Robinson return set to boost Wallabies
July 14, 2010
Benn Robinson will return to action with Eastwood on Saturday © Getty Images
Benn Robinson is hoping to give Australia a major fillip prior to their Tri-Nations showdown with South Africa on July 24 as he prepares for a long-awaited return to action.
The Waratahs loose-head has played an active part in training this week after recovering from a fractured forearm sustained while on Super 14 duty in May. Robinson was sorely missed during the Wallabies' June Tests, when their rookie front-row was put to the sword by England in Perth.
He will turn out for Eastwood in a Shute Shield match on Saturday, going up against West Harbour's former Wallaby prop, Rodney Blake.
"I think I'm playing against Rodney Blake," he told AAP. "He's around 135 kilos, so it's going to be a big test for me, coming back to scrummaging."
Nevertheless, Robinson has confidence in his arm after he and hooker Stephen Moore, just back from a broken jaw, were treated to plenty of rough and tumble during training with the Wallabies.
"This week is a real tester for us, he [Moore] has got a few knocks on the jaw already and I've got a fair whack on my arm," Robinson said. "It's just about getting confidence back in your arm and you achieve that through a few bumps and bruises."
Jim Mallinder and Justin Burnell were sat on the same top table, but in different circumstances. Tom Hamilton reports on the Aviva Premiership season launch
Tom Hamilton reports back from the launch of the Guinness PRO12 where there is a renewed sense of optimism with all of the off-field changes to the league
So much for the great Australian revival, writes Greg Growden. It now has the potential of going off the rails after the capitulation at Eden Park
The latest Week in Pictures takes in photographs from the Rugby Championship, the Top 14 and the southern hemisphere domestic scene