Gloucester's Nicky Robinson wants Wales fly-half recall

Nicky Robinson
Fly-half Nicky Robinson has made 13 Wales apperances

Gloucester's Wasps bound fly-half Nicky Robinson is targeting a Wales recall after a two-year absence.

Robinson, 29, won the last of his 13 Wales caps against the United States in June 2009, having already announced his decision to join Gloucester from Cardiff Blues.

"I still want to play international rugby," he said.

Wales attack coach Robert Howley added Robinson remains in the selectors' minds ahead of the 2011 World Cup.

The tournament takes place in New Zealand from 9 September until 23 October.

Robinson helped Gloucester lift the LV= Cup in March, kicking 14 points in a 34-7 win over Newcastle, having recovered from a bout of poor form in November and December.

That Anglo Welsh Cup triumph was one of 12 Gloucester wins in 13 games since their Premiership defeat at Leeds on New Year's Day.

Howley commented: "I watched the Newcastle game in the LV= [Cup] final. We're very mindful of Nicky's strengths.

"In Rugby World Cup year we have to keep all out options open in terms of talent and the talent which has been playing in England."

Robinson would have to oust incumbent James Hook and veteran Stephen Jones, 33, from Wales boss Warren Gatland's pecking order to reclaim the number 10 jersey.

He also has competition from Hook's fellow Osprey Dan Biggar and Jones's Scarlets' rival Rhys Priestland, the latter having beaten Biggar to a 2011 Six Nations squad place.

What is more, Wales have made in clear they prefer to select home-based players even if recent events have seen that policy questioned.

But none of that deters Robinson, who will be coached by Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards at Wasps next season.

"I obviously haven't forgotten about playing for Wales and two years [since playing for Wales] is a bit of a shock to me because it does kind of fly by," Robinson stated.

"But I suppose being outside of Wales doesn't help at times if you're trying to get back into the squad.

"But it's not something that I've forgotten about. I've been watching a lot of the Welsh games, doing a bit of media work so I'm back watching a lot of Welsh rugby.

"I still hope that I can play for Wales again. Whether that's in the World Cup or not I don't know.

"But I still want to play international rugby and if I keep playing well for Gloucester then that gives me a better chance.

"My form before Christmas probably wasn't where I'd like it to have been, but there were other things going on in my life that probably affected that.

"I haven't retired, I don't think, by playing in England… or that it diminishes my chances of playing, personally.

"Other people might think that, but I still hope and dream that I can put that red jersey back on."

Robinson said pre-Christmas uncertainty over his club future contributed to a loss of form at that time.

"I was told by Gloucester I wasn't going to be offered a new contract here," he added.

"So I had that kind of in the back of my mind and it was obviously quite a difficult time trying to find a new club and trying to sort out your future... just the fact that possibly we weren't playing that well as a team as well didn't help.

"Once that was put to bed it really did give me a sense of relief and I don't think it's a coincidence that it coincided with me picking up some better form.

"And obviously the team kicking on as well and going on to achieve what we did in the LV= Cup and in the Aviva Premiership as well [has helped]."