Wallabies and Waratahs prop Benn Robinson turns 29 today. Happy birthday, Benn!
Position: Loosehead prop
Date of Birth: 19/07/1984
Place of Birth: Sydney NSW
Test caps: 59
Super Rugby caps: 108
The 2012 season was a year of milestones for the man known to his team-mates as 'Cat'. He bought up his 100th cap for NSW in the penultimate round against the Brumbies, a feat that saw him become the sixth most capped player in NSW history. He also became the 163rd player to captain the state, leading the side out on ten occasions in place of the injured Rocky Elsom. Remarkably, it was the first time he had captained a side at any level.
Like his state teammate Bernard Foley, Benn grew up in the NSW town of Dural, on the outskirts of Sydney. He attended Glenorie Public School and played his junior rugby for the local Dural Rugby Club. He completed his secondary studies for the Kings School in Parramatta and his form in the Sydney Schools competition saw him represent Australian Schoolboys in 2002.
In 2004, he was invited to tour Argentina with the Waratahs, and made his provincial debut in a 51-22 win against local side Salta. He went on to play every minute of every game in the 2005 U21 World Championships in Argentina.
Robinson made his Waratahs debut in 2006 as a replacement against the Reds. His impressive form in his debut season saw him fast-tracked to national honours, debuting in the Tri-Nations tournament against South Africa in Johannesburg the same year. He has gone on to become a mainstay in the Wallabies squad, and one of the premiere looseheads in international rugby.
Away from rugby, he lives in Alexandria with his girlfriend and his beloved British Bulldog, The Baron. Robinson uses his profile to support a number of community initiatives. He is an ambassador for the Prostate Cancer Foundation as well as the Project Futures charity, an organisation working to stop human trafficking and sexual exploitation. He also working to ensure he is set up for life after rugby, studying a Bachelor of Sport Business from ACPE, although he also has a passion for breeding rare pigs!
With thanks to the Waratahs