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Chris Robshaw selected as England captain

England boss Stuart Lancaster has opted for Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw as his skipper for the autumn internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham next month.

Robshaw, 27, first led England against Scotland in February 2012 and continued in the role for 16 Tests.

But having missed out on a British & Irish Lions place, he was rested for this summer's Argentina tour, when fellow back-rower Wood took over.

But head coach Stuart Lancaster has decided to stick with Robshaw.

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The decision is no surprise as the 27-year-old 2011/12 Premiership player of the year is the sort of understated but relentlessly reliable and efficient operator the coach admires.

Despite being criticised as "not a natural open side", Robshaw regularly tops the Premiership rankings for turnovers and tackles and has earned his place in the team on merit.

However, with several other new faces likely to feature in the Twickenham Tests, beginning against the Wallabies on Nov. 3, Lancaster was always likely to keep other disruptions to a minimum and keep faith with a man he respects highly.

Lancaster said: "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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