Axing cut deep for Benn Robinson
September 23, 2013
Benn Robinson has proven his form for Eastwood © www.seiserphotography.com
Recalled Wallabies prop Benn Robinson says being dropped from the squad in August was a massive shock that cut him deeply and took a long time to get over. With the Wallabies scrum under pressure in their first four Rugby Championship games, Robinson was recalled to the squad for Australia's last two fixtures away to South Africa and Argentina.
The 59-Test veteran, a cornerstone and linchpin of the Wallabies scrum for several years, was left out of the squad for the first four Rugby Championship games by new coach Ewen McKenzie. The 29-year-old front rower, who started all three Tests of the British & Irish Lions series under previous coach Robbie Deans, was sent back to club rugby.
"It was a massive shock, a massive disappointment," Robinson said of his axing from the squad. "It took me a long time to get over it. The day after I had to play for [my club] Eastwood, so to get up for that game was tough. It hurt, it cut deep, it cut really deep."
"To be told that you're out of the squad, a squad that I've been involved with for the last nine years is probably one of the hardest conversations I've ever had." Robinson also found himself left out of the New South Wales Waratahs starting lineup for their first Super Rugby match of this season.
"When you are told you are not in the squad, or you've been dropped from the squad, it hurts you deep, it makes you reassess whether you are doing the right things," Robinson said. "It's always an honour and it's always jubilation when you do get the chance to play for your country or for your state, I never lose sight of that fact." Robinson has stayed match fit, playing four games for Eastwood, including the NSW premiership grand final loss to Sydney University.
"Ewen and I had a chat and we spoke about going back and playing club footy and for me going back there, it really showed me how much I loved playing rugby," Robinson said. He has yet to play a match under the new scrum engagement calls which the Wallabies have had problems adjusting to.
"I haven't played, so it would be really hard to comment on, but there's still a lot of collision, there's still a lot of impact, it still relies on having a very strong frame and shape," Robinson said.
Franco Smith will stop down as coach of Benetton Treviso after the next two rounds of the Heineken Cup rather than as expected at the end of the season
Nicklas Bendtner admits it has been difficult for him to have to watch Arsenal's excellent start to the season mostly from the sidelines, but insists he's ready to take his next chance
Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby has handed manager Andre Villas-Boas a glowing endorsement, after he snatched a crucial winner in Wednesday night's clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that Ferrari is the only team that would have the power to veto his successor
Ryan Giggs has told Manchester United they cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves after their demoralising home defeat to manager David Moyes' former club Everton
The WRU recently awarded President's caps to players who took part in Victory internationals in 1945-6 and internationals against overseas sides in the 1960s and 1970s. Why weren't caps given at the time?
With the next 147 maximum break set to be the 100th in the history of snooker, we look back to the quickest made by 'The Rocket', Ronnie O'Sullivan, when he cleared the table in a record five minutes and 20 seconds
It's time for those running Welsh rugby to stop trying to prevent its players heading to France and to start planning a future without them, writes Martin Williamson
Things look like they can't get much worse for David Moyes. However if you fancy Newcastle to pile some fresh misery on Manchester United, you can back them for victory at Old Trafford at 6/1
Ewen McKenzie displayed a glimpse of a slight grin after his Wallabies had defeated Wales, and Greg Growden believes the Moai of Australian rugby is excused his brief moment of frivolity
Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to David Beckham, who will follow his former Manchester United manager into retirement at the end of the season insisting it was the right time for the former England captain to hang up his boots
Aaron Ramsey's scintillating form for Arsenal has caught the attention of Barcelona, with the Catalan club's scouts present at the last four matches the Welshman has played in
Liverpool and Manchester United are ready to snap up Pedro, as the Barcelona star reportedly says he would leave his boyhood club to play in the Premier League
UEFA president Michel Platini has joked that FIFA deliberately pushed back voting on the 2013 Ballon d'Or award to give Cristiano Ronaldo a better chance of winning
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has revealed the club are seriously pursuing the opportunity of having a B side competing in the Football League
FIFA have caused more than their fair share of confusion in announcing the procedure for Friday's World Cup draw, with the mysterious "Pot X" ensuring plenty of head-scratching
Last Saturday in Quebec Tony Bellew from Liverpool was paid well but discovered just how painful it can be to try and win a world title in the champion's backyard
Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner
After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Selected by our panel of ESPN FC experts, 11 star performers, plus a manager, are carefully chosen
ESPNcricinfo previews the third Twenty20 international between Pakistan and England, in Abu Dhabi