Year 8 and 9 students at St Andrew’s Catholic School in Leatherhead were given an assembly to remember when former international rugby star Jason Robinson came to speak.
Now an ambassador of Coco Fuzion 100*, Jason rose to fame throughout 90s and the pinnacle of his career came in 2003 when he helped England to win the Rugby World Cup.
Growing up in an underprivileged household, Jason was not introduced to Rugby until aged 11 when his sports teacher set up a team at his school. Quickly being given the name ‘Billy the Whizz’, Jason found that he excelled in the sport. After leaving school aged 15, he joined Wigan Rugby League Club. Here, with the influence of his mother, he realised the importance of hard work and determination and after meeting his now lifelong friend, Va’aiga Tuigamala, he saw how much his peers can have a positive influence on his life. Finally, in 1999, after a very successful period at Wigan, Sir Clive Woodward called Jason and asked him to join the England Rugby Union Team. With 4 years of extremely hard work and rigorous training sessions, Jason was chosen for the 2003 World Cup Team. The immense effort that Jason and his team put in meant that they were prepared for every possible situation they could face, allowing him to score a crucial try and ultimately win the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Jason reminisced that ‘all of a sudden all the hardships and the journey I’d been on were worth it as I realised how proud and supported we were at home – especially since it was the first time England had won a World Cup since 1966’.
The overriding message that Jason gave the students of St Andrew’s Catholic School was one of determination. Challenging the children to find a goal and a drive that will push them to achieve their dreams, he uses his story to show that anything is possible as long as you work hard.
How did you feel when you won World Cup.
Pressure to perform but amazingly excited as I was the only Englishman to score try in World Cup.
What advice would you give to anyone wishing to reach highest level.
Find something you like and keep working. Sport is so great for so many things – fitness, confidence & discipline. Be the best you can
If you weren’t a rugby player what would you be.
What was your favourite subject at school
Breaks ! PE & maths.
Who was your biggest inspiration
My Mum and my school teacher who started the school rugby club.
Can the current England team win World Cup.
Yes they have great strength and depth in team. Mental toughness and resilience will be critical though
You were the first mixed race player to captain the England rugby team. How does that make you feel.
Really proud – it’s an important message to strive for diversity in backgrounds. I’m actually half Jamaican & half Scottish.
If there’s one thing that makes you successful what would that be – a positive attitude and to enjoy what you do.
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