In amongst the bleak cloud that surrounded England’s rugby team on Friday night, there was just one ray of light. Jason Robinson’s heroics at full-back under relentless pressure reminded us of his ability and his character.
Time and again, the ball was hoisted into the Paris sky, England’s supporters held their breath and the smallest man on the field would leap bravely to claim the ball, and his commitment in such adversity prevented England from yielding twice as many points.
Robinson’s lightning-fast feet and ability to always beat at least one man meant that he was a vital part of England’s World Cup-winning side in 2003. His dramatic run against Wales in the quarter-final turned the match, and everyone knows the contribution he made as England’s only tryscorer in the final.
He looked out of place in the drab side that graced the pitch on Friday, and the crowd felt sorry for him for lacking the support that his defiant performance warranted.
Unfortunately, it is symbolic of the world champions’ laughable campaign that their best player is now injured, is set to retire after the World Cup and may not play for his country again.
So here’s to you, Jason Robinson, England loves you more than you will know.