Robbie Russell (rugby union)

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Robert 'Robbie' Russell (born 1 May 1976) is an Australian-born professional rugby union player who played hooker for London Irish and formerly with Saracens. He won 27 caps for Scotland from 1999 to 2005.

Early life[edit]

Russell was brought up on an Australian cattle farm. He was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School.[1] He played domestic rugby for Queensland before moving to Scotland.

Rugby career[edit]

He played for Edinburgh Reivers until 1999, then joined English Premiership Rugby team Saracens F.C. until 2004. He then played for London Irish and played 60 games, scoring seven tries.[2]

He made his debut for Scotland national rugby union team against Romania in Glasgow on 28 August 1999.[3]

He represented Scotland at the World Cup in 2003, but started only one fixture in Australia. He scored Scotland's solitary try during its quarter-final defeat to Australia.[4]

He scored two tries after coming off the bench in a 100–8 victory over Japan at McDiarmid Park in Perth in November 2004.[5]

In 2007, he retired from playing rugby, due to a persistent neck injury.[6]

Post-playing retirement[edit]

In 2012 he started an online freight marketplace called in Australia.[7]


  1. ^ Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN 978-0-646-55807-3.
  2. ^ Edwards, Tim (18 July 2007). "Ex Sarries hooker forced to quit game". Watford Observer. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Rugby Union: Logan leads Scots' revival". The Independent. 29 August 1999. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Australia cruise past Scots". BBC Sport. 8 November 2003. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Scotland 100-8 Japan". BBC Sport. 13 November 2004. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Robbie Russell: Injury 'already affecting me'". BBC. 19 July 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  7. ^ Graham, James. "Truckies embrace digital market". Big Rigs. Retrieved 5 March 2020.