Borthwick to captain England in the Six Nations

Johnno has confirmed that Steve Borthwick will captain England in the 2010 RBS Six Nations, despite delaying the announcement and getting a few people’s hopes up.

Lewis Moody had been talked about as a potential captain, particularly as Borthwick’s place in the team is under threat from Simon Shaw and Courtney Lawes.

What do you think? Is consistency of selection the most important thing? Is Borthwick the man to lead England to a successful Six Nations campaign?

The following have also been called into the squad – currently training in Portugal this week – as cover for injured players:

Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Dan Ward-Smith (London Wasps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

9 thoughts on “Borthwick to captain England in the Six Nations

  1. Awful decision by Johnson. Not only is it wrong, it makes ZERO sense. People talk about whether he should pick a side that will develop for the world cup, or whether he should think short term. This does NEITHER. Borthwick is not the guy to lead a competitive England side into the world cup, nor is he the guy to spearhead England in the short term. He does not deserve his place let alone the captaincy. I wish Johnson would just come out and say exactly what his plan is, because it doesn’t seem there is one!

  2. “Johnno has confirmed that Martin Johnson will captain England in the 2010 RBS Six Nations”. That would be a vast improvement on Borthwick even if he has been in retirement for a few years.

  3. Sorry about the typo. I think my fingers were refusing to type what my brain was telling them because they know it’s a rubbish decision!

    James Barker – nail on the head. I can’t see much logic in this decision, particularly after he delayed naming the captain. Why did he do that?

  4. Borthwick again? I’ve heard it said that he’s a great captain, and this may be true, but it does not make him worthy of selection on that criteria alone. This is not the 1970s, this is not cricket, and he is not Mike Brearley.

    I can think of 4 of the more experienced second rows available who are clearly better and playing better (Shaw, Kennedy, Schofield, Skivington), and at least two guys (Lawes, Atwood) who would be good shouts for the future. Where’s the logic in selecting Borthwick as captain and ignoring skill, form and the future? Bizarre.

  5. Hasn’t he just confirmed him for the first game – rather than the entire series? If so, then that’s not as bad. I still can’t see why he would select him to play, let alone be captain. But if it’s game-by-game, that’s a step in the right direction, and leaves the door open to dropping him and/or selecting another captain.

  6. Rod this game by game BS and just get rid of Borthers altogether. I’m dismayed by this decision.

    We need to appoint someone as captain now who will takes us through to the RWC. I’d be slightly controversial and go for Dylan Hartley. He may have discipline problems but he’s leading a Northampton side on a strong upward curve and having grown up in NZ he will be all to aware of what England will face in 2011.

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