Rugby: Robshaw to skipper England

Chris Robshaw has been confirmed as England captain for the upcoming internationals against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

The Harlequins captain has previously skippered his country in all but one of the eight matches to have taken place under head coach Stuart Lancaster.

"Chris has been outstanding on and off the field and we are delighted that he will captain the team for what will be an immense challenge in the internationals,'' said Lancaster.

"We have a strong leadership group in this squad and I know that Chris will be well supported by them in the weeks ahead.''

Robshaw said: "It's a real honour to be asked again. I enjoyed being captain in the Six Nations and in South Africa and this is a great group of players who really want to be successful.

"We are lucky to have some good leaders in the squad who I know I can work well with and count on their support.

"We have a huge opportunity to put a marker down over the next few weeks and just from training this (Tuesday) morning, you can see how keen the boys are to play.''

England begin their campaign against Fiji on November 10, before tackling Australia a week later, South Africa on November 24 and New Zealand on December 1.

All four matches will take place at Twickenham.

- AFP

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