Samo and Robinson commit to Reds
July 12, 2011
Robinson has been spectacular for the Reds this season and has committed himself to the franchise for another two years © Getty Images
Reds forwards Radike Samo and Beau Robinson have re-signed with the Super Rugby champions.
No.8 Samo and flanker Robinson, who have both been named in the Wallabies' 40-man squad for the Tri-Nations, will stay in Queensland for a further two years until 2013. The transformation of the pair has been fairly remarkable with Robinson only joining the Reds this season on trial after pleading with coach Ewen McKenzie to give him a chance while Samo has been out of Wallaby contention for the past seven years.
However, both players have been instrumental in the Reds charge to the title and head coach McKenzie was delighted with their renewed commitment to the Queensland side saying: "We came to an agreement with both players midway through the regular season but chose to hold off on officially announcing it to avoid the distraction and to ensure we remained focused solely on winning the Super Rugby competition.
"That has now been accomplished and with their selection for the Wallabies, it's an opportune moment to publicise the good news. Retaining our talent is a major priority that we invest a lot of time in so it's pleasing to see both Beau and Radike recognise the systems we have in place and choose to remain with us in the coming years."
Flanker Robinson admits it has been a surreal season but hopes his side can push on from here and continue their success. "It's a fairytale story and it means a lot to be part of what we've achieved - it's pretty special," Robinson said. "We've got a useful squad and have been able to retain a lot of the boys again, so we have some interesting times ahead."
Samo first played for the Reds in 2010 covering an injury crisis late in the season. His performances in the final two matches were noticed and rewarded by McKenzie with a contract for 2011. "Winning a Super Rugby Final is something you never forget and there are some exciting times ahead for the Reds," Samo said. "It was good to be part of this season and the boys are looking forward to playing together again next year."
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