|Date of Birth||19/7/1984|
|Super 14 Team||NSW Waratahs 2006|
|Super 12/14 Points||0|
|Super 12/14 Caps||8|
|Tests||2006 - SA3|
|Test Debut||2006 v South Africa, Johannesburg|
|Honours||Australian Schoolboys 2002, Australian Under 21s 2005|
Benn Robinson is a young prop who has made the most of his starting opportunities with the Waratahs this season, scrumaging solidly against South African and New Zealand front rows and improving on his versatility around the field.
Keeping Matt Dunning out of the Waratah Number one jersey for three weeks in a row, Robinson toured Argentina with the Waratahs in 2004 and was an ARU High Performance contract holder last season.
Following in the steps of fellow Eastwood props, Dunning and Bill Young, Robinson is still only 21 years of age and graduated from the Kings School in Sydney in 2002.
2002 - Played for Australian Schools against New Zealand Schools in Wellington.
2003 - Represented NSW Under 19s.
2004 - Toured Argentina with the Waratahs making his senior debut against Salta.
2005 - An ARU High Performance contract holder, Robinson played in every minute of every game at the IRB Under 21 World Championships in Argentina.
2006 - Made his Super 12 debut as a replacement in Week 1 and then started at loosehead prop for the Waratahs in four consecutive matches ahead of Wallaby prop Matt Dunning
Connolly names 25-man squad for South Africa Tour
August 24, 2006 - 12:18pm
Story by: ARU
Qantas Wallabies Coach John Connolly has named a twenty-five man squad to tour South Africa for Australia's final Tri-Nations match against the Springboks at Ellis Park on September 9. The squad will assemble in Sydney next Tuesday (29 August) for a three day camp before departing for Johannesburg on Friday (1 September).
Connolly has opted to rest prop Greg Holmes, who will stay behind to begin preparations for the November Spring Tour after starting in each of the Wallabies' eight Tests this season.
Holmes' place in the touring squad has been taken by 22-year-old Waratahs prop Benn Robinson, while new Western Force recruit Drew Mitchell and Brumbies prop Guy Shepherdson rejoin the squad after missing out on the Bledisloe Cup Tour to Auckland.
Connolly said Holmes would remain in Australia to commence a tailored training program.
“By resting Greg from the Test we will be able to give him an early start on a training program and provide an opportunity for Benn Robinson to compete for a place in the team,” said Connolly.
“The front row selections have been very close this year and we've been very conscious of broadening our squad ahead of the World Cup,” he said.
The Wallabies will spend the week in Johannesburg preparing for the match at Ellis Park on Saturday September 9.
“We've only won two Tests in South Africa since they came back into Test Rugby (in 1992) so we have an enormous challenge ahead of us,” said Connolly.
“The players are very keen to end the Tri Nations on a positive note and build towards the end of year tour with a win in South Africa.”
Qantas Wallabies Squad for South Africa Tour (1-10 September)
Al Baxter, Rodney Blake, Mark Chisholm, Rocky Elsom, Scott Fava, Mark Gerrard, Matt Giteau, George Gregan (c), Stephen Larkham, Chris Latham, Tai McIsaac, Drew Mitchell, Stirling Mortlock (vc), Wycliff Palu, Jeremy Paul, Clyde Rathbone, Benn Robinson, Mat Rogers, Nathan Sharpe, Brett Sheehan, Cameron Shepherd, Guy Shepherdson, George Smith, Dan Vickerman (vc), Phil Waugh.
Benn Robinson (former Dural Player) - Super 14 contract Waratahs in 2006. Benn becomes a Wallaby click here
Wednesday, 2 November 2005
Daily telegraph story about Benn becoming a Wallaby - click here
|Physical:||1.83m, 113kg |
|Born:||19.07.84, Sydney, NSW |
|Provincial Caps: ||21 |
|Provincial Points: ||15 [3t] |
|Provincial Debut: ||2004 v Salta |
|Super 12/14 Caps: ||14 |
|Super 12/14 Points ||5 [1t] |
|Super 12/14 Debut:||2006 v Queensland |
|Test Caps: ||2 |
|Test Points: ||Nil |
|Test Debut: ||2006 v South Africa |
Benn Robinson is a prop with a big future. An ARU High Performance Unit (HPU) contract holder in 2005, Robinson’s performances on the 2004 tour of Argentina and for club side Eastwood saw him offered a two-year Super 14 contract with the Waratahs starting in 2006.
Already a proven front row performer at club level, Robinson showed his strength & durability while on Australian U21 duty at the 2005 IRB world championships in Argentina, where he featured in every minute of every game at the tournament.
A product of Dural Rugby Club and the Kings School, Benn played two years of First XV Rugby representing GPS Firsts and NSW Schools both years. He also won a GPS title with Kings in 2002 on the way to Australian Schoolboys selection.
He went on to represent NSW U19 in 2003 and NSW U21 in 2005, before gaining selection in the Australian U21 side that recently made the final of the IRB World Championships in Argentina. Incredibly for a prop, Benn showed his durability by playing every minute of every game on tour.
He made his first grade debut for Eastwood in 2004 and has since become an automatic selection for the Woodies.
A series of strong performances for the Waratahs on the tour of Eastern Europe have pushed him one step closer to a possible Super 14 debut.
'Tahs slaughter pitiful pussycats - full story
Friday March 10 2006
Cats concede 50 points in Sydney
The Waratahs recorded the first half century of the inaugural Super 14 competition when they beat a pitiful team of pussyCats 50-3 at Aussie Stadium in Sydney on Friday. The Waratahs scored seven tries without reply from the Cats.
'Dizzy heights won't faze Robinson'
Photo: Getty Images
It's not the traditionally squat front-rower's frame that Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie expects will get Benn Robinson through the toughest of international debuts this weekend, but rather what's inside his headgear.
Robinson is expected to be named as starting loose-head for Australia for their match against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday - surely the toughest international initiation a front-rower could be handed.
The Springboks are not only renowned as among the toughest scrummaging nations in the game, but the high-altitude conditions of Ellis Park also add further ballast to the weight of expectation on the 22-year-old.
"Everyone who plays their first Test always remembers how fast the game went, and that's going to be a challenge at altitude, a nice quick pace," McKenzie said. "That'll test the lungs out, but they're there acclimatising so they'll give themselves the best chance to get that part of it right.
"I think it's a challenge for Benn also to come up against a big pack that is probably on a high [after last weekend's win over the All Blacks], but I think it depends on your personality and I don't think Benny gets bogged down in the sentimentality."
Since signing the young Eastwood front-rower, McKenzie has been repeatedly impressed by the attitude and focus he maintains, continually accepting new challenges with confidence.
By all accounts, Robinson will be handed his first cap due to performances on the training paddock which have demanded recognition, and his provincial coach can see a chance to secure the No.1 jersey just as he did with the Waratahs this year.
"The bigger the hurdle, the bigger he'll step up," McKenzie said. "As challenging as it will be, it won't be a problem for him. And the opportunity, given the scrummaging performance [by Australia] over the season so far, it's a good chance to show his training form can be replicated on the field. He won't be daunted."
And, while the speed and intensity of a Test match will be a new experience, Robinson can expect to have many familiar faces in front of him after a solid season in the Super 14.
"He's scrummaged against plenty of different people and he's even scrummaged against the guys he's probably going to be up against over there," McKenzie said. "The Super 14 gives you some familiarity, which is handy."
Back in Sydney, McKenzie is looking for the next players to step up to the Super 14, naming his side for the opening Australian Provincial Championship match against the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday night.
The Waratahs have selected four new faces in their 22: Northern Suburbs open-side Beau Robinson, West Harbour winger Nick Reily, Randwick second-rower Shawn MacKay and Sydney Uni back-rower Tim Davidson.
Former Waratahs centre Sam Harris completes his return to the fold after a stint in the NRL, earning a spot on the bench, while Morgan Turinui will also play from the reserves as he continues to recover from a broken hand.
"There's a few guys we're experimenting with and a few we know a lot about, and we've only got a short preparation, so we're also relying on a few combinations as well," McKenzie said
Email sent to the whole club from Debra Dunne 7th May 2004
PAST DURAL PLAYER PROFILE - BENN ROBINSON (2004 EASTWOOD 1st Grade)
It was with great pleasure that I received an email from Kerry Robinson, proud mum of Benn and a former Dural registrar. Kerry was a very hard worker for Dural and it was fantastic to hear from her. She will always be a very special part of the Dural Rugby history. Below is her email (edited) and as you will read Benn is a very successful Dural boy. Good luck this weekend against Randwick - go Woodies....
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 2:34 PM
Subject: Benn Robinson
Always keep an update of what is going on at Dural.. How are things..good to see Tim Sproats is playing well. he was one of my recruits a long time ago.
Was looking at the Honour roll and thought I might update you with Benn
Well at the moment he is playing First Grade at Eastwood.. I'm sure you know that.. And playing great Rugby at 19. not bad for a Loose Head Prop. Well thought I might update his player profile for those who knew him.
Joined Dural in 1998 as a 14 year old and played Under 15's,
U15's 1999, U16's 2000, U17's 2001 - he must have at least 50 games up for Dural
Eastwood Rep from U10's to U17's
Met West as you have it U15's 1999
Sydney side U15's 1999 and Sydney U16's 2000
Kings 1st XV 2001 & 2002
GPS 1st XV 2001 & 2002
NSW Schoolboys 1st XV 2001 & 2002
Australian Schoolboys Development Squad 2001
Australian Schoolboys 2002 - most valuable player.
Eastwood Colts 2003 1st XV
NSW Under 19's 2003 - which won the Trans Tasman Cup.
2004 Eastwood 1st Grade.
Hope he keeps going - you never know - ?????????????
Well other than that, I am well.. hear only good news about Dural..
Hope your boys are well.. And playing good rugby of course..say hi to all whom I might know.. Take care
Benn Robinson returns with the Tahs to tell us about Eastern Europe.
Pete Hewat in Russia
Aaron Broughton-Rouse, Benn Robinson and Shaun Berne
Tim Donnelly and Benn Robinson at the Acropolis
The Waratahs Eastern Europe trip started out with our first destination being Bahrain. Bahrain is a place that needs getting used to. For one the weather hardly dropped below 35 degrees the whole time we were there, so training was challenging, losing two kilograms in a session wasn’t uncommon for all the boys. We arrived in the month of Ramadan, which means a few restrictions for the country, so eating or drinking in public wasn’t allowed. This was a challenge when it came to training, every 15 min or so we had to run off the field and into a marquee so that we could rehydrate.
We then moved onto Prague. One of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to with its massive buildings and its long history. We stayed here for around 4 days so we got a chance to see a few places and meet some interesting people. We met the mayor of Prague at the town hall, and also saw the great castle in Prague among other things. Our first match was against Czech Republic at the Slavia Athletic Ground. It was quite a hard field that was surrounded by an athletic ground and an in goal that was only about a metre and a half long, so even though the field was challenging we stepped up for the game, with some new faces such as Clint Eadie and Matt Skilecorn having very impressive performances. We ended up winning the game 94-3 in front of a very vocal 5000 strong crowd.
Romania was our next stop after a bus trip from the capital Bucharest. With there being a suspected case of bird flu in the country, our team doctor banned us from eating any poultry products, so the scrambled eggs at the buffet in the morning weren’t allowed. The majority of the week we ate dry pork, which repeated itself throughout the tour, a massive favourite with the boys especially Josh Holmes who dived into others meals at any chance he got. Our second game of the match was against the Romanian Barbarians at Farul Stadium in Constanta. The Barbarian match was a very physical side with their forward pack sporting a few large players. It took us 15 min to put points on them with Will Hunt going over for a try. We were concerned for our diminutive flyhalf Tim Donnelly when he went down with a suspected Break in the jaw but was later confirmed that he had a torn ear canal. We finished the match with the end score being 31-14.
We then bussed it backed up to the capital of Romania Bucharest where we had a few days to prepare for clash against there national side. With a few injuries in the side and a session that was cancelled due to the weather the day before, we fronted up in Bucharest for a very physical and wet game. The game started out with a clever kick by Sam Norton-Knight to the wing which was scooped up by Shaun Berne to go in for our first try within the first five minutes. With some big hitting and aggressive play from Brett Sheehan the boys rallied together and made an impressive performance in trying conditions. With a total of 28 points for the game Peter Hewat was only 12 points away from equalling Matt Burkes Record for most points in a season. With some Joey Johns like ball handling ability Will Caldwell gracefully slotted a short ball to Peter Playford to go over for a try late in the game. The end score was 58-20 in front of about 2000 screaming Romanians.
We made a short stop over at Athens on the way to our next game in Moscow, so there was an opportunity for the limited time we were here to see a few of the sights and sounds of Athens. As Soon as we checked in our bags at our hotel in Athens, we walked around 10 minutes to see the acropolis. Such an amazing place, we spent over two hours walking around and taking in all the history from our tour guide.
Moscow was our next stop to take on the Russian side at the National stadium. We made a few trips around Moscow to see a few of its sights. Most notably we spent a few good hours around Red square and also saw Kremlin. Also a place that I will not forget, for one the weather there was absolutely freezing and some of us were a little under packed. But the red square is an amazing place, we walked around for many hours amazed at the size and the history the place has to offer. With s few solid team sessions under our belt, we took on the Russian side in front of around 3000 people.
The game started out with the Russians kicking the first points, but this was soon followed by a three tries by our boys. With the game being telecasted to an estimate audience of 30 million people we put a few more tries on before Peter Hewat intercepted the try on half way and went under the posts to set a new record for the most points in a calendar year. The game finished up 47-18 with Aaron Broughton-Rouse having his first win as captain.
We arrived back at Athens before our long trip back home. The awards were handed out with Shaun Berne deservedly getting Top Tourist, Brett Sheehan claiming best back, and Will Caldwell, best forward.
We arrived back home with a few players staying on and the majority of us making the 24 hour trip back. With the trip being over, a few weeks off to recover and have a bit of a holiday is planned before we get back together again to start training.
From: Kerry Robinson