Sunday 22 April 2018

Robshaw set to captain England on second cap

NEW England captain Chris Robshaw yesterday admitted he had never even set foot inside Murrayfield as he prepared to lead his country out there in just his second ever Test match.

Robshaw was officially unveiled this morning as England's skipper for their opening two Six Nations matches, despite having earned just a single cap -- more than two and a half years ago.

After forcing his way back into the squad in the wake of last year's World Cup debacle, the 25-year-old Harlequins captain now finds himself thrown right in at the deep end, charged with bringing the Calcutta Cup back from Edinburgh in Saturday's championship opener.

"It's one of those places I've never actually been to. As a rugby player, you want to play on the big stage. It is a daunting place and it is going to be very tough."

Robshaw was not interim head coach Stuart Lancaster's first choice as skipper but saw off competition from Dylan Hartley and Tom Croft after Tom Wood picked up a toe injury.

Fellow flanker Wood could yet reclaim the honour, with Robshaw only guaranteed the job against Scotland and Italy. Only four men have captained England with fewer caps than Robshaw, who will doubtless be targeted by a Scotland side desperate to avenge their World Cup defeat to England.

Irish Independent

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