He has been one of the most criticised England captains of all time, but Chris Robshaw is continuing to prove his worth on the international stage.
Although no longer captain of England, Robshaw still remains a key player for Eddie Jones and looks to be thriving under the new regime where he no longer has the pressure of captaincy, or the distraction of attempting to win turnovers having been moved over the the blindside where he has spent most of his career.
His importance for England has been no more evident than in the below clip from this weekends game from Ireland. Whilst he may have received praise for his looping miss pass to set up Anthony Watson’s try, it is in fact his work in the build up that is perhaps more impressive. In the build up he hits both rucks to secure the ball before England before clearing up Ben Youngs fumble and then throws the try scoring pass.
It is this kind of unseen work that has seen Robshaw become such a vital member of the England side. Although he may not do the flashy stuff like many widely hailed flankers, his workrate in terms of making tackles and hitting rucks is absolutely phenomenal. It is also important to note that he was England’s third top ball carrier behind Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola against Ireland.