Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Robinson aims to go out with a real bang

England star Jason Robinson last night vowed to finish his glittering international career by bagging a second World Cup winner's medal.

The 33-year-old full-back, who hit the heights with rugby league before switching codes to rugby union in 2000, will actually retire for a second time after tomorrow night's World Cup final against South Africa at the Stade de France in Paris

But this time it will be for good. And Robinson, a World Cup winner in 2003, whose tournament looked to be over when he suffered a hamstring injury in the pool stages defeat to the Springboks, wants to go out with a bang.

"Winning a World Cup is the best feeling that you can have in rugby but losing one, and I lost a rugby league world cup in 1995, can be the worst thing in your career," said Robinson.

"I know what it's like to win and to lose in a World Cup final but hopefully I can make it 2-1 on the winning side.

"This will be the last time anyone will see me in an England shirt and I want to make it a special occasion."

Robinson retired from international rugby in 2005 to focus on playing for his club side Sale, but returned to the Test arena in January this year after an SOS call from Brian Ashton.

"The way England were playing at the time, we needed something new and I came in to help that process," he added.

"Hopefully I've added something to the team this year, and we want to go all the way now. We were a bit slow out of the blocks, but when we have needed to win, we have.

"We have proved in the last two weeks that we can beat the best in the world. We need to do that for a third time tomorrow.

"It's plain to see there's been a big turnaround. That's the great thing about the team, they won't accept second best.

"We're not entertaining the thought of losing. We've got to get the job done."

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