England's Back-Row Key to Beating Australia, says Jonny Wilkinson

England's Back-Row Key to Beating Australia, says Jonny Wilkinson

England's back row Billy Vunipola, James Haskell and Chris Robshaw celebrate a historic series victory in Australia.

Jonny Wilkinson believes England's back-row were integral in claiming a first ever series victory in Australia.

Wilkinson was reacting to England's 23-7 win in Melbourne as they took an unassailable 2-0 lead with one Test remaining in the series.

The 2003 Rugby World Cup winner told Sky Sports the trio of Chris Robshaw, James Haskell and Billy Vunipola were all influential, but singled out Haskell for his impact in an impressive team display.

"It is a difficult one because there are any number but at the moment I would say the England back-row have probably been stand-out performers," said Wilkinson.

James Haskell told Sky Sports that England will be aiming to beat Australia in the final Test and seal a series whitewash

"For me Haskell has been the one I would say has been the most influential, the most inspirational to the team but at the same time I couldn't really justify picking anyone over the rest of the team. It has been quite amazing to watch."

James Haskell told Sky Sports that England will be aiming to beat Australia in the final Test and seal a series whitewash

Wilkinson's former team-mate and Sky Sports pundit Will Greenwood joined Wilkinson in praise for the England flanker duo, while also heralding the performances of Owen Farrell in the series so far.

"People are going for James Haskell and rightly so, after an unbelievable defensive effort," said Greenwood. "The sentimental people would certainly doff their cap to Chris Robshaw, who has come back from a hounding during the World Cup as the captain of the side that went out in the group stages.

"I thought he was an absolute rock star."

– Entry was posted on June 21st, 2016 by James Haskell

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