Woodward switched Robinson from his regular Test position offull-back because regular No.12 Mike Tindall was injured and the move paid offas the recently crowned world champions began the defence of their SixNations title with an impressive victory at the Flaminio stadium.
"I've said to everbody that Jason's best position, his WorldCup position, is full-back - but I also know that because of the way we play and aslong as he is out there, he is going to be a danger," Woodward said.
"So to play him at centre, having a little bit more of theball than he would normally get, was very interesting to see and I thought hehandled it very well.
"I still think his best position is full-back if everybody isfit and well, but I have no issue with playing him there against any team in theworld because I know he would come out on top."
Robinson said playing at centre was not his preferred choice, butinsisted he was happy to play anywhere for the good of the team. "I said before the game that if I had the choice, full-backwould be my number one position," said the former Rugby League star.
"But Clive wants us to interchange and play anywhere in thebackline and that's what I've done today. We knew if we could get the ball out wide to some of theoutside backs we'd create opportunities and it was good for me to be on the end ofthree of
Woodward, who prior to the match described Italy as the mostphysical team in the tournament, said his players had the bruises to prove it. "It was a great game of rugby and you should see the state ofour players - they're battered," he said.
"We knew it was going to be a battle and if they had had thebounce of the ball they could have scored couple of tries. They've been steadily improving each year and they arebetter this year than they were against us at Twickenham last year.
"Any team coming here in the Six Nations will have to playvery well to win, I've got no doubt that."
England, playing their first competitive game since they defeatedAustralia in the World Cup final last November, ran in a seven tries in total,with Iain Balshaw, Josh Lewsey, Paul Grayson and debutant Chris Jones alltouching down in addition to Robinson's three.
Paul Grayson, deputising for the injured Jonny Wilkinson, scored 15 points with his boot to complete the destruction.
All of Italy's points came from New Zealand-born Rima Wakarua inthe first-half. Italy captain Andrea De Rossi, standing in for the injuredAlessandro Troncon, was disappointed his team didn't make the most of their twobest chances at the start of the second-half. "England showed what a great team they are in everyposition," said the 31-year-old flanker.
"We did well to get through to the 22 on a couple ofoccassions, but we couldn't make the break through to put them under some pressure andin the end their class showed."
Report courtesy AFP.