Game with son veteran’s next goal

Coming through. . . Despite the attempts of Waikiwi players to stop him Albion prop Richard Robinson muscles his way up the field in his 200th game for the club on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Now that he has played 200 games for the Albion Rugby Club, Richard Robinson has one more goal in mind before he retires team his youngest son, Henare, is also playing in.

Robinson clocked up the 200-game milestone in wild, wet and blustery conditions on Saturday, his team going down 13 to 43 to Waikiwi in their Rugby Southland division 1 game at the Gore A&P Showgrounds.

He would keep playing if his body allowed, Robinson said.

“Ultimately, I’d love to have a game with my son [Henare] when he’s old enough, but he’s only 13 now so that’s still five years away.

“That’s my next aim have a game of footy with him in those [Albion] colours.”

Apart from a torn Achilles, he had mostly escaped injury, the 42-year-old said.

Saturday was a “special” occasion.

“I was really humbled by the messages and phone calls over the last week wishing me good luck and congratulating me on it.

“I really enjoyed that.”

There was a good crowd on the sideline despite the inclement weather.

The spectators included family members who had travelled from Dunedin.

Robinson’s father, Roger, played for the club when the family first came to Gore.

Robinson played his schoolboy rugby for Albion and then St Peter’s College.

When he left school in 1998 he returned to the club.

“I’ve been there for a while suppose.”

He was a 100% Albion supporter, Robinson said.

“It’s a family thing really,” he said.

“I never ever thought about playing for any other club in Gore.”

Robinson is on the club committee and this year became club president.

His own children also play for the club.

He said he would have played more games for Albion but in about 2010, the club could no longer field a premier team.

Robinson then left for five years to play for the Woodlands club.

“I was enjoying my footy and playing pretty well, so it was natural to play somewhere else.”

That was in the days before the Eastern Northern Barbarians club had been formed.

While he played prop nowadays, when he started out playing for the seniors he was in the backline, he said.

Later he moved to No 8 and during one season Albion was short of front-row players.

“I put my hand up and I never looked back,” Robinson said.

“I was surprised how much I enjoyed playing there.”