Robinson explains that he wishes sevens had been a viable career option for elite rugby players ten or 15 years ago, as his style of evasive, fast-twitch rugby is custom-built for the game of sevens – his game was all about “explosive power” and “one-on-ones”, he says.
It took a lot of hard work and training to improve this side of his game – something that meant staying behind and doing extra drills and taking on extra conditioning session. But he can see the same work ethic in several stars of the HSBC Sevens World Series. In particular, he can see that dedication in two stars of the USA sevens side, having done some training with American speedsters Carlin Isles and Perry Baker.
However, he continues on his admiration for these athletes, saying: “What these guys are capable of doing, I really would have struggled with. I have the utmost respect for what they do at this level.”
With two legs left of the HSBC Sevens World Series, in Paris and London, and then preparations for the Olympics in Rio in August kicking off, there will be plenty of opportunity to keep track of the fastest players in sevens.