Chris Robshaw insists England captaincy is anything but a lonely job
Last Updated: 30/10/12 8:25pm
Chris Robshaw reveals that he will be relying on 'a team full of leaders' as he prepares to skipper England in the autumn internationals.
Robshaw was named England captain for the Twickenham Tests against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand on Tuesday, resuming in the role in which he enjoyed success in last year's Six Nations before injury intervened on the summer tour of South Africa.
The Harlequins forward has won just nine England caps, but led his country on seven occasions, winning four games and losing three.
"It is a massive honour and a huge privilege," he told Sky Sports. "It is something very special getting to play for England, let alone lead the guys out. To play four massive games in front of 80,000 people at Twickenham is a very special time."
But Robshaw regards himself as first among equals in a team full of leaders. He added: "I have got a group of great leaders around me as well.
"You learn a lot with every experience you have. I have had a lot of great players around me as well. It has not been a one-man job. It has been up to that group of players to lead things, whether it be a lineout, attack, defence or just driving standards in training.
"I have had a lot of great players around me as well. It has not been a one-man job. It has been up to that group of players to lead things, whether it be a lineout, attack, defence or just driving standards in training."
"The coaches go out there and put a structure in place but it is up to us to keep on pushing it and giving the guys that extra push and hopefully we can keep improving."
Told that he looks 'every inch the captain' when he leads England out, Robshaw was asked if he feels very much 'the man' of this team?
He replied: "No. I think there is a group of us. I think everyone is becoming more experienced every time we go out on the pitch. That is what you need.
"It is not about having one leader, it is about having a number of leaders... generals and other guys who all go out there and all do what is needed for the team to perform and keep on improving as a team. Because that is what we have to do if we are going to be the best in the world."