Six Nations

Jones backs 'unburdened' Robshaw to shine

Chris Robshaw was officially replaced as England captain by Dylan Hartley on Monday, but head coach Eddie Jones believes the change will only benefit the flanker.

Hartley's appointment as skipper was widely anticipated, although the decision has caused some debate due to the hooker's poor disciplinary record.

Jones - who took over from Stuart Lancaster following the dismal World Cup campaign on home soil - feels that a Robshaw free of the burden of captaincy will develop into one of the finest back-row forwards in the game.

"Chris was disappointed, but I think the next part of his career is going to be the best part of his career," Jones said.

"I think he'll feel a little bit unburdened and he'll get out and play some good rugby. He's been doing that for Harlequins and I think he'll do that for England.

"I'm hopeful that by the end of the Six Nations, he's the best number six in Europe.

"I think he's done really well. He's easily the best six in England. He's got a high work-rate and reminds me of Richard Hill.

"He's a similar sort of player to Hill. He never gets too many wraps, but does the hard work and that's the sort of player he can develop as and be world-class."