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Coach safe for now: RFU

AFP , LONDON AND BUENOS AIRES

England head coach Andy Robinson walks off the pitch before the Test against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday. The Pumas won 25-18.

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England coach Andy Robinson is safe in his job for the time being, according to top officials.

Robinson was to attend a de-briefing at Twickenham yesterday following the 25-18 loss to Argentina at home on Saturday -- England's seventh defeat in a row.

Unpopular

Calls for his dismissal have been growing, but England Rugby Football Union (RFU) chairman Martyn Thomas insists that matter is not on the agenda.

"As is normal after an international, Andy will meet with chief executive Francis Baron and Elite rugby director Rob Andrew on Monday," Thomas told the Daily Mirror.

"But there is no proposal by the RFU to remove Andy from his post. At the end of the autumn program he will produce a report on the four-match campaign which will be considered," Thomas said.

Meanwhile, Argentinian news-papers saluted a "historic triumph" at Twickenham.

La Nacion dedicated a special supplement to the win, their first at the game's headquarters.

"With their characteristic vigour, the Pumas beat England for the first time at their ground, nothing less then the legendary Twickenham stadium and left to an ovation," the newspaper said.

Clarin, the country's biggest 'paper, also published extra pages.

`On their knees'

"They were better than their rivals and England finished on their knees," it said.

Sports newspaper Oli repeated Pumas skipper Augustin Pichot's joy for their headline.

"We created history," it said.

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