England head coach Eddie Jones believes Chris Robshaw could emerge as the best blindside flanker in Europe by the end of the RBS 6 Nations.
Robshaw has been replaced as captain by Dylan Hartley and Jones believes that the Harlequins back row will flourish now that he has been relieved of the responsibility.
“Chris was disappointed, but I think the next part of his career is going to be the best part of his career,” Jones said. “I think he’ll feel a little bit unburdened and he’ll get out and play some good rugby. He’s been doing that for Harlequins and I think he’ll do that for England. I’m hopeful that by the end of the Six Nations, he’s the best number six in Europe.
“I think he’s done really well. He’s easily the best six in England. He’s got a high work-rate and reminds me of Richard Hill.
“He’s a similar sort of player to Hill. He never gets too many wraps, but does the hard work and that’s the sort of player he can develop as and be world-class.”