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Robinson honoured as back row set to become latest Cardiff star to represent Barbarians

First Team News | 23rd November 2021

Olly Robinson is honoured to become the latest Cardiff player to represent the Barbarians, as he prepares to take on Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday.

The back row follows in the footsteps of his father, Andy, who featured for the famous invitational outfit on 11 occasions.

There is a rich history between Cardiff and the Baa Baas, with a host of stars turning out for both clubs over the years - from Sir Gareth Edwards and Barry John to Jonah Lomu and Rob Howley.

Fixtures between the sides date back to 1891, with 112 meetings in total, while both clubs are inductees of the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

The star-studded squad for Saturday includes Rugby World Cup winners Steven Kitshoff and Malcolm Marx, Wallabies James O’Connor and Nic White, Argentina’s Olympic star Marcos Moneta as well as Springboks number eight Duane Vermeulen - who is Robinson’s room-mate for the week.

Flanker Robinson is determined to make the most of the Barbarian tradition and is looking forward to facing international opposition at Twickenham.

“I had the invitation to join up with Barbarians and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent such a historic team alongside some of the names that are included,” said Robinson.

"So I got on the phone to Dai to tell him that I’d had the call and I’m extremely grateful to him for supporting me in being able to play on Saturday. It was a bit of a whirlwind week!

“I’ve definitely had plenty of tips from him my father - I think the main ones were to take plenty of paracetamol and drink plenty of water!

“It’s been a brilliant experience so far to rub shoulder with the lads who I’m here with.

“It’s nice to experience something completely different and now I want to take it all in and make the best of it.

“It’s a real honour to be here and it’s awesome.

“It’s an amazing honour and I’m now getting towards the older generation of rugby players, so I can remember growing that Barbarians were your country and a team you wanted to play for.

“To be able to tick that off is awesome and I’m really excited for the opportunity to go out and play this weekend.

“I have had some amazing experiences at Twickenham through following my Dad and I actually made my Premiership debut there as well.

“So it will be incredible to be able to play there once again against an international side in Samoa.”