Robshaw to captain England

Date published: October 24 2013

England coach Stuart Lancaster has confirmed that Harlequins flank Chris Robshaw will captain England during the November Tests.

England coach Stuart Lancaster has confirmed that Harlequins flank Chris Robshaw will captain England during the November internationals.

The 27-year-old openside will lead the team against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham.

After leading England during this year's Six Nations, Robshaw was rested for the two-match tour of Argentina in June but has been reinstated as skipper, taking over from Tom Wood.

Robshaw has led England in 16 of Lancaster's 19 games in charge, missing only the final Test against South Africa in June 2012 and the 2-0 series win over los Pumas this year.

“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,” said Robshaw.

“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.”

Wood acquitted himself as skipper in Argentina and there were suggestions that he may retain the role while Robshaw's place in the team was also put under pressure by Gloucester openside Matt Kvesic.

Lancaster was adamant however that Robshaw is the man for the job.

“The first and foremost criteria for captaincy is to be on the team sheet and Chris is in there on his playing ability,” said Lancaster.

“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.”

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