Robinson forced into early retirement

Date published: June 7 2016

Wallabies and Waratahs prop Benn Robinson announced, on Tuesday, that he will be forced to retire following a serious eye injury.

Robinson is the most capped Waratahs player of all time and is the second-most capped Wallabies prop, behind James Slipper, and will leave behind a great history.

The Waratahs veteran last played for the Wallabies in 2014, against England at Twickenham.

Robinson has made his way back from a long list of injuries through his career, but ultimately a poke to the eye against the Brumbies was the final straw.

Initially not thought to be a major concern, Robinson sought medical advice and was told, pulling curtains on his career.

He will leave a significant legacy at the Waratahs after 148 caps with the 2014 Super Rugby champions, having mentored the next generation of props, and maintaining a critical role in their scrum against adversity this season.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, who also coached the 31-year-old prop at the Waratahs, said Robinson had left a mark for emerging props to aspire towards.

"Every player who has the honour of playing for the Wallabies has a responsibility to leave their own special mark on the jersey for the next generation to shape and build on, which Benn has certainly done," Cheika said.

"He should be incredibly proud of what he achieved in his career, and excited about what lies ahead."