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Robshaw keen to support successor if relieved of England captaincy

Chris Robshaw will offer his support to his successor if relieved of the England captaincy as he concentrates on securing his place in Eddie Jones' team.

The Harlequins flanker is expected to be stripped of the leadership duties for the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations with Dylan Hartley favourite to be installed as skipper, providing he recovers from the concussion that has kept him out since November.

Robshaw is not Jones' preferred openside. Credit: PA

Robshaw is not Jones' preferred openside, instead the number six jersey is his most likely home and the 29-year-old knows he must focus on ensuring his ongoing presence in England's back row.

"I'm not sure what will happen with the captaincy, that's down to Eddie. If Eddie continues with me as captain I'd be hugely honoured," Robshaw said.

"If he decides to go to someone else then I'd respect that decision and fully back the person who comes in.

"As a player you want to be part of that team and my mentality is to first and foremost make sure I'm part of that team.

"That has to be the focus, to make sure I'm playing. Yes the World Cup didn't go according to plan, but it's still a very exciting group of players that England have.

"We didn't perform as well as could have, but there's a huge amount of potential there."

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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.