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Chris Robshaw re-appointed captain for RBS 6 Nations

17 January 2014

  • Lancaster praises openside's leadership during QBE Internationals
  • “We want to kick on, starting with a tough away match against France” – Robshaw
Chris Robshaw

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Chris Robshaw has been re-appointed England as captain for the forthcoming 2014 RBS 6 Nations.

Since taking the reins for Head Coach Stuart Lancaster’s first game against Scotland in February 2012, the Harlequins skipper has led England in 19 of their last 22 Tests – only missing the third Test in South Africa in June 2012 through injury and last summer’s series in Argentina, for which he was rested.

Lancaster said: “Chris is in the team on merit as a player first and foremost but he has also shown himself to be an outstanding leader for Harlequins and England. He led us well during the QBE Internationals and I have no doubt that, as he goes into his third RBS 6 Nations as captain, he will do likewise.”

Robshaw added: “Stuart rang me yesterday and, as with every time he has asked me, it is a great privilege. To lead your country is a massive honour but I am fortunate to have a group of players and leaders who support me in that. We want to kick on from the QBE Internationals and we can’t wait for the challenge ahead, starting with a tough away match against France.”

Pending fitness following this weekend's Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup fixtures, the below squad will meet up at Pennyhill Park on Monday, January 20.

Alex Corbisiero and Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), as well as Marland Yarde (London Irish) will also attend camp for assessment and treatment by the England medical team as part of their ongoing recovery from injury.

England RBS 6 Nations squad (35)

Forwards (18)

David Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Matt Mullan (London Wasps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs (17)

Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)