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'I enjoy rehab': Broncos warrior Robinson returns early


Blockbusting Brisbane winger Julia Robinson has an inspirational explanation for why she is set to return to NRLW action several weeks ahead of schedule after a hamstring tear.

"This might sound weird but I enjoy the rehab process," Robinson told AAP.

"It sucks not playing but rehab makes you focus on coming back bigger and better after injuries.

"Even though I have been out for half the season it has given me so much more motivation."

If any player in rugby league can teach the value of always looking on the bright side of life it is the 25-year-old Robinson, who tore her hamstring for the second time this year in round one of the NRLW against the Sydney Roosters.

She has bounced back from the brink so many times, including from a fibula fracture, dislocated ankle and other ligament damage in 2019 - injuries that could have finished her career.

The Jillaroos and Queensland star will line up for the fifth-placed Broncos against Canberra, in third, on Sunday in Brisbane.

"It is good news that I am back on the field," Robinson said.

"I have torn my hamstring twice this year. I tore it with the Wynnum Seagulls in our grand final, just a few weeks before the first Origin game for Queensland.

"I played that game but then I got suspended."

The three-time NRLW premiership winner got through the Broncos pre-season but said she tweaked the hamstring again before a trial game against Newcastle.

"Then unfortunately it went again in the first (NRLW) game against the Roosters," she said.

"They were more concerned about it being a recurrence because of where I did the tear.

"It was planned that I would be back at the end of when the (regular) season was still going but I am back early."

Robinson said Brisbane's NRL physiotherapist Lindsay Self had played a key role in her return.

"I am very grateful that the club supports us females," she said.

"My physio with the girls' team has been fantastic as well but she works on the Gold Coast during the week and is there at training.

"I was able to see Lindsay during the day because I work and live near the Broncos facility.

"Lindsay helped me in 2018 with a shoulder injury when I first joined the club. He is a fantastic human and very good at what he does."

In other NRLW games in round six, bottom-placed Parramatta host North Queensland on Saturday, the same day St George Illawarra are at home to Gold Coast and competition leaders the Roosters welcome Wests Tigers.

On Sunday defending premiers Newcastle are at home to Cronulla.