A combination of brains and brawn sums up 23-year-old Sean Robinson, Rotherham’s new second row forward who can be confident of making his Championship debut after the season starts in five weeks.
With a degree in physics from Durham University, Robinson – on a season loan from Premiership club Newcastle Falcons – has all the qualities needed to be a success in the Championship.
Six feet tall and weighing 18 stones, Robinson – who represented the England Students XV earlier this year against Portugal, French Universities and Welsh Universities – understands the importance of his move to Clifton Lane.
“When Dean Richards, the Newcastle boss, signed me and said I’d be going to Rotherham for a season, I was really pleased because it would be an opportunity to get game-time at a high level,” Robinson said.
“I have no experience of playing in the Championship but I know it will be a high standard for the simple reason our pre-season training has been of a high standard.
“So this is definitely a step-up for me and what I like about Rotherham is that the club has an old school feel about it. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and I like the closeness to the fans which we saw at a club event the other weekend.
“Coming from Worcester, I’m looking forward most to the games against Worcester Warriors in October and February. Rotherham and Worcester are great rivals and I know that Rotherham are not too keen on them.
“I’d love to get one up on Worcester and because they are in the same league that acts as an extra incentive for me.
“I’ve found the pre-season training tough and I feel I’m making progress and developing, but I’m taking nothing for granted. Everyone has to work hard for a place in the side.”
“Our coach Lee Blackett has an open door policy, so you can speak to him a lot and he’s made it clear that he likes to play a high tempo game.”
Robinson, alongside scrum half Andy Davies, centre Chris Harris and flanker Ben Morris, joins Rotherham as part of the mutually beneficial links established with Newcastle Falcons.
The Premiership club are keen for their promising younger players to experience competitive rugby by playing regularly in the Championship and the British and Irish Cup.
Robinson doesn’t have long to wait until he wears a Rotherham shirt for the first time-the pre-season game a week on Saturday against Premiership champions Northampton Saints.