Wasps sign former Scotland Under-20s captain Robin Hislop

29-year-old loose-head prop has been one of the outstanding players in the English Championship with Doncaster Knights during the last three seasons

Robin 'Bomber' Hislop spent the 2017-18 season playing for Ayr in the Premiership. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Robin 'Bomber' Hislop spent the 2017-18 season playing for Ayr in the Premiership. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

FORMER Scotland Under-20s captain and Edinburgh prospect Robin ‘Bomber’ Hislop will join English Premiership side Wasps next season. 

Originally from Langholm, the loose-head prop progressed through the national age-grade ranks and ended up playing 18 games over two years – 2011 and 2012 – in the Under-20s side, alongside the likes of Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell, Hamish Watson, Jonny Gray, George Turner, Mark Bennett, Jamie Bhatti, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and Gary Graham.

He broke into pro rugby as an academy player at Edinburgh, and earned a senior contract ahead of the 2011-12 season, but moved to English Championship side Rotherham Titans in 2014 after becoming frustrated by the lack of playing opportunities available under previous head coach Alan Solomons. He returned to Scotland to play the 2017-18 season with Ayr, and has spent the last three seasons with Doncaster Knights back in the English Championship.


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Now 29, Hislop was selected in the Rugby Paper’s 2020 Greene King IPA Championship Dream Team and had a spell on loan with Saracens at the end of last season. This season he has captained the Knights to seven wins in the first eight games of their Championship campaign, which has put them second in the table.

“We are delighted to sign Bomber for next season,” said Wasps head coach Lee Blackett. “I really enjoyed my time with him at Rotherham, and I am really looking forward to working with him again at Wasps.

“Bomber has been one of the standout props in the Championship for quite a while now and he will really add to our front row options for next season.”

Hislop added: “I’m delighted to be joining Wasps, they are a big club, that play a great brand of rugby.

“I’m looking forward to testing myself back at that higher level on a daily basis and adding value to the squad.”


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13 Comments

  1. Think this really highlights an issue of Scotland being unable to produce Props / actual Scottish props not getting enough game time. I think we should bite the bullet and give our young guys more games rather than sign a journeyman who are anywhere from 0-20% better – SRU needs to give coaches more incentive somehow.

    Nearly all our pro-props weren’t born or developed in Scotland

    Edinburgh: Schoeman, Venter, Grahamslaw, Nel, De Bruin, Atalifo

    Glasgow: Kebble, Seuli, Lambert, Allan, Berghan, Pieretto

    The only Scots are Sutherland, McCallum, Bhatti, Fagerson and Rae. Only 2 of which are getting adequate game time.

    Hislop has had to look elsewhere and Nicol recently has also gone to the championship. We shouldn’t be losing these guys…we should give them more opportunity.

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  2. Agree strongly with you FF and indeed Dogma’s comment on NSQ players being a serious problem getting young players game time.
    Great credit to him for persevering.
    His late Dad the original “Bomber Hislop” always makes my “best player never to be capped” team. Along with his Uncle Walter he made two thirds of an outstanding Langholm front row of the 1980s. Always a ferocious challenge to play them.
    Great he is continuing in their footsteps.

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  3. Its the issue of only having 2 pro teams that if you have a number of talented players you cant give them all game time and tough decisions on who gets contracts means good players can get let go as they haven’t had enough game time to show what they can do. Fair play on the lad for taking a step back and staying pro at Rotherham and landing a big move back up.

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    • We could find game time if we didn’t flood our pro and semi pro system with journeymen from the SH…..Might even find it was financially more sustainable to develop our own young players the way that Ireland and Wales choose to….and if there was a genuine pathway we would lose hundreds of teenagers every year.

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  4. Probably one of those players that needs the right environment to succeed at the top level. All the best to him.

    With players like Rory Sutherland appearing on the scene at Edinburgh in 2016, and at lest a couple of international LH props ahead of him (eg Dell & Dicko) he was always going to have to be special to make the match day 23. He apparently didn’t have what it takes as a youngster, however, the good thing for him is that props age like fine wine and he may have his best years ahead of him. ‘Mon the Bomber!

  5. Sounds like he was given plenty of chance in the SRU system. Age Grades to Academy to senior contract, appears he was not good enough to step up to playing ahead of others at the time and gave up. Good to see he has improved now and got another contract, the real indicator of it he is really an improved player will be if he can make pro appearances for Wasps.

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    • I think that’s unnecessarily harsh. Young props are not getting opportunities to play and improve in Scotland. More should leave earlier IMO and test themselves in different environments if they get the chance, it’s not a situation that benefits anyone having young talent being unfulfilled.

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      • Agree strongly with you FF and indeed Dogma’s comment on NSQ players being a serious problem getting young players game time.
        Great credit to him for persevering.
        His late Dad the original “Bomber Hislop” always makes my “best player never to be capped” team. Along with his Uncle Walter he made two thirds of an outstanding Langholm front row of the 1980s. Always a ferocious challenge to play them.
        Great he is continuing in their footsteps.

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  6. Maybe somebody from the SRU Junta could explain how such a good prop as Bomber has never been given a chance in the Scottish system.

    Yet another good player allowed to drift away – well done to him on getting the Wasps gig, btw.

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    • We can’t just keep players on contracts because they *might* become test players. All teams need turnover to let the next wave to try to make it. I’d also say a move to Doncaster from Edinburgh (via Ayr) was a step down.

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      • Perhaps more of a step sideways, considering where he was at the time (ie. not playing much).

        Even though the Championship isn’t of the same level as the English Prem, it is used as an ‘incubator’ by Premiership clubs. A lot of talent in many teams.

        I’d probably go as far as saying the best clubs in the Championship are better than the worst clubs in the Pro14.

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