Bay of Plenty sign former Wallaby Beau Robinson.
2014 Rugby Almanack “Chronicle of Events” p. 364.
The Bay was excited about the signing, reporting:
“Bay of Plenty have scored a coup ahead of their opening match of the national rugby championship by signing Queensland Reds flanker Beau Robinson.
The blond-headed tearaway will be available for the season opener against Otago in Dunedin on Sunday.
“Robinson, 26, has been a key player in the Reds’ revival and played one test for the Wallabies in 2011.
His arrival bolsters a crucial area for the Steamers whose loose forward department has been hit hard by the defection of Luke Braid to Auckland this year.
With Sam Cane expected to see little provincial action as he backs up Richie McCaw in the All Blacks for the Rugby Championship, the Steamers were lacking experience in their back row with veteran Tanerau Latimer the stalwart.
Robinson’s arrival will certainly add to Bay of Plenty’s competitiveness in the top division of the competition.
Australia’s lack of a national competition makes their second-tier players attractive at this time of year.
Robinson will return to Queensland in October for the start of the Reds’ preseason.”
Robinson made 9 appearances for Bay of Plenty in 2013, starting as open side flanker in five of them. The Rugby Almanack commented “Beau Robinson was an energetic but penalty prone flanker”.
Beau Robinson was just one of 49 OVERSEAS PLAYERS IN NEW ZEALAND FIRST CLASS RUGBY 2013. Most were from the Pacific Islands, and many had not represented their own country or had done so at less than full international level e g Schoolboys, Under 20. A number were New Zealanders who had opted to represent the Pacific Island country their family originated from. A small number were New Zealanders who had qualified for and represented another country e g Murray Williams (Japan) and Josh Sole (Italy).
The biggest “name” amongst the overseas players was Rupeni Caucaunibuca who represented Fiji between 2003 and 2010 in a controversial career.
“Rupeni Caucaunibuca appeared all too briefly for the Blues, just 14 games in 2002-04. But that was enough to prove that here was one of the most gifted wings to ever play the game.
Unfortunately, those talents weren’t always matched by commitment and that was a loss for Fiji and at a cost to his own professional career.
For the Blues, though, he was often phenomenal, with 15 tries in 14 games, including a spectacular hat-trick in 2004 against the Crusaders.
In 2003 ‘Caucau’ lit up the World Cup, almost beating Scotland single-handed. He joined French club Agen in 2005 and was the league’s top try scorer in both 2005 and 2006. He was also awarded France’s Player of the Year award in 2006.”
In 2013 he played a club season for Far North club Awanui but only managed three appearances for Northland, a major disappointment.