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Robshaw welcomes appointment of empathetic Lancaster

29 March 2012

  • Robshaw delighted with the permanent appointment of Lancaster
  • England’s most recent captain points to his empathy with the players
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster with his players after the victory over Ireland at Twickenham

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Chris Robshaw has welcomed the appointment of Stuart Lancaster after the interim Head Coach’s tenure was made permanent until January 2016 today.

The Harlequins skipper was chosen by Lancaster to lead England for the RBS 6 Nations and was ever present as England recorded four wins from five – including a historic three away from home – for second place in the Championship.

Robshaw pointed to the respect and trust Lancaster quickly established with the squad as a key factor in their success, with the players responding on the pitch.

Speaking on behalf of England Senior Elite Player Squad, the 25-year-old said: "I would like to congratulate Stuart on his appointment not just on my behalf but also on behalf of all the players that worked with him in England’s Six Nations squad. 

"In all his dealings with that squad during the Six Nations Stuart displayed a real empathy with the players, earning their respect and trust, and a vision for how he wanted England to play.  The players responded to him and the results are there for all to see."

Robshaw, who regularly topped England’s tackling and carrying stats during the tournament, added that he is indebted to Lancaster for giving him the honour of leading his country.

He said: "I was privileged to be asked by him to captain the team in the Championship and look forward to working with him in the future if I am selected."