Croydon rugby player to captain England

Croydon’s Chris Robshaw is to captain the England rugby team in the first game of its tour of Australia  and New Zealand.

Back-row forward Robshaw, 24, learnt his rugby playing at Warlingham RFC on Limpsfield Road, while attending Cumnor House prep school in South Croydon.

The Harlequins flanker was voted his club’s player of the season in 2008-2009, and is one of three south Londoners named in coach Martin Johnson’s squad to meet the Australian Barbarians in the tour opener in Perth.

Also in the squad is Leicester Tigers hooker George Chuter, who played his schoolboy rugby at Croydon’s Trinity School, and reserve scrum half Paul Hodgson, who was recruited by London Irish from Sutton & Epsom.

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