 3:13 pm

Anyone can scare against Italy and defence like that... that no. 10 hasn't a clue how to defend, is the problem!

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filipe August 05, 2010 3:17 pm

Well, he did the same against Australia with the lions when Australia were world champions but I guess they don't know to defend either

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Anonymous August 05, 2010 3:26 pm

ha yeh, as chris latham how easy it is defend against robinson.

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Bryn Elesedy August 05, 2010 3:45 pm

The club is called Fylde, it's in Blackpool, England... which isn't that far from me, a few people I know play in the same league, a lot of young players at premiership clubs are loaned to teams in the league for development... I'm going to one soon I think as well... and as a claim to fame a friend of the family is best buds with Jason Robinson as they're both devout Christians. Btw, I love you RD

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Anonymous August 05, 2010 3:49 pm

I would have gone to the Requests section but you have to sign-up. How about showing all of Dan Carter's restarts from the Australia game - columnists are saying he's invented a new way of doing them (low trajectory) that prevents the receiving team from securing it. Is it all just hype though?

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FrankyH August 05, 2010 4:16 pm

^ A bit of irony (cheek more like it) in that comment - Not using the requests section because it requires you typing a few things, but then asking for time to be spent making a video compilation. hmmm

Great try - love seeing older, random clips like this. Robinson was sensational one on one. There's definitely a moment there where the defender sees Robinson coming and says to himself 'Oh f*ck..' :)

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PGRFC August 05, 2010 4:18 pm

Bryn,

He was sending his son to the team I help coach at the Grasshopppers, it was a shame to lose the kid and Jason, it certainly made the dads bring their kids to training a lot more!

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Luxi August 05, 2010 4:31 pm

good try, although at the tiome italy werent where they are today

i knew he could play centre, but i imagined him more like a fast moving 13,
what kinda backline did england have at the time (who on wings and FB)??

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cp85 August 05, 2010 4:58 pm

Absolutely classic try. Draws the defence, opens them up, untouched on the one on one. Did it for England, did it for the Lions. Absolute Machine. England won't have another player like him for a while.

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Wolfman21 August 05, 2010 5:25 pm

Robinson is the best ball runner I have ever seen - one of my all time favourite players.

Luxi - he was playing outside centre despite the 12 on his back. Greenwood was inside centre, but didn't wear the number 12 shirt because he considered it to be unlucky. Wingers were Lewsey, Cohen and fullback was Balshaw.

Imagine being a 20 year old, amateur fullback, last line of defence with Robinson running at you!

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Chris Boy August 05, 2010 8:32 pm

if my memory serves me correctly he was in fact playing outside centre in this match but greenwood wanted to keep hold of the 13 shirt out of superstition.

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Joost August 05, 2010 8:39 pm

Great player... Had Twinkle Toes. His burning of Chris Latham is there in my memory forever...

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Anonymous August 05, 2010 8:56 pm

he believes that he could walk into any premiership club...

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Anonymous August 05, 2010 9:13 pm

And he could, so what's to it?

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cheyanqui August 06, 2010 12:11 am

perhaps one of the most amazing things about Robinson's skill is that he kept two hands on the ball from start to finish.

I wonder if that helped him open up defenses so much more. Combining pace, side step, and the doubt that he might pass to either side.

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Tommy August 06, 2010 12:14 am

The truth is he developed all his skills and ability in league.
English rugby union does not, and if thigns stay as they are, will not ever produce players like Robinson.
NZ and Aus can produce players similar, but not England.
They loved Robinson, but show no respect for the training, skills and rugby philosophy required to develop players like Robinson.

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Cod August 06, 2010 1:55 am

0.26 - 0.29 LOL. England fans.

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Anonymous August 06, 2010 2:09 am

Greatest player ever to grace a rugby field

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Anonymous August 06, 2010 2:15 am

Comapre him to the england wingers nowadays.
Cueto, monye and banahan are hardly superstars. Picked to run in tries but not to create anything.

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Anonymous August 06, 2010 2:19 am

Anonymous said...
Greatest player ever to grace a rugby field

LOL... Ohh you're serious? Let me laugh even harder.

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I AM THE SMARTEST MA August 06, 2010 4:54 am

I was always amazed at how this guy could run and step so fast when carrying the ball out in front of him.

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USA7 August 06, 2010 5:24 am

Look at that mans legs, so much power.

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Ted August 06, 2010 8:25 am

Tommy - how exactly does league produce players like Robinson? Because I have to say England have tried plenty of other league converts in the last five years and none of them have been anything close to Robinson. Andy Farrell anyone?

And whilst saying Jase was the greatest player ever might be a bit of an exagerration, I think he's the most exciting winger from the last fifteen years or so - better than Rokococo, Habana or Williams.

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Anonymous August 06, 2010 9:38 am

He made everyone look like they were working in slow motion, he ate 'the best' for breakfast. If you don't respect him, then you don't understand rugby. Go back to ozzie rules

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BigBucks August 06, 2010 10:35 am

The days when England ruled the world

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NiWiTa August 06, 2010 11:57 am

Hi Ted - have to agree with Tommy. Despite the dreadful performance of Farrel (who should never have been bought and whose knees were screwed and lacked pace), there have been some successful RL converts internationally....

Flops like Lesley Vanikolo do not represent the talent of a many English League players....(e.g. current young guns like Sam Tompkins, Kyle Eastmond). Because Southern Hemisphere players often have played both codes from an early age they develop the technical awareness of Union and the out and out running/attack skills from League - e.g. Robinson's both hands on the ball whilst running at full pace. A key example is Brad Thorn who played League for number of years in Oz and is an excpetional all black/lotte tuquiri is another Oz example...

Sadly the ERU has consistently picked Rugby League has-beens (excluding Robinson and more recently Hape from the Super League (Bradford) and ex Kiwi-league international) and the insistence that League players are talentless thugs persists within the Rugby Union's hierachy. Choosing Andy Farrel would be in League terms like picking Andy "hands like cows tits" Borthwick. If useless in Union I can only imagine the complete lack of impact Borthwick would have in League....

Rant over - but as an England supporter and player of both codes it is time we recognised and poached talent from both codes....Oh yeah forgot to mention Chris Ashton who has a lot to learn BUT is hardly pants........

Robinson is an absolute legend and the best English RU winger for creativity and attacking play in the modern era...Best of luck to him

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Ted August 06, 2010 12:09 pm

Fair point NiWiTa - but I still think Jase was good simply because he was an exceptional talent rather than his background in Rugby League.

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NiWiTa August 06, 2010 12:39 pm

Fair play Ted - and I am probably being over mancunian/northern and patriotic too :)

I don't know the stats for Robinson. How does he compare to the Underwood brothers as an England winger?

Risk of being controversial here but I think the most under-rated winger in both hemispheres is Hosea Gear....I just don't understand why the AB's don't pick him. Hope he has an English relative he he

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Ted August 06, 2010 2:06 pm

Rory Underwood is still England's highest try scorer with 49 tires from 85 caps, whereas Jase got 28 tries 51 caps. Underwood was incredibly quick in a straight line but Jase could do something very few others could do, i.e. make something from nothing.

In fact, although England don't have a reputation for attacking play I think we've had a long list of excellent wingers in the last twenty years or so. The problem is more in the centre of the pitch at 10,12,13. The only combinations that have really worked here have been Andrew/Carling/Guscott and Wilkinson/Greenwood/Tindall. If England can find another combo that works in midfield then there are plenty of wingers out there to finish off the moves.

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Luxi August 06, 2010 4:30 pm

Cheers wolfman21 ;)

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Anonymous August 09, 2010 9:55 am

miss Robinson playing for England :(

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NiWiTa August 09, 2010 12:13 pm

Hi Ted thanks for the stuff on Rory - you are right of course on the centre/half-back pairings not producing wing opportunities for England....

I had hopes for our poached NZer Flutey after his first 6 nations but not recently....Inside centre seems our real weakness as I reckon Ashton will only get better if given opportunity but can't see that happening at the moment..

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sithepie February 10, 2012 2:47 pm

Robinson without question an exceptional winger and full back for England, probably one of the best when he was playing. Will we ever see and English back with the pace, skill and dancing feet of that guy? Not likely.

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