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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 November 2006, 13:12 GMT
Road to ruin

Andy Robinson and Sir Clive Woodward

Andy Robinson was a loyal lieutenant to England supremo Sir Clive Woodward but was he "general" material himself?

Andy Robinson at Twickenham

With a smooth succession at HQ wanted, a delighted Robinson was the obvious choice to follow Woodward in October 2004

Andy Robinson and Jonny Wilkinson

For England and Robinson to prosper, much depended on a fit Jonny Wilkinson...but a fully-fit Wilkinson was to become an elusive sight

Andy Robinson and Matt Dawson

With many stars retiring, Robinson had to work with those who remained, and his row with Matt Dawson was a mistake

Henry Paul

Robinson tried to stamp his own mark on the team but this left the likes of Henry Paul on the scrap heap

Gavin Henson and Mathew Tait

His judgement was questioned again when a callow Mathew Tait was thrown in (and then discarded) against Wales

Martin Corry

Whispers about his man-management became deafening when he benched captain Martin Corry in a defeat to Scotland

Joe Lydon and Andy Robinson

A second dismal Six Nations saw Robinson lose allies like Joe Lydon but many were shocked he did not fall on his sword too

Pat Sanderson and Andy Robinson

And worse followed as an under-strength England, captained by Pat Sanderson, endured a chastening tour Down Under

Andy Robinson and Rob Andrew

With new boss Rob Andrew watching, Robinson needed a golden autumn...what he got is clear to see

Argentina celebrate

A heavy defeat by New Zealand was one thing, a humiliating home loss to Argentina was something very different

Andy Robinson

A lucky win over an experimental South African side prevented a record-breaking defeat for the world champions

Andy Robinson

But the revival was more of a dead-cat bounce as England were well beaten by the Boks a week later

Andy Robinson

And after an eighth defeat in nine games, Robinson's time as England coach was over and out

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