England captain Chris Robshaw wins prestigious Rugby Union Writers' Club award
England and Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw has been named Rugby Union Writers' Club personality of the year.
Last Updated: 14/01/13 10:28pm
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."