Chris Robshaw to captain England in autumn internationals
England head coach Stuart Lancaster sticks with Chris Robshaw as his captain for the upcoming autumn internationals
Stuart Lancaster has opted for Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw as his skipper for the autumn internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham next month.
During the summer Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood skippered England in Argentina as Robshaw took a break from rugby after being overlooked for the Lions tour of Australia.
The Harlequins skipper has led his country in 16 of the last 19 England Tests – and with a hectic 18 months ahead that includes the Six Nations and
also the 2015 World Cup – it’s a huge vote of confidence for Robshaw.
Lancaster said: “The first and foremost criteria for captaincy is to be on the team sheet and Chris is in there on his playing ability.
“But on top of that he has a massive amount of respect within the squad and has led England well. Every team needs leaders; we are building a strong group and Chris is at the forefront of that leadership.”
Robshaw admitted his pride at being reselected for the England captaincy but revealed it’s about individual performance and justifying his selection before he worries about the armband.
Robshaw said: “Every time you pull on that white shirt it’s a privilege. It’s a huge honour to be named captain and to lead your country.
“But I’ve always said it’s not about who you are but what you do and I’ve got to make sure that I perform as a player first.
“We have some good leaders across the squad and I know we will support each other as we head into a massive game against Australia.”