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Metro Profile - Robbie Timo

20 May 2010

Robbie TimoRobbie Timo is the bloke you want to speak to if you have questions about any position on the rugby field.

The Sumner front-rower, who played his 300th match for his club last weekend against Shirley, started his senior career on the wing and has worked his way into the forward pack, culminating in becoming a prop.

“I now know what the props meant when they used to talk to me about what goes on in the depths of the scrum,” the durable almost 41-year-old laughs.

Robbie actually began his career with Albion, turning out for their senior side in 1988. After a short stint with New Brighton, he began playing for Sumner.

“I started playing for Sumner because friends of mine brought a house just down from the club and because I didn’t have a car in those days, I figured it was too far to travel across to Brighton for training.”

It was an association that has continued to prosper, just as the club has itself prospered. “One of the great things about being a part of this club is seeing the way it has grown and developed. It’s been inspirational.”

When it was decided that Sumner would be in Division 1 this season Robbie had to make a call about whether he would continue playing senior rugby. “Being a teacher, I had six weeks off at Christmas and I was able to have a good pre-season and get my body in shape. I thought I would give it a go.”

Robbie made the Division 1 squad and has started every competition game so far this season. “The thing is even at my age I am continuing to learn about my position. It is one of the reasons I have lasted so long.”

Robbie says that there have been a number of factors that have kept in the game. “The friendships that I have developed both within the Sumner club and other teams has been tremendous.

“Take for example my relationship with New Brighton prop Nick McMullan (profiled right). We are of similar age and we enjoy catching up at the Centurions dinner each year and discussing rugby. In rugby you develop friendships for life and that is priceless.”

Robbie says he has also enjoyed the work ethic involved in rugby. “I talk about this with the class I teach. Things like setting goals and the enjoyment that you get in reaching them. Virtues of life really.”

Robbie hints that this may be his last season of Division 1 rugby. He will gravitate to the Sharks, Sumner’s Division 6 side, and then to coaching.

“I spent three years learning about coaching at University and so it would be good to put into practice what I have learned in theory. Rugby is in the blood.”


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