- Public vote names Chris Robshaw as best England performer in RBS 6 Nations
- The players gave it their all, I’m honoured to pick up this award – Robshaw
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England captain Chris Robshaw has been named Canterbury England Player of the Tournament for the 2013 RBS 6 Nations, as voted for by fans.
The 26-year-old, who has led England in 16 Test matches, shone during the run to a Grand Slam decider against Wales and a second place finish in the Championship, scooping Man of the Match awards in the victories over Ireland and France.
As well as the accolade of being named as the fan’s winning choice, Canterbury, the official kit sponsor of England Rugby, has given the Harlequins skipper the opportunity to donate a team kit to Warlingham RFC, his club team of choice, where he first started playing rugby.
Robshaw received an overwhelming 53 per cent of the poll and speaking about his pride at being voted for by the public said: “Thanks to all of the fans who voted and who have supported us throughout the Championship. It really does make a huge difference to the team knowing that we’ve got the country behind us. All of the players gave it their all for the last six weeks and there were some superb performances so I’m honoured to pick up this award.
“It’s fantastic that as winner I was given the opportunity to donate Canterbury kit to the youngsters at Warlingham RFC where it all began for me at the age of seven. I know the club will be delighted with the gift and it’s great that I’m able to give something back to a club that will always be very special to me.”
A quick review of the statistics from the Six Nations provide an obvious indication of the influence Robshaw has on Stuart Lancaster’s England team. While his insatiable appetite for unglamorous work around the pitch does not always grab headlines, it is clearly noticed by the rugby watching public.
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As well as consistently being in the top-three for hitting rucks throughout the competition, Robshaw contributed impressive numbers in every game. He was top tackler (14) against Scotland; top tackler (14) against Ireland; top carrier (16) against France, while grabbing four line outs; top tackler (20) and top carrier (11) against Italy; and top tackler (17) against Wales.
The flanker was also acclaimed for his calm and considered captaincy of the team, winning a poll on the England Rugby Facebook group for moment of the match after his composed leadership in the face of severe provocation during the victory over Ireland in Dublin.
Chris Stephenson, Canterbury CEO, added: “We’re thrilled to name Chris as the Canterbury England Player of the Tournament. He’s an extremely talented player who is respected by players and fans alike. It was great to see Chris’s local media and the ‘Mighty Warl’ get behind the vote and champion the captain to victory. Congratulations Chris and well done to all the England players shortlisted for the award.”
The other England players shortlisted for the award were:
- Dan Cole
- Owen Farrell
- Geoff Parling
- Manu Tuilagi
- Tom Wood