Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Our Travolta's Ready for Final Dancing Feat; Saturday Night Fever: Jason Robinson Tears through the France Defence as England Dug Deep to Shock the Hosts in Their Semi-Final Clash

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Our Travolta's Ready for Final Dancing Feat; Saturday Night Fever: Jason Robinson Tears through the France Defence as England Dug Deep to Shock the Hosts in Their Semi-Final Clash

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

JASON ROBINSON, England's answer to John Travolta, has one more routineto perform before he steps off the rugby stage to start a new life away fromthe sport.

Before he goes, Robinson must listen to a host of team-mates and opponentsrightly acclaim the 34-year-old as a true sporting legend, the most successfulrugby league star to ever cross over into the union game.

The latest tribute came from Josh Lewsey, whose torn hamstring has robbed theLondon Wasps wing of a place alongside Robinson in Saturday's World Cup Finalagainst South Africa.

The pair have travelled the same union road for four years, helping England winthe Webb Ellis Trophy in Australia in 2003, but Lewsey is now consigned to thestands where Robinson limped to just four weeks ago.

Robinson's hamstring strain suffered in the 36-0 pool defeat by South Africaturned out to be a minor complaint compared to Lewsey's tear, which ensures hewill be out of action for more than a month after being forced off during thesemi-final victory over France.

Lewsey (below) is coming to terms with his fate and hopes to witness Robinsonunleash another of his magical running moments to help England become the firstteam to successfully defend the trophy.

He said: "Jason is unique and he is like John Travolta with those dancing feet.

"He has been the most successful player to ever cross the rugby codes and hisrunning always makes him dangerous and a threat. I really hope he does it againfor the team in the final."

Robinson has been using his clever footwork to avoid drawing too much attentionon what will be his farewell appearance in a truly competitive match. He isturning out for the Barbarians against the Springboks before the end of theyear, although that is a festival game and a million miles from the intensityof Saturday's final. …

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