|Weight||113kg (17st 11lb)|
Advancing into the England Saxons’ squad was a logical progression for Stourbridge-born George Robson, who captained England U16, appeared for the U18 side. He went on to lead the senior England team to victories over both the South African Barbarians South and North teams in June this year. Educated at Bromsgrove School, he began playing at Old Swinford Hospital School, Stourbridge in a career that has included a month at Natal Sharks Academy in Durban during the summer of 2005.
That year marked his debut for Harlequins in the A League but his first senior competitive game against Coventry on February 18, 2006 was not long delayed. He played off the bench in a 52-12 victory at Twickenham Stoop in the second of 119 appearances that George had accumulated by mid May this year. The first, three months earlier, yielded a try in Harlequins’ friendly against a Samoa XV.
His Premiership experience by the end of 2011-12 spanned 83 matches, 21 of them in the past season and eight in 2010-11 during which helped Harlequins beat Stade Français 19-18 in Amlin Challenge Cup final at the City of Cardiff Stadium. George had also played throughout the final pool match in January that produced a 39-17 win over Bayonne at Twickenham Stoop. It was his 13th game of a season in which he joined clubmates Joe Marler, Ugo Monye and Chris Robshaw in the Saxons squad.
George was called into the party on January 2011 for two matches. He played off the bench in a 45-17 win over Italy A at Worcester and was an unused replacement against Ireland Wolfhounds in Belfast. Last October he signed an extended contract that commits him to Harlequins until the end of the 2014-15 season, a reward for his industry, skill and determination to establish himself as a starting lock at Twickenham Stoop.
Along the way, he won the man of the match at LV=Big Game 3 against London Irish and has become a major personality and leader within the Harlequins’ team. Conor O’Shea, the club’s director of rugby, said: “George is among the most competitive people I have come across. As someone who has grown up in the club, he has ambitions for the coming years to win silverware, not only with us but internationally. We are delighted he has committed to us for the best years of his rugby career and look forward to helping him to achieve his goals.”
Last updated; June 26, 2012