Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Robinson at His 'Lowest Point'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Robinson at His 'Lowest Point'

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Byline: By Andrew Baldock

Andy Robinson has vowed to continue as England head coach despite the world champions' demoralising and humiliating run of seven successive defeats, writes Andrew Baldock.

Robinson and his fellow selectors will meet today to sift through the wreckage left by an embarrassing Twickenham collapse against Argentina.

South Africa ( World Cup pool opponents for England in Paris next September now await Robinson's ailing team on successive weekends, completing an autumn schedule that is fast assuming nightmare status.

England have never lost eight Tests on the bounce in 135 years of international rugby, but such a doomsday scenario will unfold if South Africa can emulate New Zealand and Argentina this month and emerge victorious at Twickenham.

Robinson though, whose success rate during two years in charge of England is a miserable 40%, remains defiant.

"We are all in this together, I am part of this, and I am responsible for the performance," he said.

"I have got to accept that was a poor England performance. This is my lowest point as England coach."

Robinson survived an England coaching cull following last season's RBS 6 Nations Championship flop, when three successive defeats meant the end for his support staff Phil Larder, Joe Lydon and Dave Alred.

And while Rob Andrew, the recently-appointed Rugby Football Union elite rugby director, has backed Robinson during the autumn Test period, there must be grave doubts whether he will survive until next year's World Cup defence.

A 74,000 Twickenham crowd voiced its displeasure at England's latest shambolic effort by booing off the team as Argentina celebrated a famous victory.

"It is hugely disappointing," conceded Robinson. "But the crowd are obviously going to express their feelings. They came to see an England team perform, and it has not performed. …

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