Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio has questioned the decision which led to Chris Robshaw stepping down as skipper at Harlequins.
Robshaw, whose role at Quins has been taken over by international colleague Joe Marler, will now concentrate solely on leading the Red Rose.
However, Dallaglio has joined former Bok captain John Smit in being bemused by the call, saying it's "strange" one year out from the World Cup.
"If Chris is good enough to captain England then he is good enough to captain Harlequins," the RWC winner told the London Evening Standard.
"If it was me, I would prefer to be captaining my club as well and you cannot say it's about relieving pressure on Chris because you have to revel in that and it inspires you.
"If you are a captain you are the captain and will be the spiritual leader anyway.
"Joe is going to be under just as much pressure in World Cup year as Chris and he is the number one loosehead."