Robshaw reappointed England captain

22nd Jan 2013, 06:33

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Leader: Chris Robshaw

Leader: Chris Robshaw

Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw has been reappointed as England captain for the 2013 Six Nations Championship next month.

Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw has been reappointed as England captain for the upcoming Six Nations Championship next month.

Robshaw, who led England to second place in last season's Championship, will skipper the team against Scotland in the opener at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, February 2.

"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 England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

"He showed those leadership qualities during the November 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."

"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."

In other news, Freddie Burns was 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.