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Chris Robshaw is to captain England for the remaining three matches of the 2012 RBS 6 Nations.
Having led England to away wins over Scotland and Italy, Harlequins’ Robshaw will next skipper the side against Wales at Twickenham Stadium on February 25 with both sides looking to maintain their 100% record in the Six Nations.
England interim Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said the 25-year-old had demonstrated leadership qualities on and off the field in the opening games of the tournament.
“Chris has stepped into the role well and led a new team in two tough away fixtures,” Lancaster said.
“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 6 Nations.”
Robshaw said he was looking forward to leading England out at Twickenham when England face Wales.
He said: “Captaining the team against Scotland was the proudest day of my life and to get the chance again against Italy was fantastic.
“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.”
Meanwhile, 15 players will be available for Aviva Premiership Round 15 this weekend when they leave the England camp tonight.
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Ben Morgan will also be available to the Scarlets for their RaboDirect PRO 12 match against Leinster, while Tom Palmer has been training with Stade Francais for their Top 14 Orange game against Toulon.
“It’s important that we support the clubs and also that players get some game time so we can see where they are really up to in terms of fitness and form before we head into a Test week against an on-song Wales,” said Lancaster.
Players available for Aviva Premiership Round 15/ RaboDirect PRO 12/ Top 14 Orange
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)
Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Lee Mears (Bath Rugby)
Ben Morgan (Scarlets)
Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
Matt Stevens (Saracens)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
Rob Webber (London Wasps)