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Hartley to captain England after Robshaw injury

18 June 2012

  • Chris Robshaw ruled out of final Test because of cracked bone in thumb
  • Dylan Hartley to lead England in Port Elizabeth

Dylan Hartley at an England training session

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England captain Chris Robshaw will miss Saturday’s third Test against South Africa after imaging revealed a crack in the bone of his right thumb.

The Harlequin suffered a blow in the first Test which settled down and he took a full part in training ahead of last Saturday’s game. However, Robshaw took another knock in the game at Coca-Cola Park at the weekend and imaging sent to England for specialist opinion has revealed the injury.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Chris, as you would imagine, is devastated. He has led us superbly in the last seven internationals and been one of our standout performers.

"But the medical advice is that he should not play and we have to trust that expert opinion. Dylan Hartley will captain the side. He has been a key part of our leadership group and I know he will step up to the task on Saturday.”

Robshaw added: “I’m absolutely gutted. I’ve been very proud and honoured to lead this group during the Six Nations and on this tour and it’s a difficult way to end the season.

"I know the lads can raise themselves for tomorrow and Saturday and I will be doing everything I can to support them.”