Beau Robinson (born 15 August 1986, Alice Springs, Northern Territory) is a former Australian rugby union player, now Leadership & Culture Coach. Robinson played for the NSW Waratahs and Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby, and represented Australia making his senior debut in 2011. Robinson was a Flanker however was able to cover multiple positions in the forwards.

Beau Robinson
Beau Robinson.jpg
Birth nameBeau Stanley Robinson
Date of birth (1986-08-15) 15 August 1986 (age 33)
Place of birthAlice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight97 kg (15 st 4 lb)
SchoolSt Stanislaus College
Occupation(s)Rugby Player
Rugby league career
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005 Canterbury Bulldogs ()
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Northern Suburbs
Warringah
Souths
()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007
2013
2014
2015
2016
2016-17
Central Coast Rays
Bay of Plenty
Queensland Country
New South Wales Country Eagles
Harlequins
Doncaster Knights
10
9
5
4
1
8
(25)
(5)
(5)
(0)
(0)
(0)
Correct as of 25 September 2016
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–09
2011–2015
Waratahs
Reds
21
56
(5)
(5)
Correct as of 14 June 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 Australia 1 (0)
Correct as of 17 July 2011

Early LifeEdit

Robinson was born in the Northern Territory and for the first 6 years of his life, he spent it living on Australia's biggest cattle stations. Having a father who is in the Camooweal Drovers Hall of Fame as a mentor and role model, it paved the way for Robinson's known, resilience, perseverance and work ethic.

At the age of 7, together with his parents and brother, they moved to Dubbo, NSW where he was introduced to soccer and cricket.

During his time at St Stanislaus College, Robinson really started to grow his love for team sports and decided to pursue a professional rugby career.

Robinson was selected in the Australian School Boys side, in 2004.[1]

Rugby LeagueEdit

His professional career started with the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL playing in the Jersey Flegg Competition. Despite never seeing Robinson play, Mark Hughes, then Bulldogs' head of recruitment was told to move quickly on signing the Australian Schoolboy and St Stanislaus star.[2]

Rugby UnionEdit

Robinson made his NSW debut against the Brumbies in the 2006 Australian Provincial Championships.

Waratahs 2007-09Edit

He then went on to make his Super 14 debut for the NSW Waratahs against the Sharks in front of approximately 35,000 in Durban on the 9th of February, 2007.[3][4]

In his debut season, he played 9 games, starting 5 times and scoring 1 try.[5]

In 2008, Robinson was part of the NSW Waratahs Super 14 Final team against the Crusaders who were too strong finishing 20-12 in Christchurch.

After being inexplicably released by the Waratahs, and without a Super 14 contract in 2010, Robinson signed an 8 month contract with Italian 3rd tier side, Benevento Gladiators club.[6]

The hope would be that when the new franchise, Melbourne Rebels was introduced into the new Super Rugby competition in 2011, Robinson would have an opportunity to come back and show his worth, with the new franchise in the competition.[7]

Benevento Gladiators 2010Edit

Although signing with the Italian side, Robinson was provided an early release on compassionate grounds after his brother Dan Robinson died suddenly in January, 2010.

Reds 2011-15Edit

Robinson after coming back from Italy, and without a club in 2011 initiated contact with his former coach, Ewen McKenzie who was then coach of the Reds.

Ewen said there might be an opportunity. They'd filled up all their contracts and couldn't even offer an academy contract. However he was encouraged to come up, play club footy and to train full-time with the squad. For all his hard work and effort, he was awarded a 2 year contract.[8]

In his debut season for the Reds, he won the Super Rugby Championship. Unlike his first experience of a Super Rugby Final in 2008, as an unused sub, he was an integral part of the team that won the Super Rugby Final 18-13 against the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium in front of 52,000. And with that, it earnt his senior call up to the Wallabies.

In 2012 & 2013 Robinson and the Reds made it to both qualifiers, however were knocked out respectively by the Sharks and Crusaders.

Robinson faced the British & Irish Lions in front of a packed, 50,000 Suncorp Stadium.[9]

Harlequins F.C. 2016Edit

Robinson was signed with the Harlequins to act as cover for the injured Netani Talei who had picked up an injury from the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[10]

Doncaster Knights 2016-17Edit

Robinson signed a 1 year contract with Doncaster Knights.[11]

Post Rugby, Studies & Leadership & Culture CoachEdit

During his career, Robinson was always conscious of life after Rugby. Two questions he would ask himself, "What will I do at the end of my Rugby career?” and “What would I do if my Rugby career finished tomorrow?” This is where Robinson completed his Bachelors in Business from Griffith University and became a certified Action Business Coach.[12]

Robinson's passion is helping business owners and teams through his experience, skills and knowledge playing at an elite level.

Robinson has taken up the first team coach and Director of Rugby at Dubbo Rugby Club.[13]

Personal LifeEdit

In 2010, while playing in Italy, Robinson's brother Dan had died suddenly whilst visiting on a holiday in London.

A talented sports athlete himself, Dan joined Robinson at St Stanislaus College as a Year 10 student. That same year the pair travelled with 'Stannies' to Japan for a rugby tournament in which Robinson was in Year 12 and captain, while Dan was the youngest player. Dan, following in his other brother's footsteps, represented Australia in the under-19s.

Robinson, while living in Sydney during his time with the Waratahs had shared a flat with Dan and spent a lot of time together as best mates.[14][15] Robinson has a tattoo over his heart in memory of his brother, Dan.[16]

While in Europe, Robinson was told by his brother Dan that he 'is a (expletive) idiot if you don't go back and have a crack'.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Australian Schools Rugby".
  2. ^ Ryan, Steve (9 November 2004). "Robinson Joins Bulldogs". Daily Liberal.
  3. ^ "Two Changes for HSBC Waratahs Shark Encounter".
  4. ^ "Waratahs Sunk by Shark Attack".
  5. ^ "2007 NSW Waratahs Team Statistics".
  6. ^ Geddes, Jon. "Robinson off to Italy".
  7. ^ "The Western Force Supporters Site".
  8. ^ Payten, Iain. "How Beau Robinson went from Waratahs reject to a Super Rugby finalist with the Queensland Reds".
  9. ^ Hamilton, Tom. "From 'garbo' to facing the Lions".
  10. ^ "Harlequins sign Beau Robinson as medical joker".
  11. ^ "Doncaster Knights sign former Australia and Harlequins flanker Beau Robinson".
  12. ^ Fairbairn, Pete. "Straight into action for Beau Robbo on Australian return".
  13. ^ Kenelly, Angus. "Beau Robinson returns home to give back to grassroots rugby".
  14. ^ North, Bill. "Tears for Dan".
  15. ^ Hooper, James. "Robinson will be missed".
  16. ^ Tucker, Jim. "Reds flanker Beau Robinson inspired by dead brother".
  17. ^ Tucker, Jim. "Reds flanker Beau Robinson inspired by dead brother".

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