Robinson gone too?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 23 Jun 2014 at 09:57
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According to French media reports, Sharks under 21 fullback Sean Robinson has opted to further his career with Racing Metro in Paris.

Robinson was plucked from obscurity as a 20-year-old to play Super Rugby by John Plumtree during the height of last year’s injury crisis; like so many other young players, though, he was summarily discarded after a few games, despite looking no worse than many other players at the time.

His start has continues to wane, though – he played no part in this year’s Vodacom Cup campaign after spending the end of 2013 with the under 21 side, rather than the Currie Cup team. The decision to cut his losses and chase the French bucks is thus not particularly strange.

That said, Robinson now becomes the second highly-rated junior (after Allan Dell) to opt to head abroad before even establishing himself as a senior player; a worrying trend indeed. To my mind, it’s less concerning when an older player who has already paid his dues opts to go abroad then when the cream of the union’s young talent does the same thing.

Whatever the motivation, though, we wish Robbie well for the future.


  • Asking because I don’t know. Did Sean have the speed to play wing at SR level? Have seen far too little of him to know how much of a loss this is.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.06.14 10:45:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : I don’t know. I think so, but then again, he’s not really done much to convince me that he’s the real deal. Sean was a coup for us because he played SA Schools and we plucked him out from under the Bulls’ noses. But he’s got so much competition at wing/fullback for the Sharks

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.06.14 10:51:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • The young age that players are leaving is a concern.

    Paul Willemse is a big loss for the Bulls.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.06.14 11:28:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Thanks. He still young though, he might as well pick up some game time and get paid well for it. There’s always the chance he could return to the Sharks an improved and more well-rounded player.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.06.14 12:11:18 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I watched Sean play for Collegian’s against Rovers the other day,jee he has got massive,his legs are huge and thus his pace has suffered, sadly.The u21’s will miss him

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.06.14 12:15:11 by bobby 26 Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Yes but that is what you get by bringing oupas out of retirement, the future goes looking elsewhere!

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.06.14 12:26:57 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Are there actually any French Rugby Players left in France?

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.06.14 12:36:53 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 7) : Byron, you see how badly France is playing lately? France has followed in the footsteps of English Football. England has the Strongest Football league in the world but it is filled with players that cannot play for their National side so once England has to play an international game they cannot compete. The same has happened to France, Strong Heineken teams etc but mostly South African/NZ/Ozzie/Argies players so National side is floundering. I hear though, that France is considering quotas on Foreign players.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.06.14 12:40:21 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : defenitly the pace maybe not the skill yet, he was a sa schools 200/400m champion. Used to play fullback for waterkloof.

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.06.14 13:06:53 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 9) : Much appreciated. Well best of luck to him at Racing Metro. Wish him well!

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.06.14 13:10:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • This is exactly what made me come to loathe Plumtree!!!

    Inconsistent displays, changing of tactics every game, poor selections, etc was one thing but his treatment of the young players was abysmal and that is why we never actually improved with Plum…no player is going to enjoy playing in that environment.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.06.14 13:47:48 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 11) : Or you could look at it as Plumtree actually giving the lad a chance which he unfortunatley could not take.

    Also he is moving on 2 coaches after Plumtree, much like many of the other players that are moving on, doing it well after Plum has moved on.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.06.14 13:56:57 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Unfortunately in the case of players like Sean, we so badly want these players to succeed in our team, yet only a handful can really make it with the team. You will always find some that totally disappear of the radar, some that become superstars for their team and some that has to move away, only for them to then only make a name for themselves. Then you also get the rare cases of players like Lewies, who most people think will never really reach the top, yet they burst on the scene and forces everyone to take notice of them.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.06.14 15:42:18 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 12) : but much like Gaffie du Toit he was thrown into the deep end to early and the “chance” they got did not make them it broke them. Some guys can play Super rugby and international rugby at 18 others can’t handle the pressure and loses all self confidence and never recovers.

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.06.14 22:12:11 by JD Reply
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  • I think it’s a pity he’s leaving, he did not look bad at all just lacked a bit of confidence but with the right coaching that could have been sorted.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.06.14 22:14:12 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 14) : So if the player makes it the coach is a visionary and if the player doesnt make it then the coach is a fool.

    A coach is not going to select a player that doesnt show him something on the training field that gives him the idea that the player will be able to make it. And who knows if Sean didnt first come to the notice of Racing due to those few minutes of exposure that he did get under Plum.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.06.14 08:20:39 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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