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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 November 2006, 10:18 GMT
I will not resign, says Robinson
Andy Robinson pictured during England's defeat by Argentina
Robinson's side have now lost seven matches in a row
Andy Robinson insists he will not quit as England boss despite his side's 25-18 defeat by Argentina, a record-equalling seventh loss in a row.

When asked on BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek if he intended to stay on he said: "I'm saying that to you, yes."

Robinson will hold a de-brief with Rugby Football Union chiefs on Monday and insists his side will come good.

"This is a good England team and it will come through - I've got every confidence of that," he added.

"I'm disappointed the players have not been able to show their true ability.

It's not a simple matter of changing coaches

RFU chief executive Francis Baron
"We've let the nation down and it's disappointing when that happens. Now everyone needs to have that little bit of patience.

"I have got to accept that was a poor England performance, but it's not me splitting. We are a team together, and we all have a part to play in this.

"I am in charge of the England team, and that remains unchanged. This is my lowest point as England coach."

RFU chief executive Francis Baron admitted Monday's meeting with Robinson, which will also include director of elite rugby Rob Andrew, will have "added piquancy".

"We have to get to the bottom of this," Baron said. "We've got to turn this around. There's a real buzz in training, which is missing on match day. This can't continue.

"People chanting for 'Robbo' to be sacked is a unique situation for us, but we're going to deal with it calmly. I don't believe in knee-jerk decisions.

"This is a routine de-brief, but clearly there is an added piquancy to it. It's not a simple matter of changing coaches. It's not that straightforward."

Everyone's absolutely devastated, and that's how we should be

Martin Corry
England captain
The last time England lost seven straight games was in 1971-72, while Argentina claimed only their second win over the English and their first at Twickenham.

Robinson insisted his struggling team, the reigning world champions, had played well in patches but picked out several reasons for the defeat.

"There were some individual plus points with Tom Palmer and Toby Flood coming off the bench.

"Paul Sackey's try was brilliant and we showed a dangerous rhythm every now and again.

"But we turned too much ball over at the tackle and we kicked too much ball away poorly, which was disappointing.

"We allowed Argentina to get in the game just at the end of the first half with two silly penalties which gave them the confidence to move forward.

"The individual errors are costing us, last week and this."

We knew if we put England under pressure in the second half they could crack

Argentina captain Agustin Pichot

Robinson said he intended to lead England against South Africa next Saturday and was looking for a morale-boosting performance against a Springboks side that have left many of their star names at home.

"There were some sparks this week and last and we've now got to focus on South Africa," said Robinson.

"We can turn things around in the next two weeks with two very good performances against South Africa."

England captain Martin Corry backed the head coach after the match, insisting the players, rather than Robinson, should take the blame.

"It is the players who are going out there and making the mistakes," he said.

"We're the ones making mistakes and keeping Argentina in the game - our display out there was awful and it is only us who need to take the blame for that.

"Everyone's absolutely devastated, and that's how we should be."

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Argentina captain Agustin Pichot was understandably delighted after the Pumas' historic win.

"Today is the most special moment of my life," said the former Richmond and Bristol scrum-half.

"We knew if we put England under pressure in the second half they could crack. We didn't play fantastically well but I think we wanted it more.

"I said in the team talk beforehand 'let's show the world we are here'."



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