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Chris Robshaw explains how he and Eddie Jones settled their differences

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England and Australia have always had a bitter rivalry, and one that is always fiercely contested on the rugby pitch.

Now the two will face off in what will be the telling Autumn International. England, have obviously been impressive for some time, with their latest victory being a walk-over of Argentina, despite resting some key names.

Australia will also be on a high as they arrive in Twickenham on the back of an impressive victory over Wales at the Principality Stadium. With both teams on song in the build-up, either team could really lay down a marker, with the World Cup only two years away.

A fixture against the Wallabies always provides opinions in hindsight and anecdotes, this time is no different, former England skipper Chris Robshaw has recalled some of the high and lows from their previous meetings.

Robshaw talks World Cup 2015

It is a well-known fact that many people remember their losses rather than their success, and for Robshaw who has experienced both against Australia, one memory stands out.

England's disappointing performance in the 2015 World Cup, topped off by a 33-13 drumming at the hands of Australia was one that was particularly tough to swallow.

In a recent interview with The Sun, he was honest about the defeat:

“The World Cup defeat was brutal.

England v Australia - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015

“I think everyone who played that day still carries some of those scars." he continued: “It’s taken a long time to try and eradicate that feeling.”

Since that loss, England hit a rich vein of form and continued that into the tour of Australia last year, hammering them 3-0 and helping the team overcome such a humiliating loss in the World Cup.

The introduction of Eddie Jones

Much of England's success since the 2015 World Cup is largely due to the introduction of no-nonsense Aussie boss Eddie Jones, who replaced Stuart Lancaster following the World Cup.

An appointment that Robshaw admits made him "nervous".

Australia v England

This was largely due to comments made by Jones prior to his appointment. When speaking about the then-skipper, Jones described him as: “not outstandingly good in any area”

Nevertheless, the pair have come to form a strong working relationship and Robshaw has revealed how they overcame that particular hurdle.

He added: “I’d seen his comments and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous.

"But we had a coffee, spoke for about an hour-and-a-half and he was just very honest with me.

Argentina v England

“One of Eddie’s biggest strengths is his man-management. He’s good at weighing up whether players need an arm round the shoulder or a bit of stick.”

What to expect in the upcoming fixture

When asked about today's fixture at Twickenham, the Harlequins star gave a very unbiased and honest review of the challenge Australia pose:

“They’re a very intelligent and skilful side. They can attack you from anywhere, score tries in a blink of an eye.

“Every game I’ve played against them has gone down to the wire.

Australia v England

“Whether we’ve won or lost, it’s usually been by a handful of points.

"It’ll be a real test of how good we are defensively.”

England vs Australia very rarely disappoints in terms of entertainment, we at are sure, that today will be no different.

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