Fylde winger Jason Robinson ends illustrious career

Jason Robinson
Robinson won 51 international rugby union caps

Former England World Cup winner Jason Robinson has announced his retirement from rugby after one season with National League One club Fylde.

The Leeds-born 36-year-old has also stepped down from his coaching and club ambassador roles at the Woodlands.

"I need a knee operation and I have been thinking about retiring once and for all over the past couple of months," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"After 541 games of competitive rugby, I think the time is right to stop."

Robinson began his career in rugby league with Hunslet and joined Wigan in 1992, but switched codes eight years later after making over 300 appearances to join Sale.

He later became an integral part of the dominant England rugby union side coached by Sir Clive Woodward, scoring a try in the 2003 World Cup final in the extra-time 20-17 victory over Australia in Sydney.

"I have had a fantastic career and a good year with Fylde, especially with the promotion to National League One," Robinson continued.

"But it is the right time to quit while I am ahead.

"When I look back and look at the stats, World Cups, Lions tours and Challenge Cups, I can certainly look back with some fantastic memories.

"I have ticked almost every box there is to tick, so it was a pretty easy decision.

"There are other things for me to do now with my business interests, although I will play a few charity games to keep fit.

"When you have played so long you have still got to have something to keep going at."