Grand Slam win turnaround for England Rugby - Chris Robshaw

Former England captain Chris Robshaw reflects on the turnaround the red rose had experienced in the last one year.

During the 2015 World Cup when Robshaw was the captain of the team under head coach Stuart Lancaster, England became the first home team to not qualify for the knock-out stage and the 30-year-old shared his torrid experience.

"I look back at times like that [reflecting on World Cup loss]. It is always sad when people lose their jobs," Robshaw was speaking on BT Sport's Rugby Tonight

"The way things happened and unfortunately as a team, we blinked at the wrong time.

"As a side, as a player everyone involved including the coaches would have gone better because of the experience. As players sometimes it happens. It is about how you bounce back from there."

However, once Eddie Jones took over from Lancaster, Dylan Hartley took over the captaincy from Robshaw and England registered a Grand Slam victory in the Six Nations 2016 tournament.

Robshaw believes the Grand Slam win was vital for the players to understand their role in the team.

"This [Six Nations Grand Slam win] was incredible.

"To go into the Six Nations, not knowing initially where I should be. Eddie and me had a good chat and he let me know pretty much what I should do.

"If I could do that, there is a place for me and luckily we built little momentum in the tournament and once the final game came, we picked ourselves after finishing second four times in a row.

"It was incredible and you realise how special Grand Slams are. They don't come that often and lot of young players are like 'It is pretty easy'."

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