Three months after being released as Sale’s head coach, Jason Robinson has made the shock decision to come out of playing retirement for Fylde, in the fourth tier of English rugby.
The World Cup-winning full back-cum-wing, 36 on Friday, has agreed to sign for the Lancashire club who are based in Lytham St Annes and compete in National League Two North – three divisions below the Aviva Premiership.
Robinson’s last competitive appearance was in the 2007 World Cup final against South Africa at the Stade de France in Paris.
His next will be against Hull Ionians at their home ground, Brantingham Park, on September 4.
While his decision has come out of the blue, the former Great Britain rugby league star had retained his enthusiasm for the game.
During a turbulent stint as Sale’s head coach last season – when the club narrowly avoided relegation from the Premiership – Robinson always took an active part in training and kept himself fit.
It is a stunning coup for Fylde and one that will reunite Robinson with Brian Ashton, who guided England to the World Cup final in 2007 and recently agreed to return to his former club as a coaching consultant.
Fylde’s director of rugby, Mark Nelson, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted we have signed Jason for next season. Given his record in both codes of the game, it’s not an exaggeration to say he is the best ever rugby player.’
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