Robshaw named England skipper for Six Nations as Lancaster keeps faith in flanker
Duncan Bech, Press Association
19:53 GMT, 21 January 2013
20:03 GMT, 21 January 2013
England have confirmed Chris Robshaw as their captain for the forthcoming RBS Six Nations in an appointment that will have caused no surprises.
Robshaw has been retained after leading England to a record 38-21 victory over New Zealand at Twickenham on December 1 and will fill the post for a second successive championship.
Northampton forwards Dylan Hartley and Tom Wood are viewed as potential captains, but coach Stuart Lancaster views 26-year-old Harlequins openside Robshaw as the outstanding candidate.
Responsibility: Chris Robshaw will lead England into the Six Nations as one of the favourites
Lancaster, who announced Robshaw's reappointment at tonight's squad meeting, believes the Lions captaincy candidate has developed into superb leader.
'Chris stepped into the role 12 months ago when we were building a new team and he has grown as a captain on and off the field,' Lancaster said.
'He showed those leadership qualities during the QBE Internationals and especially against the All Blacks when the whole squad got behind him.
'We have a number of leaders and I know they will all take this team forwards with Chris as we look to kick on from that result.'
Ice Cold: Robshaw will be hoping to continue the success which led to victory over New Zealand
Robshaw made his Test debut against
Argentina in 2009 and despite his lack of experience, was installed as
skipper upon his next cap against Scotland at the start of last year's
He has continued in the post since,
missing only the final Test against South Africa last June due to
injury, and has been a key part of Lancaster's rebuilding program
following the disastrous 2011 World Cup.
'Stuart told me this afternoon and I am really pleased to be asked again,' Robshaw said.
'There are other leaders in the squad that Stuart could have turned to so I am really honoured.
'The lads have been great over the
last year and now we our focus is on building on the New Zealand
performance and getting a result against Scotland.'
Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns will
undergo a scan over the coming days to assess the extent of the damage
of the knee injury he sustained during Saturday's 36-16 victory over
Mont de Marsan.
Good times: Robshaw celebrates with Ben Youngs and James Haskell
Together: Robshaw and Stuart Lancaster have formed a formidable partnership leading England