Welsh Rugby
Robinson refuses to give up on World Cup
ESPNscrum Staff
May 13, 2011
Gloucester's Nicky Robinson slots a kick, Bath v Gloucester, Aviva Premiership, The Rec, Bath, England, October 1, 2010
Nicky Robinson is not ready to call time on his career in England © Getty Images
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Gloucester fly-half Nicky Robinson has not given up hope of representing Wales at September's Rugby World Cup.

The 27-year-old playmaker will spearhead the Cherry and Whites' bid for a place in the Aviva Premiership final on Sunday when they take on Saracens in the play-offs, but despite his strong form Warren Gatland has not been in touch.

Robinson was last capped on Wales' tour to north America in 2009 and has not attracted the interest of the selectors since trading Cardiff Blues for Gloucester later that year.

"I would love to be involved in a World Cup - I don't think there is a player out there who wouldn't," Robinson said. "I haven't played in a World Cup yet, and it would be a dream for me to be involved. I keep training hard and pushing myself to be as good as I can.

"I have had no contact whatsoever [with the Wales management], which is probably not great, but I keep hoping that if I am playing well enough then I will get a sniff. It is, though, out of my control. I am enjoying my rugby and for me, that is really important.

"As an outside-half, you have got quite a key role to play in games, so if you are successful as a team then it has probably got something to do with the No.10 playing half-decent. All I can ask of myself is I keeping working hard and trying to improve myself, and if someone thinks that is good enough to get an international call-up, that's great."

Next season Robinson will turn out for Wasps, admitting that he is not ready to return to Wales just yet. "I have really enjoyed every minute at Gloucester," he said. "It's the mental intensity of the Premiership, rather than the physicality, that week in, week out of competition. Every game is a must-win, and I have enjoyed that intensity.

"It's a tough competition, a competition where you can really test yourself. You know you have to perform week in, week out, and my game has adapted and changed for the better. You are playing in front of some really big crowds against top teams and top players, which is why I wanted to stay in England and keep playing.

"I've only been in England for a couple of years, which is too short a time for me to look to go back [to Wales]. I enjoy playing in the Premiership, I want to keep testing myself."

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