England captain Chris Robshaw wins prestigious Rugby Union Writers' Club award
Last Updated: 14/01/13 10:28pm
Chris Robshaw: Outstanding year for the England captain
England and Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw has been named as the Rugby Union Writers' Club personality of the year for 2012.
Robshaw was awarded the prestigious Pat Marshall Memorial Award after a memorable year in which he led Harlequins to their first Aviva Premiership title before becoming only the sixth England captain to enjoy victory over New Zealand.
The 26-year-old topped the RUWC poll ahead of England coach Stuart Lancaster, Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans and Argentina captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.
Robshaw had just a single Test cap to his name when he was handed the England captaincy for the 2012 Six Nations, in which a new-look side finished second to Wales.
He then played a vital role in Harlequins' thrilling Premiership victory over Leicester in the final at Twickenham, and he capped an outstanding year in December by inspiring England to a historic win over the All Blacks.
The RUWC also issued a special award to former Wales and British and Irish Lions fly-half Cliff Morgan, who won 29 caps for Wales and four for the Lions before launching a successful career in broadcasting.
Morgan was unable to attend the awards ceremony in London, but he did send a message of thanks.
He said: "What a lovely honour you have given me from the Rugby Union Writers' Club. An award of such graciousness is to be loved and treasured. Thank you. I am extremely honoured.
"As the ancient poet wrote: 'Many people walk in and out of your life but only true friends leave footprints in your heart'. That is what our wonderful game of rugby has given me - many true and dear friends."