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Rugby's Jason Robinson and Brian Ashton honored in queen's New Year list

Rugby's Jason Robinson and Brian Ashton honored in queen's New Year list

Former England rugby captain Jason Robinson and coach Brian Ashton were awarded royal honors Saturday in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year list.
Robinson, who retired after England lost the Rugby World Cup final to South Africa in October, was awarded an OBE, or Order of the British Empire.
A member of England's 2003 World Cup-winning squad, Robinson made a successful switch from rugby league to rugby union.
He played for rugby league club Wigan from 1991-99, making 302 appearances and scoring 184 tries. He also played 12 games for Britain.
He won his first England cap in rugby union as a substitute against Italy in February 2001. The Sale captain led England from 2004-05 and played 51 times for the national team.
"He has contributed so much to both union and league," Ashton said of Robinson. "I am delighted for him. He thoroughly deserves his OBE."
Ashton was given an MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire. He was recently reappointed as England rugby coach on an indefinite contract after guiding his side on a surprising run at the World Cup.
Ashton was England's attack coach before he replaced Andy Robinson in late 2006 after the team lost eight of nine games and dropped to seventh in the world rankings.
"This award is not just for me, but for all who have been involved and helped me throughout my rugby career," Ashton said.
In descending order, the honors are knighthoods, CBE, OBE and MBE. Recipients of knighthoods are addressed as "Sir" or "Dame." Those awarded CBEs, OBEs and MBEs have no title but can put the letters after their names.
Also awarded OBEs were England's former women's cricket team captain Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, sportscaster Des Lynam and Gordon Taylor, who is chief executive of the players' union, the Professional Footballers Association.
Former runner Brendan Foster was awarded a CBE. Foster won the 10,000 meters gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Alberta in 1978, two years after winning bronze at the Montreal Olympics in the same event.
He has also worked as an athletics commentator and founded a popular half marathon called the Great North Run.
Snooker world champion John Higgins was awarded an MBE.


Updated : 2021-04-19 21:03 GMT+08:00