International Rugby
Robshaw confirmed as England skipper
ESPN Staff
October 30, 2012
England's Chris Robshaw calls the shots, England v Wales, Six Nations, Twickenham, London, February 25, 2012
England will be led by Quins flanker Chris Robshaw once again next month © Getty Images

Harlequins' Chris Robshaw has been confirmed as England's captain for the forthcoming end of year internationals.

The 26-year-old, who took on the England captaincy ahead of this year's Six Nations, has been re-appointed for the clashes with Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand next month. The Quins skipper has led his country in all but one of the eight Tests since Stuart Lancaster took charge and the head coach had no qualms about re-appointing him.

"Chris has been outstanding on and off the field and we are delighted that he will captain the team for what will be an immense challenge in the QBE internationals," said Lancaster. "We have a strong leadership group in this squad and I know that Chris will be well supported by them in the weeks ahead.

"It was important to wait until after last weekend's Aviva Premiership matches to check on everyone's form and fitness and not to interrupt the players' preparations. I have had the chance now to have a 1:1 catch-up with each player and we are really pleased to announce Chris as captain."

Robshaw said: "It's a real honour to be asked again. I enjoyed being captain in the Six Nations and in South Africa and this is a great group of players who really want to be successful.

"We are lucky to have some good leaders in the squad who I know I can work well with and count on their support. We have a huge opportunity to put a marker down over the next few weeks and just from training this morning you can see how keen the boys are to play."

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