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VIDEO - Collective spirit key to England's success says Robshaw

16 March 2012

  • English rugby moving forward again says skipper
  • Lancaster has connected with the players and it shows in the way we play - Robshaw

Captain Chris Robshaw believes that English rugby has moved forward under interim Head Coach Stuart Lancaster’s short time at the helm with a “collective” spirit within the squad.

His side face Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday and despite only coming together as a squad in January, still have an outside chance of winning the RBS 6 Nations if other results go their way.

The match is set to be the last of Lancaster’s interim tenure and his captain has been impressed with his time in charge.

Speaking exclusively to RFUtv from the tunnel at Twickenham after his captain’s run, Robshaw said: “Stuart has been great. He has given us a lot of freedom and the other coaching staff as well and I think he has connected with the players and I believe it shows in the way we play.

"We not only play for ourselves but for the country and also for the coaching team and all the backroom staff.

Chris Robshaw and Owen Farrell thanks fans in Paris following England's win over France

Photo: Getty Images

“It’s a real kind of collective unit about the team at the moment and it’s about moving English rugby forward again.”

Robshaw was handed the captaincy ahead of the Six Nations with just one cap to his name and reflecting on his time before he heads back to Harlequins club duty, Robshaw said: “It has been massive to come here and captain your country and it’s been a huge honour.

“Luckily I’ve got a week off before I go back and straight into Harlequins colours. I’m going to manage to get across to Abu Dhabi and Dubai and all those kind of places but I’ll be thinking about just relaxing for a week and then we have got Saracens at Wembley in front of 70-odd thousand.   

“It’s a special place to go back.”

While England are keen to put on a good performance at Twickenham to reward fans for their support, Robshaw said a win was the main task on the day.

He added: “It’s about building on what we’ve achieved so far.”