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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 December 2007, 18:28 GMT
Robinson insists he will retire
Jason Robinson
Robinson played in two World Cup finals with England
Jason Robinson says he will not be reversing his decision to retire despite producing a fine display in the Barbarians victory over South Africa.

The 33-year-old had some dazzling runs against the world champions before leaving the Twickenham pitch to a standing ovation on 68 minutes.

"I am just looking forward to spending some time with my wife and children," he told BBC Sport.

"I do have my testimonial but the boots will definitely be locked away."

Robinson had shrugged off the effects of the shoulder injury he suffered playing for England in the World Cup final against South Africa to feature for the Barbarians in his 538th and final competitive fixture in all rugby codes.

I have had so many great times and now I move on to another chapter in my life

Jason Robinson

The game brought down the curtain on a glittering 16-year career and he had the crowd on their feet with some trademark jinking runs as his Barbarians side claimed a famous 22-5 victory.

"We came together this week and had just four days of preparation, that just shows the commitment and the quality of the players we had out there," said Robinson.

"Playing with England, we could not beat them on the summer tour or in the World Cup but today 22 guys came together and gave a massive effort, played some outstanding rugby and came away with a great result.

"A lot of people have been saying why are we having this fixture but everybody that saw it witnessed an outstanding game.

"In the first half there were some great tries and in the second half to defend like that and to keep them out was fantastic."

Robinson made his name in rugby league with Wigan and Great Britain, playing 302 matches and scoring 184 tries, before switching to union with Sale in 2000.

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He scored for the Lions in the first-Test victory over Australia in 2001 and was also included on the tour to New Zealand in 2005.

Robinson touched down in the World Cup final of 2003 as England beat Australia in Sydney and eventually won 51 caps for his country in the 15-man code, captaining the side eight times.

"What a way to end my career," he said. "I played in the World Cup final and today, at the home of English rugby, I had a great send off.

"It was special, you don't play the game for that, but words can't explain how I feel. It's amazing.

"There were a lot of posters and people wishing me all the best for the future. I am thankful that I have been able to make people happy over the years.

"There are a lot of things I will miss. Playing at the highest level, playing with special guys like today. I have been blessed, I have had so many great times and now I move on to another chapter in my life."



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