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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 October 2005, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
Robinson settled on England team
Andy Robinson
England coach Andy Robinson revealed he has virtually finalised his starting XV for the opening autumn Test against Australia next month.

Robinson, who oversaw a four-day training session at Loughborough, is looking to improve on England's record of seven wins from the last 16 Tests.

"I'm pretty sure within three or four players what my team is going to be," said Robinson.

England play Australia on 12 November, followed by New Zealand and Samoa.

Robinson's training camp came against a back-drop of huge unrest between the Rugby Football Union and England's Guinness Premiership clubs over central contracts for international players.

News has also emerged of an attempt by the RFU to buy controlling stakes in several Premiership clubs, a move they would fund to the tune of 15m.

But Robinson insisted that the off-field talks would not detract from his work with the England players.

I believe in club rugby, but I am also passionate about England
England coach Andy Robinson

"The great thing is that the players came here, trained brilliantly and will now go back to their clubs and hopefully do the same," he said.

"There has been no thought of the extra-curricular activities that are going on. They are side issues for us, because we are preparing a team to play against Australia which is a huge test.

"It is great that the RFU and PRL (Premier Rugby Limited) are at the table and that they are talking. That is what we want.

"The one thing we will not do is compromise England's performance," he said.

"There are on-going discussions and the key for me is that we have some real clarity. When you have that clarity, things work well together.

"I believe in club rugby, but I am also passionate about England. It is a great sport, and we don't need to be constantly fighting."




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