Jones praises Robshaw's character after losing England captaincy


Eddie Jones hailed the mental strength of Chris Robshaw after the flanker's 50th England appearance was marked in style in a 23-7 victory over Australia in Melbourne.

Jones' men sealed their first ever series win Down Under as a result of the victory, with Robshaw named the man-of-the-match as England put in a brilliant defensive display.

Robshaw was stripped of the captaincy by Jones when he took over after England's dismal Rugby World Cup showing, but the coach hailed the response of the 30-yard-old - who was the target of a mocking advertisement from Fox Sports ahead of the three-match series.

"He's a really good, solid Test six," said Jones. "I saw someone describe him like a Richard Hill and that's what he's like. 

"He does all the unseen stuff in the game, makes the good tackles, keeps driving forward, clean out, and that's what he's done game after game for us, eight Tests in a row, since he lost the captaincy. 

"It was difficult when he lost the captaincy, it's not a pleasant experience, but he's bounced back really well and we're all delighted for him."

Jones also joked about a previous newspaper column in which he had been critical of Robshaw and hit out at the Australian media's treatment of the former skipper.

"I always thought he was a good player," Jones said. 

"I know I wrote a column, but you know when you write columns you don't always write what you actually think, because with the Daily Mail, I always ... I write a column and then it comes back and it's a completely different column [laughing].

"I don't think I've ever seen a team so pleased, for Robbo to get his 50th cap and be man-of-the-match. After what he's been through, what Fox Sports did to him, it's great to see Fox Sports have got these massive microphones here. We're all pleased for him."

Jones is now setting his sights on a series whitewash, with the third Test taking place in Sydney next weekend.

"We're looking forward to winning the series 3-0," Jones said. "We came here to win the series 3-0 and that's what we want to do next Saturday.

"The boys started talking about it on the field. We're committed to doing that. We've got a few players who've got bumps and bruises, so we'll have to look at our selection very carefully, but we've got a great squad of 32 and we'll start preparing for that Test on Monday.

"We want to be the best team in the world and we want to win the series 3-0. If the All Blacks were in this situation now, what would they be thinking? It doesn't mean you can't change the team, they'd be thinking 3-0. They beat Wales, didn't they? They'll be thinking 3-0.

"If we want to be the best in the world, we want to think 3-0. We know Australia will come back, they're a well-coached, driven team, so we're anticipating quite a feisty encounter in Sydney."