Robinson snubs Rebels

Benn Robinson has rejected a lucrative offer from the Melbourne Rebels and will stay with the Waratahs next season.

Robinson contract ended after the Super 14 and the Rebels were on hot pursuit for his signature. The Wallabies loosehead prop delayed contract extensions with the Tahs and it seemed he would go for lucrative move to Melbourne.

However, Robinson ended speculation on Thursday as he announced that he will remain in Sydney.

‘Whenever your contract is up you have a bit of a look at what is out there and obviously 2011 is a pretty big season, but at the end of the day in terms of footy there’s no where I’d rather be than at NSW,’ Robinson told smh.com.au.

‘This Waratahs team has a really strong culture and I think in 2010 we started to show a lot of belief in our game. That’s only going to improve next year with most of the squad staying on and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.’

Robinson is currently sidelined with a broken arm and is only set to return during the Tri-Nations in July.

However, he knows he will have to earn a starting place as Ben Alexander and Ben Daley, who will feature for the Wallabies in the June Test series, are both fighting to be first choice this season.

‘I know now that when I come back there’s going to be guys in the Wallabies squad keen to keep me out and I’ll have to win back my place there,’ said Robinson.