Australia v England: Chris Robshaw reflects on Test career before 50th game


Few players have gone through as many ups and downs with England as flanker Chris Robshaw.

The 30-year-old has experienced some exhilarating highs in his international career – captaining his country 42 times, beating the All Blacks, and winning a Grand Slam.

But there have been crushing lows – missing out on the 2011 World Cup, a group-stage exit from the same tournament four years later, and humiliation in Cardiff in between.

As he prepares to win his 50th cap in Melbourne this weekend, Robshaw talks BBC Sport through some of the key moments as an England player.

Leading from the front

Robshaw made his England debut in Argentina in the summer of 2009, but had to wait until the Six Nations in 2012 for his second cap.

Stuart Lancaster made the Harlequins player captain for the away match against Scotland, and it was a role he would fulfil for the bulk of the next four years.

Robshaw recalls: “It was incredible. Firstly to be back in the England set-up after a big wait wondering if that second opportunity was going to come, and then to lead the guys out as captain, was an incredible feeling.

“The game wasn’t particularly high-scoring, but to go there and win and pick up the Calcutta Cup – it really was a special day.

Source: BBC NEWS

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