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Robshaw rejected surgery for Six Nations

England skipper Robshaw couldn't face the prospect of missing the Six Nations. Credit: PA

England captain Chris Robshaw has revealed that his decision not to undergo shoulder surgery was driven by next month's Six Nations Championship opener against Wales in Cardiff.

Robshaw is set to return to action on Saturday when his club Harlequins tackle Aviva Premiership rivals Leicester.

Had Robshaw gone down the surgery route, he would have faced three months out, missing the entire Six Nations campaign.

You don't want to miss out on these occasions, especially going back to the Millennium, you simply don't.

You don't want to be on the sofa watching on TV as everyone else is going into battle. We want to try and rectify what happened there two years ago.

I wanted to be in Cardiff. That was in my mind when I hurt my shoulder. I saw a couple of specialists who went through the options. Once I knew that rest and rehab could do the job, then it was decided to go down that route. You want to be out there playing. Simple as that."

– Chris Robshaw speaking to the Telegraph


Could Robshaw become England's third overlooked?

England skipper Chris Robshaw could become the country's third captain of the professional era to be overlooked for a Lions tour following Phil de Glanville (1997) and Steve Borthwick (2009).

Chris Robshaw conducts the captain's run at Twickenham Stadium, London, March 2009 Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

With Wales' Sam Warburton pitched as the bookies' favourite for the British and Irish Lions captaincy, he may have seen off competition from Irish pair Paul O'Connell and Brian O'Driscol.

Paul O'Connell, Munster Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

It is thought there will be few surprise selections, and none of the players will know about their Lions selection until tour manager Andy Irvine reads out the names during a mid-morning press conference.

The ten-match tour begins in Hong Kong against the Barbarians on June 1, followed by games in Australia, including three Test match appointments with the Wallabies.