Kiwi reaches landmark of 400 games for Ramblers

FEW sportsmen reach the landmark of 400 games for their local club – especially in the rough-and-tumble of rugby.

But it’s a feat Greg Robinson is sharing with his Buckfastleigh Ramblers team-mates after running out against Totnes last weekend.

In fact, given the fact that records were often sparsely kept in the early days of the 25 years since the Ramblers reformed, Robinson may well have played more than 400 times for his beloved club.

The New Zealander joined the club in 1999 when his interest in dairy farming brought him and his brother, Robbie, to the town to work.

Back home he also turned out for Te Kawau and Manwata Province, near Palmerston North, and he reckons that he first picked up the oval ball and ran with it as a toddler, aged just three.

When Robbie returned home, Greg stayed, joining Celtic Rock Services Ltd to work on drilling rigs and piling.

He also married a local girl and now has a 16-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son. His love for Ramblers stemmed fromtheir development as a family club and he admits that he was seldom tempted to play his rugby elsewhere.

Now 38, he no longer plays at scrum-half but even in his full-back, fly-half or centre roles he’s been known to cross the line, chalking up more than 250 tries in his time with the club.

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