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Last Updated: Monday, 2 April 2007, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
Robinson reveals retirement plan
England wing Jason Robinson
Robinson scored for England in their 2003 World Cup final
Sale and England winger Jason Robinson has revealed he will quit club rugby at the end of the season and retire after the World Cup, if selected to play.

Robinson, who joined Sale from rugby league in 2002, has won 43 caps for England, scoring 26 tries, including one in the 2003 World Cup final.

"I've enjoyed my time at Sale but the time has come to move on.

"I want my last Sale game to be at home to say a big thank you to the fans of this great club," said the 32-year-old.

The Sale star originally retired from international rugby in September 2005 before being persuaded to return by new coach Brian Ashton in February 2007.

He scored three tries in England's Six Nations games against Scotland and Italy, before a neck injury ruled him out of the games with Ireland and France, but he returned to score against Wales.


The high point of Robinson's Sale career was helping them land their first Premiership title last season, finishing top after the regular season and beating Leicester in the play-off final.

But this season they have been decimated by injuries and lie a worrying ninth in the Premiership table.

They also failed to get out of the pool stage of the Heineken Cup and were beaten in the EDF Energy Cup semi-finals.

Robinson, who played rugby league for Wigan from 1991-1999, is set to play his final home game for Sale against Bath on 13 April with his final fixture being at Harlequins on 28 April.

The winger won his first England cap in rugby union against Italy in 2001 after making a quick transition following his switch from league.

He scored England's only try in the World Cup final against Australia and went on to captain the team before giving up international rugby.

England travel to South Africa for a two-Test tour in May and June, then have three World Cup warm-up games in August before their opening World Cup game against the USA on 8 September.

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