Robinson eager for starting role
Wednesday 27 October 2010
Luke Robinson would leap at the chance of starting for England for the first time against Australia on Sunday, but will not complain at being asked to make his contribution from the bench once more.
The England coach, Steve McNamara, has hinted that the Huddersfield half-back might be promoted for the Four Nations match here. Robinson is not counting on that, however. "The important thing for me is being in the team," he said. "I enjoy coming into the game as a sub. I like to think I add some enthusiasm off the bench."
Robinson is used to having to fight for his place. He was under pressure at his club when the Giants signed Danny Brough in mid-season, but lifted his game so that he was impossible to leave out, either in his original scrum-half position or his new role of hooker.
"My view is that I'm glad to see us signing good players, because it's that competition for players that makes you successful," he said.
Both coaches, McNamara and Australia's Tim Sheens, are contemplating changes for the game at the new AAMI Park.
One area England will leave well alone is the second row of the pack. Gareth Ellis and Sam Burgess ply their trade in Australia's NRL, for Wests Tigers and South Sydney respectively. Yesterday, two Kangaroos forwards, Petero Civoniceva and Paul Gallen, called the England pairing the best in the world.
Regular cast member Ste Hay, played by Kieron Richardson, is about to test TV boundaries
Latest in Sport
Fernando Alonso leaves Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel confirmed as Alonso's replacement for 2015 season
Sami Khedira: Arsenal and Chelsea target signs pre-contract with Bayern Munich - reports
Daniel Sturridge injury latest: Brendan Rodgers ready to buy a striker as setback rocks Liverpool
Amir Khan exclusive: 'Manny Pacquiao has been beaten in his last few fights, beating Floyd Mayweather would be massive'
Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet
- 1 Lee Evans announces retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 2 Pirelli calendar 2015: The problem with 'plus-size' models like Candice Huffine
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
G20 summit: Enter Putin. Accompanied by four warships. To the sound of mockery
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
David Cameron 'compares Vladimir Putin’s Russia to Nazi Germany' ahead of tense meeting
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine