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England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster, who confirmed the appointment at this evening’s squad meeting, said: “Chris stepped into the role 12 months ago, when we were building a new team, and he has grown as a leader on and off the field.
“He showed those leadership qualities during the QBE Internationals, and especially against the All Blacks when the whole squad got behind him. We have a number of leaders and I know they will all take this team forwards with Chris as we look to kick on from that result.”
Robshaw, who has said: “Stuart told me this afternoon and I am really pleased to be asked again. There are other leaders in the squad that Stuart could have turned to so I am really honoured. The lads have been great over the last year and now we our focus is on building on the New Zealand performance and getting a result against Scotland.”
Also, in injury news, Freddie Burns was today assessed by the England medics in consultation with Gloucester Rugby following the knee injury sustained in the Amlin Challenge Cup on Saturday.
The fly half will stay with England at their Leeds training camp and his knee will be scanned over the next few days to establish the full extent of the problem.