- “A captain has to be on the team sheet and Chris is there” – Lancaster
- “It’s not about who you are but what you do” – Robshaw
Chris Robshaw has been named as England’s captain for the QBE Internationals.
Since taking the reins for the first time against Scotland in February 2012, the Harlequins skipper has led his country in 16 of their last 19 Tests – only missing the third Test in South Africa last June through injury and being rested for this summer’s series in Argentina, where Tom Wood took charge of a historic 2-0 series win.
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Today, though, Head Coach Stuart Lancaster confirmed Robshaw’s reappointment for fixtures against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham next month.
Lancaster said: “First and foremost among criteria for captaincy is to be on the team sheet and Chris is in there on his playing ability. But on top of that he has a massive amount of respect within the squad and has led England well.
“Every team needs leaders – we are building a strong group and Chris is at the forefront of that leadership.”
Robshaw added: “Every time you pull on that white shirt it’s a privilege. It’s a huge honour to be named captain and to lead your country. But I’ve always said it’s not about who you are but what you do and I’ve got to make sure that I perform as a player first.
“We have some good leaders across the squad and I know we will support each other as we head into a massive game against Australia.”