Six Nations 2013: Lancaster confirms Robsaw will captain England
Six Nations 2013: England head coach Stuart Lancaster confirms Chris Robshaw will captain the Red Rose
Stuart Lancaster has confirmed Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw will captain England for the Six Nations.
The 26-year-old, who led England to second place in last season’s championship, will skipper the team against Scotland in the opener at Twickenham Stadium on 2 February.
“Chris stepped into the role 12 months ago, when we were building a new team, and he has grown as a leader on and off the field,” said Lancaster.
“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.”
Robshaw added that he is relishing the chance to extend his captaincy, and the Quins star is hoping the Red Rose can build on their memorable 38-21 victory over New Zealand in December.
“Stuart told me this afternoon and I am really pleased to be asked again,” said Robshaw.
“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.”
Freddie Burns was today assessed by the England medics in consultation with Gloucester following the knee injury sustained in the Amlin Challenge Cup on Saturday.
The fly-half will stay with England at their Leeds training camp and his knee will be scanned over the next few days to establish the full extent of the problem.