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Robshaw to captain England in autumn tests

October 23, 2013

LONDON (AP) — Flanker Chris Robshaw has been chosen ahead of Tom Wood to captain England in next month’s autumn rugby tests against the Wallabies, Pumas and All Blacks at Twickenham.

Coach Stuart Lancaster confirmed the appointment on Wednesday.

Robshaw has led England in 16 of the last 19 tests, but was under some pressure from Wood. When Robshaw was rested for the summer tour of Argentina, Wood led England to two impressive wins over the Pumas.

Lancaster says, “The first and foremost criteria for captaincy is to be on the team sheet and Chris is in there on his playing ability. But on top of that he has a massive amount of respect within the squad and has led England well. Every team needs leaders; we are building a strong group and Chris is at the forefront of that leadership.”

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