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Chris Robshaw named captain for Six Nations

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Robshaw will lead England in the Six Nations (©GettyImages)
Robshaw will lead England in the Six Nations (©GettyImages).

Chris Robshaw has been reappointed as England captain for the 2014 Six Nations tournament.

The Harlequins flanker led England throughout their 2013 Six Nations campaign before being rested for the summer tour of Argentina, he then led the team again throughout their Autumn internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.

The 27-year-old has captained the national side in 19 of their last 22 tests and although he was criticised for the penalty kick at the end of England's game against against South Africa which saw them lose 16-12 to the Springboks he has gained the confidence of coach Stuart Lancaster.

Lancaster believes Robshaw is a great leader and is deserving of the captaincy.

He told BBC Sport: "Chris is in the team on merit as a player but he has also shown himself to be an outstanding leader."

Robshaw is looking forward to taking on the role and believes his teammates are fully behind him. 

Robshaw told reporters: "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 autumn internationals and we can't wait for the challenge ahead, starting with a tough away match against France."

England travel out to Paris at the beginning of February in preparation for their game against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 8.

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