Robshaw content with England start

Date published: September 19 2015

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England captain Chris Robshaw was proud of the way his young side handled the occasion of Friday's opening ceremony before their game with Fiji.

The World Cup hosts have the youngest 31-man squad in the competition and showed some nerves throughout Friday's game, eventually winning 35-11.

Robshaw admitted that the ceremony had been a distraction and another challenge for his squad to overcome.

"The emotion we've had this week with the opening ceremony and kicking off the World Cup, there was a huge sideshow going on. I think the players handled it well," he said.

Fiji's physicality at the breakdown and constant threat with ball in hand never allowed England a chance to rest, which Robshaw had expected.

"We always knew it would be tough when you look at the world rankings with Fiji in 9th, and the way they've played recently and the results they had."

England might have left it late but Robshaw was delighted that the side were able to secure their late bonus point try through replacement Billy Vunipola.

"We went a little off script after the opening five to ten minutes, but all in all to get five points in the first game, we knew it would come down to the final few minutes, or even seconds, and we're in a happy place."

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