CHRIS ROBSHAW holds some cherished recollections of taking up and conquering Australia.
There’s his first Take a look at attempt in opposition to the Wallabies in 2013, plus taking part in an enormous half within the Three-Zero hammering of the outdated enemy Down Below final 12 months.
However there are some bruising recollections, too. The 2015 World Cup defeat leaves a bitter style in Robshaw’s mouth, particularly as he was skipper for the 33-13 Twickenham tonking which knocked England out of the match.
Robshaw, 31, who has performed 57 instances for his nation, recalled: “The World Cup defeat was brutal.
“I believe everybody who performed that day nonetheless carries a few of these scars.
“It’s taken a very long time to attempt to eradicate that feeling.” Robshaw as we speak will get one other alternative to erase the ache when the groups battle it out at Twickenham.
And it was at England’s HQ that Robshaw first went over the try-line for his nation — though the flanker is modest sufficient to confess the usually workmanlike rating “received’t make any spotlight reels”.
He mentioned: “We’d been speaking all week about placing strain on this explicit lineout.
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“The ball bought charged down and by chance bobbled to me about 30 centimetres from the road.
“I want it was a bit extra spectacular than it was. I want I may have chipped the full-back or ran in from 50 metres out however I’ll take it!”
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England’s failure at the 2015 World Cup capped a difficult four years for Robshaw with the England captaincy.
But he feared things would get even worse when Eddie Jones replaced Stuart Lancaster as head coach after their World Cup KO.
The straight-talking Aussie had previously described Robshaw as “not outstandingly good in any area” — and when he summoned him for a chat ahead of the 2016 Six Nations, Robshaw was worried.
He remembered: “I’d seen his comments and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous.
“But we had a coffee, spoke for about an hour-and-a-half and he was just very honest with me.
“One of Eddie’s biggest strengths is his man-management. He’s good at weighing up whether players need an arm round the shoulder or a bit of stick.”
England followed up their whitewash over Australia with a 37-21 Twickenham win last December.
But the Wallabies’ impressive 29-21 victory over Wales last week has provided Robshaw with a crucial benchmark of where England stand two years away from the World Cup.
He said: “They’re a very intelligent and skilful side. They can attack you from anywhere, score tries in a blink of an eye.
“Every game I’ve played against them has gone down to the wire.
“Whether we’ve won or lost, it’s usually been by a handful of points.
“It’ll be a real test of how good we are defensively.”
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