Robbo testimonial shirt goes on sale

Luke Robinson, the Huddersfield Giants hooker/scrum-half and former England international, will officially launch his testimonial shirt on Thursday 2nd June.

The launch will take place at the Giants’ club shop at the John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield from 11am to 2pm. The Giants star and Super League legend will be on hand throughout to talk to fans and also to sign a number of shirts.

The new shirts - which will be worn by players during Luke’s testimonial match in January 2017 - form part of a wider programme of activities and events aimed at celebrating Luke’s impressive career and dedication to rugby league.

After signing for Wigan Warriors at 11, Luke went on to play for the Warriors first team at 17, Castleford Tigers and Salford City Reds before ultimately joining the Giants in 2007. Since then, Luke has made 221 appearances for the Huddersfield club.

As part of his international career, Luke was vice-captain of the first England U18s side to beat Australia U18s in 30 years. He also played for the England first team and was named the team’s ‘Player of the Tour’ during the 2010 Rugby League Four Nations.

Luke was forced into retirement earlier this year at the age of 31 due to hip problems caused by 14 years playing professional rugby league. Continuing to play would place his long-term mobility at risk.

Luke’s testimonial shirt has been designed in claret and gold complete with a glowing heart similar to that of superhero Iron Man. This feature reflects the fact that Luke will always be a Giant at heart and is a humorous reference to the number of injuries he has received.

Not only does Luke have the unenviable claim to fame of being one of the most frequently concussed players in Super League, but his career has also left him with metal plates in his hands, elbow and more recently his hip.

The new shirts are available in adult and children’s sizes ranging from extra small up to XXXL. They are priced at £25 for a child’s shirt and £35 for adults.

Commenting on the launch of the shirts, Luke said: “Being forced into retirement is something no player wants to experience and the prospect of being unable to play a sport I love is devastating. That said, I have every intention of maintaining an active involvement in Super League long into the future and of marking my testimonial year in style. The launch of the new shirts is an important part of that.”

Luke’s testimonial shirts will be available to buy from the Giants club shop following the launch and via the player’s testimonial year website www.robbotestimonial.co.uk 

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Image:                        Luke Robinson Testimonial Shirt.jpg

Caption:                     Marking a career in style. Giants star and Super League legend, Luke Robinson has launched his testimonial shirt.

For more information on this story, contact Wayne Leith at wayne@tpz.uk.com

Notes to editors:

• Luke Robinson signed for Wigan Warriors at 11. After progressing through Wigan’s scholarship and academy systems, he made his debut with the club’s first team in 2002 at the age of 17. In 2003, he was part of Warriors’ team which played in the 2003 Super League Grand Final against Bradford Bulls.

• In 2004, Luke spent two months on loan to Castleford Tigers before being recalled to the Wigan Warriors.

• Luke signed for Salford City Reds in 2005. He was a regular in the first team, playing at scrum-half. During 2005, he scored 11 tries, seven goals and one field goal for the Reds, totaling 59 points. In 2006 he helped the team to their highest ever finish (5th) in the super league and to their first ever play-offs.

• Luke signed for the Huddersfield Giants in September 2007 and has made 221 appearances for the Club. In 2011, he received the Huddersfield Giants ‘Players’ Player’ and ‘Player of the Year’ awards. In 2013, he was part of the Giants’ team to win the ‘League Leaders’shield.

• Highlights from Luke’s international career include being vice-captain of the first England U18s side to beat Australia U18s in 30 years. He also played for the England first team and was named the team’s ‘Player of the Tour’during the 2010 Rugby League Four Nations held in Australia/New Zealand. In 2011, he played for England vs. the Exiles.

• Luke has dedicated his life and his body to rugby league. He has the unenviable claim to fame of being one of the most frequently concussed players in the sport. Hip injuries sustained during his 14 years playing professional level rugby league have also led to the need for a hip replacement at 31 and the need to retire or face losing the ability to walk.

• Luke lives in Huddersfield. He is married to Laura and has three young children – Leo, Blake and Keane.

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