Robshaw in line for openside recall

LONDON – Chris Robshaw, a man described by coach Eddie Jones as a “six and a half at best,” could be in line for a return to the number seven jersey as the England coach deals with an injury crisis that has robbed him of all his main openside flanker contenders.

Jones will name his squad for the Autumn internationals today and faces a real problem over the key position that used to be Robshaw’s under previous coach Stuart Lancaster.

Jones was singularly unimpressed by Robshaw’s performances in the role, saying during last year’s World Cup that he was “not an out-and-out openside flanker” and “not outstandingly good in any area”.

Jones inserted James Haskell at seven and was rewarded with a series of outstanding displays but Robshaw, without a murmur of complaint having also lost his captaincy role, duly got his head down and continued as a starting regular at blindside.

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