Chris Robshaw

Former England Captain

Chris Robshaw is an English rugby union player. He was the captain of the England national rugby union team from January 2012 until December 2015. Robshaw’s position of choice is in the back row of the scrum, usually flanker. Robshaw made his Premiership debut in the London doubleheader at the start of the 2007–08 season. He went on to be included in the England Saxons squad who won the Churchill Cup in the summer of 2008. Since the 2014-15 season, Robshaw has been the first team and club vice-captain of the London-based Harlequins club; he relinquished the captaincy to Joe Marler in order to focus on his duties as England captain.

Robshaw is a two-time Aviva Premiership Player of the Year winner, an award he first won following the 2008/9 season, and then again following Harlequins‘ title-winning campaign in 2011/12. He started and scored a try for Harlequins in their 2011–12 Premiership final victory over Leicester Tigers. Will Greenwood declared on 12 December 2008 that Robshaw was pushing for international honours owing to his current form, and he was fighting for a place on the upcoming Lions tour to South Africa, as an ‘uncapped’ Lion. Greenwood also went on to compare Robshaw to the World Cup-winning blindside flanker, Richard Hill.

Robshaw was named on 19 May 2009 in the England squad to play the Barbarians and Argentina. He played in a defeat by the Barbarians. Robshaw later replaced James Haskell in the starting line-up for the return fixture against the Argentines in Salta, Argentina, winning his debut cap in a Test match defeat by Argentina. On 25 January 2010, he was reinstated into the England EPS Squad, owing to a knee injury sustained by Tom Croft. Robshaw was overlooked for selection for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, despite impressing in the training camp.

In January 2012 Robshaw was announced as England captain for the first two games of the 2012 Six Nations, despite only previously obtaining a single cap. He went on to captain England throughout the rest of the tournament, featuring a clean sweep of away wins at Scotland, Italy and France, as well as a win at Twickenham against Ireland and a narrow loss to eventual Grand Slam winners Wales. He was retained as captain of the England side for their series defeat in South Africa, in which Robshaw played only two tests after fracturing his thumb. Despite defeats by both Australia and South Africa, Robshaw captained his team to victory against New Zealand at the end of 2012.

He scored his first Test try in England’s 20-13 win over Australia, on 2 November 2013. His second try was against Italy, in a 52-11 win. This was England’s last game in the 2014 RBS Six Nations. Robshaw was retained as captain for the 2015 Six Nations Championship and played every minute of England’s campaign. He was widely praised for his captaincy as England won the opening game 21-16 away in Wales, with the captain contributing a mammoth 26 tackles. However, the game started five minutes late because Robshaw engaged in a standoff in the Millennium Stadium tunnel, refusing to take his side out only to be left waiting in the cold by the Welsh.

However, England fell agonisingly short of the title on the final day of the championship, beating France 55-35 whilst needing to win by 27 points. This meant England would finish second for the fourth time in a row under the leadership of Robshaw and coach Stuart Lancaster. Robshaw lost his national captaincy in January 2016 to hooker Dylan Hartley but retained his place as a regular starter. He changed positions that year as well, being shifted to blindside flanker.

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