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Robshaw to captain England in Six Nations opener

Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw is to lead England in their opening two Six Nations matches, it was announced Monday. The 25-year-old flanker, capped just once against Argentina in 2009 replaces Lewis Moody after the former skipper announced his retirement from international rugby following England’s World Cup flop in New Zealand.

England interim coach Stuart Lancaster said Robshaw would lead England in the defending champions’ Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday and in their match against Italy in Rome the following weekend.

Robshaw, who has led Harlequins to the top of the Premiership table, was previously captain of England’s reserve Saxons side, where he worked alongside Lancaster.

“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 in a Rugby Football Union statement.

“There’s lots of other leaders in the group and they have been great since we met up.

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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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