Prolific NRL try-scorer Reece Robinson has jumped codes, signing a two-year deal with Super Rugby’s NSW Waratahs.
The 28-year-old fullback-winger admitted he’d been excited watching Wallabies fullback Israel Folau’s highly successful transition to rugby union with the Waratahs in recent years.
After NRL stints with Brisbane, Canberra and Parramatta, yielding 57 tries in 116 first-grade appearances, Robinson returns to the code he played in his youth.
“I played (union) all through high school, though that was at scrum-half, so hopefully it won’t take too long to get back into it,” said Robinson.
“I’ve watched a fair bit of the Waratahs over the past few seasons and watching guys like Israel and Kurtley (Beale) play some exciting footy has been fantastic.
“I can’t wait to get out there and play with them.”
New Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson believed the speedster had plenty to offer his squad.
“He’s an excellent finisher, and his versatility across the field and experience in rugby league will definitely bring something different to the team,” said Gibson.
“To be able to add someone of his quality to our back-three depth is a real bonus for us.”
“We’ve got proven experience in transitioning league players into the rugby environment and we’re constantly improving this development process. We’re confident that Reece will achieve success with us and look to players like Israel and Sam (Lousi) for guidance along the way.”
Robinson will begin his pre-season with the Waratahs in mid-November.