He was flagged as one of “Dubbo’s brightest young rugby prospects”, and in 2016, NSW Waratahs debutant prop more than lived up to that calling.
One of ten players to make his debut for the Tahs last year, it became a fairytale breakout year for the the 22-year-old.
It started with a maiden try in his inaugural Super Rugby appearance in round four against the Highlanders after replacing Angus Ta’avao at the 64th minute. He went on to become a regular for his home state, featuring in 12 more matches in his opening season.
Joining his NSW counterparts in the Country Eagles, the former Sydney Stars representative continued to shine on the park, so much so that he was acknowledged with a call up to international level, just four months after his first Super Rugby appearance. Robertson joined the Wallabies training squad ahead of The Rugby Championship just days after signing with the NSW Waratahs for a further two seasons.
His Test debut came soon after in the Wallabies’ match against Argentina in Perth, his form earning him a total of seven Test appearances for his country in 2016, including one Bledisloe and Spring Tour matches.
Robertson managed to juggle his fast-tracked rugby career whilst studying a full-time medical degree at Sydney University after completing his Bachelor of Medical Science (majoring in Physiology and Pharmacology) in 2015.
The former number eight turned prop has played rugby since the under 8s for the Dubbo Roos, where he also played league.
Robertson was selected in the ARU’s Junior Gold Cup program in 2009 before being called upon to represent as an Australian Schoolboy in 2012 and was part of the side that notched a historic 16-14 win over New Zealand Schools in 2013.
A member of the NSW Under 20s, Robertson was also a representative of the Australian Under 20s in 2014, which saw NSW players make up approximately half of the team, together with his Tahs’ Andrew Kellaway, and Jack Demspey.
In the 2015 Buildcorp NRC, as part of the Sydney Stars, he held the leading try-scoring spot as a prop, proving his worth as a Super Rugby contender.
Last updated: 9/01/2017