Waratahs sign former rugby league star

Date published: October 15 2015

The Waratahs have confirmed the signing of Reece Robinson, who joins the franchise from rugby league on a two-year contract.

Robinson, who played for the Parramatta Eels in the 2015 NRL season, was recruited to add depth to the options for the Waratahs on the wing.

Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson says Robinson will "bring something different" to the squad.

"Reece will add a lot to our squad, we're really pleased to have secured him for the 2016 season onwards," Gibson said.

"He's an excellent finisher, and his versatility across the field and experience in rugby league will definitely bring something different to the team – and to be able to add someone of his quality to our back three depth is a real bonus for us.

"We’ve got proven experience in transitioning league players into the rugby environment and we’re constantly improving this development process, we’re confident that Reece will achieve success with us and look to players like Israel and Sam [Lousi] for guidance along the way."

Robinson will be joining the squad for their pre-season training in November and said he was looking forward to the challenge of switching codes.

"I’m really looking forward to the challenge of returning to rugby union after my time in league," Robinson said.

"I played [union] all through high school, though that was at scrum-half, so hopefully it won't take too long to get back into it.

"I’ve watched a fair bit of the Waratahs over the past few seasons and watching guys like Israel and Kurtley play some exciting footy has been fantastic, I can’t wait to get out there and play with them."