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Re: Jones regrets Robshaw criticism in World Cup!
Posted by: poorfour
Date: 07/08/2017 10:44
There's a longer version in the Rugby Paper.

"Robshaw's world class. I still regret that column I wrote for the Mail... He is just the most unselfish guy. He works so hard for the team. His influence on those young guys - he knows those guys Curry and Underhill could take his spot... But he led by example on that tour. He had no hope of playing in that second Test but he just worked every hour, every minute to get fit - and got on the field and played superbly. Just a great role model for the team.

"It goes to show that he is a leader. But he is a leader in a different way. I got the chance to speak to some of the New Zealand coaches in the provinces and they all hold him in really high esteem. He is a really important player for us and has the chance to keep developing that."

Having seen some of the stuff that Eddie has also said about the makeup of the team - he wants 13 players on the pitch who can deliver consistently every game, to allow for two who might be exceptional one week and ordinary the next - you can see why Robshaw matters to him.

He also had some words on Kyle - "During the tour he was asked to play a role for them and I think he did pretty well. He's got to understand that the team comes before the individual. If he wants to develop his rugby career, that'll be the big thing for him." And on the night club incident: "You need to pick the right place to have a drink. After the Third Test you don't go to a crowded club in Auckland... It's not a black mark against him - but it will be if he does it again."

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