Women's rugby union star Emily Robinson on creating opportunities through sport and study

by frank-stuart

With the launch of the Women’s National XVs competition, the Super W, and selection (fingers crossed) in the coming months for Emily Robinson, it’s no surprise that her mind is not 100 per cent on her studies.

“I’m not the best student,” Emily confessed. “I really want to finish my Bachelor of Health and Movement but rugby is my top priority right now. You’re in constant selection mode and always training hard to win.”

Seven years might be a long time to keep studying, but Emily fits her course around her sporting commitments and paid employment. “ACPE has been very good at keeping me on track – they provide a great service to elite athletes,” she said. “It’s reassuring to know that once I’ve stopped playing, I’ll have my degree behind me.”

Living on Sydney’s northern beaches, Emily played rugby union with the Narrabeen Tigers Junior Rugby Club between the ages of 9 and 13, when she stopped because girls didn’t play past this age. Determined to have a future in the game, she got back into rugby with the Warringah Rats open women’s team at 15 years old. Since then, she’s captained the side to Grand Final victory in 2017.

In 2016, Emily made her Wallaroos debut. “It was in New Zealand at Eden Park and it felt amazing to be standing on the field, singing the national anthem in front of my parents, brother and best friend,” she said.

Emily loves the rugby team environment, being around the girls and travelling the world. She also loves the physicality of the game. “I’m a loose head prop, where the hard work gets done.”

Keen to share her skills and enthusiasm, Emily works as a Development Officer for the NSW Waratahs. She liaises with schools and clubs to help coordinate clinics and junior teams. She also coaches at clinics.

“The girls get really excited to see that you can still play rugby when you grow up,” Emily said. “It’s great to see them have the opportunity to play.”

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