At the start of 2011, Beau Robinson was pouring beers at the Irish Heart in Goodna. Switch forward to this afternoon when he will play for the Reds in front of a sell-out crowd at Suncorp Stadium in the Super Rugby Grand Final. What a difference 6 months makes!
Taking a massive risk, Beau moved to Queensland in search of a Super Rugby contract. The gamble certainly paid off, as he is now considered to be a crucial part of the Reds side.
With only hours to go before kick off, Beau talks about all things rugby!
Name: Beau Robinson
Super Rugby Team: Reds
Representative: Still to come…
How has the prep been for the team this week?
Pretty stock standard really, going through the same routine as all season, which is good.
There has been a lot of talk about the match up with Richie McCaw, how are you preparing for it?
Just because it’s finals week, doesn’t mean you want to change everything that’s worked for you all year. I haven’t been doing anything different, just going through the usual reviews and analysis.
What the team environment like at the Reds?
We are all around the same age group and being such a young team you are just a lot closer. Not a lot of the boys are married or have kids so we quite enjoy going out with each other and we enjoy each others company.
How would you rate 2011 so far?
It’s exceeded my personal expectations! Life is always good when you are winning and it’s been unreal to be a part of it!
I quite enjoy the support the Queensland people have been giving us. It’s just phenomenal how the Queensland fans have been enjoying our rugby!
How is Ewen McKenzie (Link) as a coach?
He’s pretty cool, calm and collected. He prioritises reviewing teams and analysing them so that no matter what team we come up against we feel as though we will have a suitable game plan to beat whoever our opponents are. Again we will have a lot of confidence for the weekend knowing that if we stick to our game plan we can beat the Crusaders.
Do you think we will see Link smile on Saturday night?
I reckon you might get a bit of a grin if we win!
Who do you think has been the best player for the Reds this season?
It would be rude to label just one player, obviously we know what Quade and Will Genia can do, to give them all the accolades would be unfair on the players especially the tight five who have done so much work this year. You can’t underestimate the role of the tight five in allowing them to perform and showcase all their skills. So players like James Slipper and Ben Daley, Saia Faingaa, James Horwill and Rob Simmons, without them doing their job really well, you don’t get to see the best of Quade Cooper and co.
There’s has been a lot of talk about you being selected in the upcoming Wallabies squad, have you been thinking about that?
I’m solely focused on this game and am not thinking ahead past this Saturday.
How/Why did you start playing rugby?
I did some ligament damage when I was a really mad Soccer player. Then I grew up and had a bit too much testosterone and couldn’t really get rid of it playing soccer. I needed something that had a bit more contact and a bit more aggression.
Who has been the greatest influence on your career?
I have been fortunate and not just in rugby. Growing up I had cricket and soccer coaches that have been quite influential and taught me not only to play the respective sports, but also how to go about holding myself and good sportsmanship.
Also, my Father has been a great influence.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
This weekend would be up there! Playing for my school was also great!
What has been your biggest disappointment?
You couldn’t put it on one thing. But it would probably be the period of 2009-2010 when I was playing club rugby.
Who is the toughest player you played against?
So many, Schalk Burger is pretty tough!!
What is your favourite stadium to play in?
Suncorp would easily be the best stadium in Australia. I quite also enjoy playing at Newlands in Cape Town.
Will you be joining Twitter like the rest of your teammates?
No not anytime soon, I don’t even know how it works.
Will you be keeping your trademark flowing blonde mane?
Don’t know, just playing it by ear.
I personally think Beau’s hair rocks, but what do you think?