England Rugby: Owen Farrell offers Chris Robshaw backing


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England fly-half Owen Farrell believes that without question Chris Robshaw is the right man to lead the side into the upcoming Autumn International series.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster and his men are currently preparing to face Australia, Argentina and New Zealand in what will be good preparation for the Six Nations campaign early next year.

The England boss named his squad earlier this month but only recently confirmed that Harlequins flanker Robshaw would be wearing the armband for the three Tests at Twickenham.

Having missed out on the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia and being rested for England’s tour of Argentina over the summer, there were some questions over whether the 27-year-old would retain the captaincy for the encounters with the Rugby Championship teams.

Northampton Saints back-rower Tom Wood, who skippered the team in South America, was pushing Robshaw for the job but Lancaster has decided to stick with the Quins talisman.

Saracens No.10 Farrell, who is likely to start at fly-half for England against the Wallabies on November 2, is in no doubt that Robshaw is the right man to lead the side and feels the skipper has all the right qualities for the role.

He told Sky Sports: “He is someone we want to be led by. First and foremost he is a leader in the fact he goes out and does it himself.

“He is the hardest working player in the team and someone that leads by example massively. There is no one you would want to follow more than that.”

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