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Robshaw to captain England in 6 Nations opener

Updated: January 30, 2012, 07:33


LONDON(AP) Harlequins backrow Chris Robshaw will captain England in Saturday's Six Nations opener against Scotland.

With Lewis Moody retired, Mike Tindall dropped and Tom Wood injured, the Rugby Football Union said Monday that the 25-year-old Robshaw will lead out the side at Murrayfield in just his second international.

Robshaw made his debut against Argentina in 2009 and failed to make the squad for last year's Rugby World Cup but was widely lauded for his attitude in training before being cut.

Stuart Lancaster has said he does not intend to pick a permanent captain during his spell as interim coach but will select from a group of leading players according to circumstances.

"It's a huge honor and a very proud day,'' Robshaw said. "There's lots of other leaders in the group and they have been great since we met up. It's not about myself because there are six or seven guys around me who all have a massive role to play, whether that's bossing scrums, lineouts, attack, defense.

"It's up to us to get it across to the other players to drive the standards and the squad forward in the right way.''

Wood was also a contender for the role but has been ruled out of the first two matches because of a big toe injury.

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