Tom Robertson signs new deal with Rugby Australia and Western Force

Tom Robertson has played 31 Tests for Australia
Tom Robertson has played 31 Tests for Australia

Rugby Australia and the Western Force have confirmed that prop Tom Robertson has signed a new deal through to 2025.

As a part of the agreement, the 28-year-old will take a sabbatical in 2024 that will see him head to England to undertake a Master of Public Policy at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government as a John Monash scholar.

Robertson currently possesses a Bachelor of Medical Science, a Master of Public Health, and a Master of Philosophy in Medicine.

"I would like to thank the Western Force and Rugby Australia for allowing me to have this sabbatical, it's not every day people come together and allow you to miss half a year of rugby," he told the club's official website.

"It's been a dream of mine to go to Oxford for a while now to study, it's really exciting, and I am incredibly appreciative to the Monash Foundation and Dr Brett Robinson for helping fund this opportunity.

"I have shown throughout my career how much it means to me. It's all about the experience, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity.

"At Oxford, I will start a Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. This is about how to try and get governments to give the medical system more money, especially where I'm from in Dubbo."

Robertson started his senior career with Sydney University in 2014 and went on to represent Waratahs in Super Rugby two years later. He also had represented the Wallabies 30 times since making his international debut in 2016.