The former Cumnor House schoolboy and Warlingham RFC junior player will lead out the England team in Saturday’s Calcutta Cup match against Scotland at Murrayfield.
“It’s a huge honour and a very proud day – hopefully one that will live in my memory for a long time to come. Thanks to everyone who has helped me, especially Quins,” said Robshaw, who was chosen for England on the strength of his captaincy of Harlequins.
“There’s lots of other leaders in the group and they have been great since we met up. It’s not about myself because there are six or seven guys around me who all have a massive role to play, whether that’s bossing scrums, line-outs, attack, defence.
“Stuart Lancaster, Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell have given us the game plan and it’s up to us to get it across to the other players to drive the standards and the squad forward in the right way,” Robshaw, 25, said.
Robshaw takes over at a difficult time for English rugby. As well as a disappointing performance at last autumn’s World Cup and the resignation as coach of Martin Johnson, the England squad has been subject to some controversy: Robshaw’s Harlequins team mate Danny Care has been suspended following a drink-driving offence, and the captaincy announcement was preceded by a few minutes by another disciplinary suspension, to full back Delon Armitage.
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