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Robinson reveals suicide attempt

Published 06/04/2015

Jason Robinson celebrates scoring his try for England against Australia during the World Cup final
Jason Robinson celebrates scoring his try for England against Australia during the World Cup final

England World Cup winner Jason Robinson has revealed he once contemplated suicide during a troubled period of his career in which he was arrested for violent offences.

Speaking in the documentary Jason Robinson: Sports Life Stories, which will be broadcast on ITV4 at 10pm on Tuesday, the 40-year-old former dual-code international admitted he had been a heavy drinker during his early days at rugby league club Wigan, which almost led to his downfall .

Robinson, who scored for England in the 2003 World Cup final victory against Australia, said: "I got into a situation where I was drinking sometimes six nights a week.

"Monday it was Wakefield, 10 pence a pint night. Tuesday I would be over to Liverpool, Wednesday it would be Oldham. Thursday it would be Wigan. And after the game we would go out wherever."

However, it was his arrest for affray, assault and criminal damage which left him considering an attempt on his own life and he credits then team-mate and Samoa star Va'aiga Tuigamala with turning things around.

"I can remember I just sat in my bedroom with an old knife, an old meat cleaver," he recalled.

"I didn't want life to go on in this way. That night when I contemplated doing it, I wept like a baby.

"Had it not been for him (Tuigamala), coming into the environment I was in and putting a different slant on it, I certainly wouldn't have the hope that I've got now. And hope is something that people can't take away."

Robinson, who enjoyed immense success before switching codes in 2000, also looks back on England's World Cup win as the pinnacle of his 20-year playing career.

"When you look at the emotion on those players' faces, it was the reality and the relief that we have just won a World Cup," he said.

"And I will never forget that. Jumping on Will Greenwood's back. Hugging Lawrence Dallaglio. All the hard work. Everything we've done has been for this moment.

"Nothing will ever compare to winning the World Cup, and especially in the backyard of Australia."

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