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Shut your Robs

CHRIS ROBSHAW has told his team-mates to let him do the talking at Twickenham
on Saturday.

French ref Pascal Gauzere, 36, takes charge of an England Test for the first
time when they face Argentina — and captain Robshaw wants him onside from
the start.

The Harlequins flanker is still haunted by how the Red Rose’s Grand Slam bid
wilted with a 30-3 defeat in Wales last March after they frustrated Aussie
official Steve Walsh at the scrum.

Robshaw said: “Talking with the ref is always easier when you’re on the front

“Most captains will tell you that if you are getting rewarded in the scrum, if
you are on that front foot with the referee, then you can talk to the
official more.

“We were trying to play against Australia on Saturday, trying to generate
quick ball, and that was evident by the number of penalties we got.

“Now, wind back to the game against Wales in Cardiff, and we didn’t have that
front-foot situation. We were chasing the game, looking for angles which
probably weren’t there.

“The referee last Saturday, George Clancy, was consistent with both teams and
that’s all you ask.”

Robshaw is not concerned about Gauzere’s relative inexperience but wants to
avoid the blunder Australia made on the way to a 20-13 defeat at Twickenham
last weekend.

Referee Clancy was twice heard warning the Wallabies to stop whinging and get
on with the game.

Robshaw added: “The ref will go out there to have a good game and be
consistent with both teams. Players ask nothing more than that.

“They might speak to a prop or hooker if there is a scrum issue. But what they
do not want is a lot of players chirping up.

“The ref wants to hear one voice — that of the captain.”

Robshaw is at pains to hammer this home because Saturday’s clash will be
decided up front. He noted: “When you analyse the way they play you discover
a high percentage of scrum, tight maul and driving.

“It’s about their size and power. We are up for it.”

Head coach Stuart Lancaster is set to make up to four changes from the team
which beat Australia.

Alex Corbisiero replaces injured prop Maku Vunipola, while Christian Wade wins
his second cap on the right wing in place of Chris Ashton.

Ben Youngs is expected to replace Lee Dickson at scrum-half, while brother Tom
may make way for Dylan Hartley at hooker because his wife is expecting their
first baby.

ENGLAND (likely): Brown; Wade, Tomkins, Twelvetrees, Yarde; Farrell, Youngs;
Corbisiero, T Youngs/Hartley, Cole, Launchbury, Lawes, Wood, Robshaw,