Resurgent Robshaw is over World Cup anguish


Chris Robshaw said he has put the agony of England's World Cup failure behind him after redeeming himself by playing a key role in a historic first Test series victory in Australia.

Robshaw lost the captaincy to Dylan Hartley after Eddie Jones was appointed as successor to Stuart Lancaster following England's dismal showing in the World Cup on home soil.

The back row came in for plenty of criticism during and after the World Cup, but showed what he is capable with some impressive displays as England won the Grand Slam.

Robshaw has gone from strength to strength under Jones and was voted man of the match after an outstanding performance in a 23-7 victory over the Wallabies in Melbourne on Saturday, which gave England an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Jones was full of praise for Robshaw, who won his 50th cap in the second Test, once again after the match at AAMI Park and Robshaw revealed he has moved on from his World Cup anguish.

"It was a pretty tough part of my career," said Robshaw.

"My partner, Camilla, was fantastic at bringing me back from those tough times; my family, the coaches, the players, too.

"It was tough, but this series wasn't about the World Cup, that has been and gone."

Robshaw is determined to rub salt into Australia's wounds by completing a whitewash in the third and final Test in Sydney next Saturday.

He added: "[The World Cup] was a tough part of my career, but I'm enjoying it at the moment, playing and training alongside these guys, wanting to be better, trying to impress them and prove to them that you deserve to be in there.

"We are in a good place at the moment. Playing one of the best attacking sides in world rugby, on their own patch, we knew it would be tough and we can't wait until next week to finish it off properly."