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Chris Robshaw is feeling the love with England again thanks to ‘special’ Eddie Jones

Chris Robshaw has pointed to his close network of family and friends as the key reason behind his ability to put World Cup disappointment behind him.

The former England captain led the host nation to a pool-stage exit in 2015 after deciding not to attempt a late penalty against Wales that would have salvaged the campaign.

Eddie Jones replaced Stuart Lancaster as boss before stripping Robshaw of the captaincy and appointing Dylan Hartley as his successor.

And Robshaw feels he has come a long way since seeing his three-and-a-half-year tenure as England captain come to an end.

“A lot of that is down to the support I’ve had,” Robshaw told talkSPORT.

“Having Camilla [his wife] at home, my family, my friends, my teammates – Eddie [Jones] himself – just gives you the confidence and support to go out there and play the way you play.

“Eddie is fantastic at that – he knows how to get the best out of people. His man-management is pretty special and I think you’ve seen that all the players are continuing to improve.”

Jones’ team are preparing for their second autumn international against Australia on Saturday and will be hoping to secure a fifth consecutive victory against their opponents.

The Wallabies arrive into the clash on the back of an impressive 29-21 win over Wales at the Principality Stadium under the tutelage of coach Michael Cheika.

And having lost four of his previous meetings with Jones, Bradshaw expects Cheika to be fully prepared for an intense clash at Twickenham.

“They’re the last side to beat New Zealand and they’ve just beaten Wales as well,” Robshaw added.

“So they’ll be coming in pretty confident and we know whenever we play the Australians there are only a handful of points in it, either way.

“It is one of those games that always goes down to the wire – it is very intense – and it’s a part of the sport that people love.

“England-Australia clashes, whether it’s rugby or cricket, are always great to be part of. It shows how much people care when they come to this.

“And speaking to friends and loved-ones, they’re so excited about this game and what Twickenham is going to be like.”

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