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Reece Robinson
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:39:56 PM »
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Raiders winger in no rush for new deal

CANBERRA winger Reece Robinson may want to extend his stay at the club but will be in no rush to signing a new deal according to his manager.



Off contract at the end of this season, the 24-year-old has expressed his interest in staying in the nation’s capital where he has grown as a player - and as a person.

According to Robinson’s agent Sam Ayoub, while the Raiders have expressed an interest in extending his stay, the winger will take his time having also attracted the attention of other clubs.

“Reece is a player who is improving over the last two years,” Ayoub told sportsnewsfirst.com.au.

“We expect him to keep improving this year and certainly wouldn’t be rushing into anything.”

A former Brisbane Bronco, Robinson joined the Raiders in 2010 on a three-year deal, which expires at the end of this season.

After claiming 2012 would be the season to make his mark on the competition, Robinson revealed he would use his contractual status as motivation to play well and attract a new deal.

Last weekend it was a brilliant try to Robinson helped the Raiders clinch a 16-14 victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs in their final rugby league trial in Wagga Wagga.

Robinson broke the line almost 40 metres out to gift the Raiders a thrilling victory in their final hit-out ensuring big things to come.

“Hopefully this year will be a big year for me and get an extension or another contract,” Robinson said.

“I’m just focusing on this season at the moment and hopefully get a couple of games under my belt and go from there.”

Robinson split his time between fullback and wing during the trials in place of Josh Dugan, an opportunity he relished.

“I love it at fullback you get a lot more involved,” Robinson said.

“Wherever you go the ball goes.

“I’ve been thrown in there a few times, I don’t mind playing fullback.”

Although he has limited experience in the position and enjoyed his time relieving Dugan, he isn’t convinced he has secured the role of understudy should Dugan miss any games due to injury or representative duties.

“There’s a few other boys injured at the moment like Nathan Massey so who knows when he comes back anything can happen,” Robinson said.

Canberra plays their season opener against Melbourne at home on March 3.

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Re: Reece Robinson
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 02:50:31 PM »
INJURY: Robinson to miss four weeks

Canberra Raiders flyer Reece Robinson will miss four weeks of footy after scans revealed a fractured cheekbone.

In an unlucky incident for Robinson the injury occured in the last play of the game, as he attempted to make a break in the dying stages of the match.

Raiders Coach David Furner will now have to choose a replacement for the winger, with Dimitri Pelo and young gun Jack Wighton the leading contenders to take his place.

Wighton is nervously awaiting the results from the match review committee after he was placed on report for a lifting tackle in the Raiders Toyota Cup win.

Other options include shifting Jarrod Croker to the wing and playing Joel Thompson or bringing the likes of Nathan Massey, Sami Sauiluma, or young gun Edrick Lee.

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 02:56:34 PM »
Robinson out for up to 5 weeks

Canberra Raiders winger Reece Robinson could miss as many as five weeks with a depressed fracture of the cheekbone, which will require surgery to insert a metal plate.

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Re: Reece Robinson
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 06:41:20 PM »
Raiders lose Robinson for 4 weeks in NRL
5 March 2012, 4:27 pm

Canberra NRL winger Reece Robinson will be  sidelined for four weeks after scans revealed a fractured  cheekbone.

Robinson was injured in the final play of Saturday night's 24-19  NRL loss to Melbourne when he was tackled by Storm centre Justin  O'Neill.

It's a cruel blow for 24-year-old Robinson, who is in the midst  of negotiations for a new contract with the Raiders.

Rugby union convert Dimitri Pelo and young gun Jack Wighton are  the leading contenders to take his place for Saturday night's match  against Gold Coast at Skilled Park.

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Re: Reece Robinson
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2012, 01:14:29 PM »
Bennett's boy scores two more with Raiders

It took just five words from Wayne Bennett to convince the Canberra Raiders to take a punt on Reece Robinson two years ago - ''he won't let you down''.



And that gamble at the end of 2009 is set to be rewarded today, with the flashy winger expected to sign a two-year extension to keep him at the club until the end of 2014.

After playing 13 matches under Bennett at Brisbane in 2008, Robinson spent the following year in NRL purgatory after the supercoach moved to the Dragons.

But the seven-time premiership winning coach doesn't offer endorsements lightly, and it swayed the Raiders to hand Robinson a lifeline.

Robinson is currently sidelined with a cheekbone injury, and doesn't receive many plaudits as part of a back line featuring stars like Terry Campese and Josh Dugan.

The quiet 24-year-old is the polar opposite of his cousin, the brash and outspoken Anthony Mundine.

Another cousin, Souths flyer Nathan Merritt, was the NRL's leading try-scorer last year and commands far more column inches.

But it's Robinson's reliability and scope for improvement which makes Raiders boss Don Furner believe he's about to make some real noise in coming years.

''The Reece Robinson story is a good story,'' Furner said. ''We rang up Wayne Bennett [at the end of 2009] and he said 'he won't let you down'.

''He said he would have kept him if he stayed at the Broncos and wanted to take him to St George, but they already had heaps of wingers.

''We gave him a very small contract and joined us late, and I remember he was at the back of some really tough sessions down the coast. Everyone was expecting him to go back to Sydney and he showed some ticker then.''

Given the club's current lack of outside back depth, Robinson's retention is a crucial one for Canberra. They held serious discussions with then Wests Tigers utility Mitch Brown, who this week signed with Canterbury.

''There was no doubt there was discussions [with Brown's management] before Christmas, but we didn't get any calls for the last couple of weeks,'' Furner said.

''He was on our radar, but we weren't involved the last couple of weeks. Having said said that [young Raiders outside backs] Haydon Hodge, Jack Wighton, Sami Sauiluma, Edrick Lee - they're the next good batch of kids coming through.

''They haven't been tested up there [at NRL level] and I know Mitch Brown has, but we'll give them a go.''

After the re-signing of star fullback Dugan last week, it means hooker Travis Waddell is the only player who featured in Canberra's round-one loss to Melbourne whose contract expires at the end of this season.

The club intends to monitor Waddell's progress in the early rounds before deciding on his future, while second-rower Sam Mataora, half Mick Picker, and Hodge, Sauiluma and Low headline other players off contract this year.

Source: The SMH

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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2012, 05:10:01 PM »
Raiders secure new deal for Robinson

EXCLUSIVE: HOT on the heels of Josh Dugan’s re-signing, Canberra is set to announce the retention of star winger Reece Robinson.



The 24-year-old has signed a new two-year deal with the Raiders tying him to the nation’s capital until the end of 2014.

Sidelined through injury, Robinson has had minor surgery on his cheekbone and is set for a return in round 6.

A former Brisbane Bronco, Robinson joined the Raiders following a devastating season ending injury in 2008 leaving him without a club until the green machine offered him a life-line.

With 33 first grade games to his name, he made 19 appearances and 10 tries last season keeping Daniel Vidot out of the squad.

The Raiders are expected to make an announcement on his retention as soon as Thursday.

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Re: Reece Robinson
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2012, 06:28:42 PM »
Injury Update

NAME: Reece Robinson
INJURY: Cheekbone
SCHEDULE: Robinson has had minor surgery and will return in round 6.
DUE BACK: Rd 6

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Re: Reece Robinson
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2012, 06:19:57 PM »
Robinson re-signs with Raiders

CANBERRA flyer Reece Robinson has re-signed with the Raiders for a further two seasons.


Raiders star Josh Dugan embraces Reece Robinson after a try

As revealed by sportsnewsfirst.com.au last week, Robinson's new deal will keep him in Canberra until the end of 2014.

Robinson joined the club from the Broncos in 2010 and has fast become a try scoring player for the Green Machine.

Currently out with a fractured cheekbone, Robinson said he’s excited about getting the opportunity to re-sign with the club and said he’s looking forward to getting back on the field and cementing a position in the NRL team.

“The Raiders gave me a good chance to come down here and take my career to the next level so I’m looking forward to continuing that over the next two years,” Robinson said.

“First though I just want to get back on the field and back into the NRL team.

"We’ve got some good depth in the positions I play, so it’s important to make the most of the chances you get.”

Raiders coach David Furner praised Robinson’s professionalism and his hunger to become a better player and said it’s another example of a player coming to Canberra and taking their game to the next level.

“Reece played 19 games for us last season and was one of the first players picked in the NRL team this year before his injury, so you can see how much we value him in our organisation,” Furner said.

“He was given an opportunity to come to Canberra and improve his footy and he’s been able to do that so we’re very excited about re-signing him for two more seasons.

“We’ve seen Bronson Harrison and David Shillington come to the club and improve their games and Reece fits into that mould.”

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Re: Reece Robinson
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2012, 05:36:39 PM »
Robinson keen to try on No.1 jersey

Raiders flyer Reece Robinson says he wants a shot at fullback in Josh Dugan's absence and coach David Furner hasn't completely ruled out giving him the job against the Wests Tigers next Monday night.

Blake Ferguson was yesterday named at fullback to replace Dugan, who will miss up to six weeks with a shoulder injury. But Robinson, who yesterday signed a two-year contract extension with Canberra, will visit his surgeon today and is expected to be given the all-clear to resume full training after recovering from a fractured cheeckbone.

Robinson had a superb pre-season and was being groomed as a fullback replacement if Dugan was unavailable during 2012 because of injury or representative football. But Furner and Robinson said his return was more likely to come against the Cowboys in round five.

"I wouldn't mind throwing my hand up for [fullback] when I get back, it gives you a bit more opportunity with the ball in hand," Robinson said.

Robinson has been sharing his injury frustration with his cousin, Souths fullback Nathan Merritt, who is out with a toe injury after a three-try performance for the Indigenous All Stars.

"My cousin's injured at the moment so he's been frustrated himself, he hasn't played a game himself this year yet," Robinson said. "At the start it gets you a bit down after having a big pre-season, but I'm looking forward to getting back into it."

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Re: Reece Robinson
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2012, 01:00:12 AM »
Reece's lightning recovery gives Raiders a major boost

CANBERRA Raiders flyer Reece Robinson is set to make a surprise comeback against the Wests Tigers tomorrow night, just 23 days after fracturing his cheek in the NRL season-opener.

Robinson is set to be thrust into Josh Dugan's vacant fullback spot, with Blake Ferguson reverting to his customary position on the wing.

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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2012, 05:57:45 PM »
Round 8 Head to Head: Robinson v Wright

When Josh Dugan went down against the Roosters in Round 3, many Raiders fans were left disappointed and wondering who would replace him. Nathan Massey was an option from the NSW Cup, but coach David Furner went with a more left-field option in Reece Robinson. In his debut at the back in Round 4, Robinson tore the Tigers apart, and squashed any fears they had about Dugan’s absence.



The Sharks felt the same fear only a couple of weeks ago when Nathan Gardner injured his knee late in the game against the Dragons. They had a few different possibilities, but coach Shane Flanagan went with former fullback turned centre Matt Wright, and his performance against the Eels in Round 7 showed that he is more than up to the job.

But this week they face each other, with the Sharks on a 5 match winning streak and the Raiders having gone win-loss for the entire season. With some key playmakers missing their jobs are enhanced, and their performances could prove the difference.

Opportunity Arises

Reece Robinson - Scouting Report


Formerly a winger with tremendous finishing skills, Robinson has transformed into a spectacular fullback option for the Raiders. His kick returns have been very good, as has his support play, and he has shown an impressive turn of speed when in open space.

His first game against the Tigers was his most impressive, running for 225m from 18 hit-ups, with 8 tackle breaks and a line break. Watch Robinson split the Tigers from a 20m restart

He followed that up with an equally impressive game against the Warriors at home in Round 6, starting with
some great support play to score a try, before doing it all himself in the second half.

Dugan may be returning soon, but Robinson’s performances at the back are sure to put a second thought into Furner’s mind at the selection table.

Dream Team Scoop:
Robinson has been quite a handy DT pick up with his scores at full-back, increasing in value by $69,800 this season. His 52 against the Tigers and 62 against the Warriors have both been spectacular for those who have him, but it you don’t by now you’ve probably missed the boat. He’s sure to have another price rise this week with a break even of 9, but after that he will level out, and probably shift to the wing when Dugan is back.

Matt Wright - Scouting Report

Debuting as an 18 year old in 2009 at fullback, Wright has slowly settled in first grade over the past few years. He started 2012 on the wing, and performed solidly, but the chance to move to fullback has allowed him to bring another dimension to his game.

His Round 7 performance against the Eels displayed exactly why he is the perfect replacement for Gardner, with good support play, solid kick-returns and great work under the high ball. He grabbed a try off a Todd Carney kick , and followed it up with some great kick-returns throughout the game, one of which broke the line and got the Sharks back on the front foot.

He also showed his good support play in Round 6 against the Dragons, this time from the wing, to record another line break. This kind of play is crucial to the Sharks, with players like Todd Carney, Ben Pomeroy and Colin Best breaking the line consistently.

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Wright’s early season DT form on the wing was quite disappointing, and included a score of just 9 against the Panthers, but his move to fullback has paid dividends for the Sharks fans who are behind him. He scored 51 against the Eels last week, and although this was assisted by a try, his increased involvement in the game meant much more scoring from tackle breaks and metres gained. A price rise last week brought him back to about even for the season, but with negative break evens for the next couple of weeks, now might just be the time to jump on Wright.

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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2012, 03:04:53 PM »
Raiders: Happy 25th Birthday to our evasive fullback Reece Robinson!

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Raiders: Happy 25th Birthday to our evasive fullback Reece Robinson! Send your birthday messages to Reece here!

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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2012, 03:05:27 PM »
Happy Birthday Robbo! Have a good one mate  :great:

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Re: Reece Robinson
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2012, 04:37:52 PM »
Here’s to you Mr. (Reece) Robinson

Through injury and poor form, the Canberra Raiders have had a season they would rather forget. But one journeyman has made every post a winner in 2012.

Reece Robinson continued his impressive form on Monday night with a hat trick of tries to help sink the St. George-Illawarra Dragons.

He has been a Brisbane Bronco, a North Sydney Bear and has even represented Lebanon at international level. But with a bag of tries against the Dragons on Monday night, Robinson may just have found himself a permanent spot in the nation’s capital.

There wasn’t much between the Raiders and the Dragons. If it wasn’t for Robinson, the Dragons would have stolen victory and broken the hoodoo.

Edrick Lee opened the scoring in the ninth minute before the Dragons hit back with a slashing try to Bronx Goodwin in the 23rd.

With the scores locked at six all deep into the first half, Jarrod Croker produced a vital one-on-one steal from former Raider Daniel Vidot. Moments later, Robinson beat three defenders to muscle his way over the line and hand the home side the lead.

Then on the back of a strong Joel Thompson charge, Robinson took the offload and outpaced the covering Dragons to score in the corner. With the click of the fingers, Robinson had stretched Canberra’s lead to ten.

But the Dragons dragged themselves back into the slug fest and took the lead.

In the 51st minute, young St George-Illawarra hooker Mitch Rein took the ball close to the line and fooled everyone when he dummied and went himself.

The cheeky rake had pulled Canberra’s pants down. He would do it again on 67 minutes when he went himself on the last tackle.

Without their superstars and on the wrong end of the scoreboard, Canberra were on the canvas. Someone needed to stand up and punch back.

Little wonder it was Robinson, as he is a relative of Australian boxing champion Anthony Mundine.

With minutes left on the clock, Canberra shifted the ball left and found Robinson out the back. The fullback sliced through the Dragons defensive line with consummate ease to score the winner.

He may not have the skill of Billy Slater or the speed of Ben Barba, but Robinson is making himself a vital cog of this green machine.

“I just thought if we got to a certain position where we’d worked hard on, that we’d get an opportunity to score some points” Raiders coach David Furner said post match. “It was very clever.”

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Re: Reece Robinson
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2012, 07:31:51 PM »
His three tries tore apart St George Illawarra, but Canberra Raiders star Reece Robinson could have been wearing the famous Red V last Monday night - if Wayne Bennett had had his way.



At the request of Robinson's famous cousin, Anthony Mundine, Bennett handed Robinson his first NRL opportunity at the Brisbane Broncos in 2008.

Bennett yesterday revealed only salary cap pressures prevented him from offering Robinson a contract at St George Illawarra when he headed there the following year.

While he undoubtedly retains a soft spot for the Dragons, the Newcastle coach would have allowed himself a smile watching Robinson's match-winning display.

He witnessed first-hand how the 25-year-old has persevered and worked hard for an opportunity to reach his potential.

The Raiders largely have Bennett to thank for the rising star making the capital his home.

"Choc [Mundine] rang me and said he knows a guy down there he reckoned could play, and no-one was giving him an opportunity," Bennett told The Canberra Times.

"He asked if I would take him, and I said 'yeah, Choc, no problems'.

"I took him on his word and Reece was a bloody wonderful young man. I couldn't believe what a good citizen he was in that regard.

"I gave him some chances because I realised he had a bit of talent. Choc wasn't making it up."

Bennett was shocked when the Broncos didn't re-sign Robinson after he left for Wollongong, which forced him to spend a year in NRL purgatory in NSW Cup with North Sydney.

"I was surprised. He was young and I thought he'd take a bit of time ... I rated him very highly," Bennett said.

"I would have taken him to the Dragons - it wouldn't have been an issue - but at the time they couldn't take him because there was a stack of others there - [Brett] Morris, [Jason] Nightingale, Wendell [Sailor], Darius [Boyd] at fullback.

"It was too difficult and I knew I couldn't give him many chances there."

Bennett didn't hesitate in giving him a glowing recommendation when Canberra was on the lookout for outside backs for 2010.

The Raiders signed him on a meagre contract, and the gamble has paid off for both parties in spades.

Bennett has monitored Robinson's progress since and has taken plenty of pleasure from his rise to prominence since replacing injured Josh Dugan at fullback.

"I get elated for him the way he's been playing. I always watch him play and I enjoy seeing him get success and getting the notoriety he has now," Bennett said.

"He was the difference between the two teams [against the Dragons]; how he didn't get man of the match was beyond me.

"He's a football player, he's got great leg speed, tremendous footwork and he knows what's going on out there. He's a good decision maker."

While Robinson could have been a Dragon, he also considered forging a career in rugby union as a teenager.

He admitted his former manager, Wallabies great Glen Ella, was always in his ear about a potential move to the "dark side".

"He [Ella] was always trying to get me to union, but I kept trying league and finally got the opportunity," Robinson said.

"At one stage I got pretty close [to playing rugby union] when I finished school, but I decided to stay.

"I'm glad I got the start here, and I'm just repaying the faith, really."

In two weeks, Raiders coach David Furner will face a dilemma - where does he play Robinson and Dugan when they're both available?

After more than 25 years as an NRL coach, Bennett knows it's a great headache to have.

"You find a place for them," he said. "The coach will work that out.

"The good thing is Reece has reached his potential - that's what I'm happy about."

Source: Illawarra Mercury