Six Nations 2012: Moody backs Robshaw to shine for England

Bath's Lewis Moody, Olly Barker and Simon Taylor on preparing for Six Nations and new England captain Chris Robshaw

England travel up to Scotland this weekend under the charge of interim boss Stuart Lancaster, who has named three uncapped players in his side.

As expected, Saracens pairing Brad Barritt and Owen Farrell will line up in the centres, however with their regular roles reversed – Barritt at outside and Farrell wearing No 12.

The other fresh face comes in the back row, with Northampton Saints’ Phil Dowson pipping Scarlets rookie Ben Morgan to the No8 jersey.

Charlie Hodgson and David Strettle return for their first starts since a clash with New Zealand back in 2008, while Mouriz Botha and new skipper Chris Robshaw will win just their second caps.

One man who knows what it takes to captain the England team is Bath Rugby’s Lewis Moody, who has just retired from the international scene.

“It’s something Chris Robshaw is going to relish,” said Moody. “He has done it for many years for his club and I think he has been playing some fantastic rugby over the last couple of seasons. He just needs to take the confidence and ability he has and lead by example. He’ll have a great day, I hope”

Scotland also have a couple of new faces in their team in the shape of Lee Jones on the wing and David Denton in the back-row.

“I think with it being the first game of the Six Nations there’s almost more anticipation -there is an extra bit of excitement and both teams are making new starts after the world cup, maybe England even more so. So there is a bit of the unknown going into it as well.”

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