Robshaw named England captain for Six Nations

Captain fantastic: England's Chris Robshaw celebrates with the Calcutta Cup Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Captain fantastic: England's Chris Robshaw celebrates with the Calcutta Cup Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

First published in Harlequins

Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw has admitted skippering England against Wales at Twickenham is a different ball game to leading the team to wins over Scotland and Italy.

The 25-year-old has been named as captain of his country for the rest of the Six Nations starting with the World Cup semi-finalists' visit to rugby HQ next weekend.

“Captaining the team against Scotland was the proudest day of my life and to get the chance again against Italy was fantastic," he said.

"To do so at Twickenham would be something else and I’m thankful to the coaches for giving me that opportunity and to all the lads for helping me over the last few weeks.

"For now I’m just focusing on training hard and helping us get ready to play a strong Welsh team.”

Acting England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster, added: “Chris has stepped into the role well and led a new team in two tough away fixtures.

"He is one of many leaders we could have chosen against Scotland and Italy, but he has shown on and off the field the qualities required to captain a side.

"We feel it is right to make a call now that Chris will lead England for the rest of the RBS Six Nations.”

Meanwhile, Quins team-mates Mike Brown, Jordan Turner-Hall and Joe Marler are among 15 players from England's elite player squad to be made available for Aviva Premiership Round 15 this weekend.

Quins host Worcester Warriors on Saturday.

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