Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Robshaw out for Last Laugh on Australia as He Hits 50

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Robshaw out for Last Laugh on Australia as He Hits 50

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Byline: Chris Jones Rugby Correspondent

CHRIS ROBSHAW, the target of Australian mickey--taking in the build--up to England's First Test victory, will win his 50th cap as the Grand Slam champions bid for a historic series triumph on Saturday.

Robshaw's haunted features were used on television in Australia to remind England of their World Cup pool loss against the Wallabies last year as they became the first hosts to fail to reach the knock--out stages. That campaign cost head coach Stuart Lancaster and his coaching team their jobs and led to Eddie Jones's appointment, with Dylan Hartley taking over as skipper from Robshaw.

Now, Robshaw has the perfect stage to have the last laugh against the Wallabies, who are desperate to send the series to a decider in Sydney in a week's time.

Rather than signalling his Test exile, Jones's arrival has revived Robshaw's Test career and he is part of an unchanged England pack for the Second Test in Melbourne, with George Ford coming in at outside--half and Jack Nowell replacing Marland Yarde on the wing as the only changes to the starting XV that stunned the home fans in Brisbane by winning 39-28.

England have never won a series in Australia and that achievement would be remarkable for the new coach and Robshaw, the man who was so closely associated with the Cup disaster.

Jones and he men will face another massive battle at the breakdown, where Robshaw and James Haskell, who was man of the match last Saturday, will be asked to deliver one more massive performance. Jones has given himself extra firepower in this key battleground by naming Harlequins' Jack Clifford among the replacements.

By opting for six forwards and just two backs, Jones is supplementing his back--row resources by gambling that he is not short of numbers if there are backline injuries.

Jones was not completely happy with the display in Brisbane, which is why he has made two changes and also brought Clifford, Elliot Daly and Jamie George onto the bench. …

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