Chris Robshaw’s England career has never been plain sailing; made the scapegoat in 2015 under Stuart Lancaster, to follow with an outstanding comeback in the former skipper’s contribution to the Grand Slam, and Australia whitewash down under.
Injuries then hampered the Harlequins man’s momentum this calender year, as the back row missed the whole Six Nations tournament.
In what was a blow to a personality in the dressing room, and an outstanding operator on the field; England felt Robshaw’s absence in that Ireland game.
The shoulder injury Robshaw suffered, was then followed by an ankle injury which kept the 31-year-old out of the first Argentina test, in which the Red Roses came through 38-34 last weekend.
However, the flanker has now been named as a starter in the second test; Robshaw will provide some much needed experience and encouragement to debutant, Sam Underhill, who is making his first start alongside Robshaw in the back row.
The team is as follows:
Backs: 15 – Mike Brown; 14 – Marland Yarde, 13 – Henry Slade, 12 – Piers Francis, 11 – Jonny May; 10 – George Ford, 9 – Danny Care.
Forwards: 1 – Ellis Genge, 2 – Dylan Hartley, 3 – Harry Williams; 4 – Charlie Ewels, 5 – Joe Launchbury; 6 – Chris Robshaw, 7 – Sam Underhill, 8 – Nathan Hughes.
Replacements: Jack Singleton, Matt Mullan Will Collier, Nick Isiekwe, Mark Wilson, Jack Maunder, Alex Lozowski, Denny Solomona
Head coach, Eddie Jones, learnt a lot about this English side which struck at the death against the Pumas to claim victory in the second test. Regardless of the 30 players missing for the tour, Jones is fully expecting to come away from South America with a 2-0 series victory.