Legend Jason Robinson OBE has been named as an International Ambassador for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
The former Wigan Warriors, Great Britain and England international is a massive name worldwide, having played in a World Cup Final for England in both codes.
He appeared for England RL in the 1995 World Cup Final in a losing effort against Australia, before switching codes to Union and winning the trophy in 2003 against the Aussies.
Robinson, who made over 300 appearances for the Warriors from 1992-2000, was recently appointed Joint Operations Manager with the Jamaican Rugby League – one of the teams that will feature in the 2021 event.
Robinson has been brought on board to help inspire the next generation of rugby league players and help event organisers reach their objectives of increasing the visibility and profile of the sport, as well as ensuring RLWC2021 leaves a positive legacy.
Robinson joins an already strong roster of tournament ambassadors; Kevin Sinfield represents the men’s game, Leeds Rhinos half-back Luke Gale is an ambassador for the Created By legacy programme, St Helens and England star, Jodie Cunningham, is the ambassador for the women’s game and wheelchair rugby league is being promoted by Leeds Rhinos and England player, James Simpson.
Robinson said: “I’m honoured to be asked to be an International Ambassador for Rugby League World Cup 2021, it’s a sport that I owe a great deal of gratitude towards so it’s great to be able to give back in this way.
“I hope we can inspire the next generation of rugby league players and am looking forward to working with the whole team to see what we can achieve.”
Jon Dutton, chief executive of RLWC2021 added: “We’re delighted to welcome Jason on board as an International Ambassador for the tournament.
“He obviously has an incredible pedigree in the sport and huge global appeal. His exploits on the field have inspired generations of rugby players from both codes, across the world.
“We’re determined to leave a lasting legacy with the tournament and we’re confident having Jason on board will help us do that.”