Rugby

Jones, Robshaw meet for crunch talks

2015-12-06 06:58
Chris Robshaw (File)

London - Chris Robshaw was set to meet England's new head coach Eddie Jones to discuss his international future and his role as the team's captain.

Robshaw was England skipper throughout Stuart Lancaster's reign, which reached a dismal conclusion with the team's lacklustre exit from the World Cup pool stages on home turf earlier this year.

Jones was critical of Robshaw during the World Cup, writing in a newspaper column that "at international level he just doesn't have that point of difference", describing him as "workmanlike" and a "six-and-a-half at best".

And with some pundits suggesting Robshaw should be removed as England's leader, the Harlequins star could learn his fate when he comes face to face with Jones for the first time since the Australian's appointment two weeks ago.

"Chris is seeing Eddie for a coffee at some stage this evening," Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea after Saturday's 38-7 victory over London Irish in the Premiership.

Jones' arrival at Twickenham was delayed until Friday due to visa issues but, flanked by Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie, the 55-year-old made it to Harlequins' win at Twickenham Stoop for the first match he had attended since replacing Lancaster.

O'Shea insists Robshaw can still be a major asset to former Australia and Japan coach Jones and he is hopes the 29-year-old back row's England career is far from over.

"Chris was outstanding against Irish, like he was against Exeter. I cannot speak more highly of him and what he has done for this club. There's a lot left in him," O'Shea said.

"Chris is in a high profile position and will get criticism, but he deserves to be lauded for what he is rather than being pilloried because there are so many people in sport who aren't proper role models.

"Chris is a proper role model and a great rugby player. Hopefully he showed that to Eddie out there."

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