England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster has confirmed Chris Robshaw as captain for the QBE Autumn Internationals. Here the Harlequins flanker tells Lorraine Crighton-Smith why he can’t wait to return to Twickenham Stadium
It’s an exciting time for English rugby. What are you most looking forward to?
It’s a massive year ahead. I think probably [I am most looking forward to] the autumn series coming up, the QBE series, it’s so exciting. You look at the four teams coming over to Twickenham and it is the who’s who of world rugby. They’re the teams that every guy, every player, wants to play against, and it’s great to have it and be back at Twickenham – the best stadium going – and in front of 80,000 English fans who really give you that buzz.
What goes through your head when running through the tunnel at Twickenham?
I’m just hugely excited. As a player you’ve always wanted to play at Twickenham, with Quins, the Big Game, the Double Header we’ve probably played there a little bit more than most of the Premiership sides… it really is a second home. When you play an international [at Twickenham]… with England… the amount of people that always come is outstanding.
‘Chris continues to lead from the front and with other players now stepping up into captaincy and senior roles at their clubs, we are building a team of leaders who can take England forward,’ says Stuart Lancaster.
For full details of the squad visit Englandrugby.com