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Saints secure former All Black Robinson

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Northampton's latest recruitment comes as a result of their regular England scrum-half Matt Dawson almost certainly being selected for the England Rugby World Cup squad for the competition which takes place in October, around the same time the Premiership starts.

Robinson, whose last Test for the All Blacks came back in 2001 against Argentina, put in a strong performance for the Blues in last year's Super 12, but was unable to add to his three Test caps.

The feisty half-back has also proved his leadership capabilities by guiding North Harbour to the semi-finals of the NPC two years ago. However, he is currently involved with the New Zealand Warriors Rugby League side, after the Blues chose scrum-half Steve Devine for their Super 12 squad, leaving Robinson unable to secure a contract.

The move also follows close on the heels of Northampton's latest signing, Australian fly-half Shane Drahm, who signed a two-year contract with the club last week after leaving relegated Premiership side Bristol.

Crucially, both Drahm and Robinson will not count towards the overseas player quotas in the Premiership, as Drahm is married to a European, while Robinson has British ancestry.

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