|Weight||110kg (17st 4lb)|
A triumphant start as England’s captain illustrated the credentials of Chris Robshaw, who led his side to four wins in five matches during this year's RBS 6 Nations Championship and 16 victories in 27 games overall, including the fabulous 38-21 triumph over New Zealand at Twickenham in December 2012.
It was England’s biggest win in the fixture, exceeding the 13-point margin at Twickenham back in 1936, and ended the All Blacks’ unbeaten sequence of 20 matches. Chris went on to lead his team to a 38-18 Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland at Twickenham in February 2013.
He was the RBS Man of the Match eight days later in the 12-6 triumph in Dublin over Ireland when his inspirational captaincy and all-action display was complemented by the distinction of being top tackler in the game with 14. Chris was also man of the match in the subsequent 23-13 victory over France and his 16 tackles were exceeded only by Louis Picamoles. Chris scored his maiden Test try against Australia at Twickenham in November 2013 and his second one when England beat Italy 52-11 in Rome this March.
An irresistible personal and team performance in the 24-22 win over France in Paris in March 2012 followed the defeats of Scotland and Italy on alien soil. He won his first cap against Argentina at Salta almost three years earlier and captained England impressively in seven consecutive matches before a cracked right thumb ruled him out of the third and final Test against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in June 2012.
He was the mainstay of the Harlequins pack six seasons ago, appeared in all 22 league matches and was on the field the seventh highest number of minutes (1,606) of any player in the Premiership.
Chris also made 226 tackles, the competition's second highest in the season. His contribution helped Harlequins to second place in the table, their best finish up to that point. He has been called the “new Richard Hill” because as well as having a high work rate, he shows true class as a tackler, forager, ball carrier and link man. It was illustrated when his 23 tackles in the 13-10 win over Ireland at Twickenham last February was the most by any player on either side. Chris also topped the tackle and carriers count against Wales a fortnight later.
A key member of the England Saxons side that beat Scotland A 36-19 to lift the 2008 Barclays Churchill Cup, he began playing when seven at Warlingham RFC. He was educated at Cumnor House School, Surrey, became the captain of Harlequins for 2010-11 and led the club to an historic first Aviva Premiership title in 2011-12.
Redhill-born Chris captained Millfield, where he was a contemporary of Gloucester’s Olly Morgan and Anthony Allen, now of Leicester Tigers, and shared in a Grand Slam at U21 level.
After playing in the first three matches, a broken leg ended his tournament prematurely but he recovered to appear in the 2006 IRB U21 World Championship. He represented the national U18 side and went on to study for a degree in Business Management at Roehampton University.
He scored two tries on his Harlequins debut in the 42-3 win over Birmingham & Solihull at Twickenham Stoop in January 2006 and by the end of last season, he had advanced to 192 appearances, including 129 in the Premiership. Chris was rested for the 2013 summer tour of South America but led England in all three Test matches in New Zealand in June this year.
10 points - 2T
2009 Arg (2) 2012 S, It, W, F, I, SA (1,2,), Fj, A, SA, NZ 2013 S, I, F, It, W, A, Arg, NZ 2014 F, S, I, W, It, NZ(1,2,3)
Last updated: June 24, 2014