Robshaw retains England captaincy as other players released

Chris Robshaw will keep the England captain’s armband for the remainder of the RBS 6 Nations 2012, with his side facing tougher challenges ahead.

Lancaster said, “Chris has stepped into the role well and led a new team in two tough away fixtures. He is one of many leaders we could have chosen against Scotland and Italy but he has shown on and off the field the qualities required to captain a side. We feel it is right to make a call now that Chris will lead England for the rest of the RBS 6 Nations.”

This would suggest that Tom Wood may not be fit for England’s next fixture against Wales in 10 days’ time, and he doesn’t appear on the list of those released from camp.

The following players have been released to play for their clubs this weekend – some players will take the opportunity to prove their fitness and form, whilst others are clearly surplus to requirements.

Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)
Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Lee Mears (Bath Rugby)
Ben Morgan (Scarlets)
Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
Matt Stevens (Saracens)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
Rob Webber (London Wasps)

14 thoughts on “Robshaw retains England captaincy as other players released

  1. Good move. Robshaw has done well so far and with Wood still coming back from injury it is sensible to stick with the current captain. Possibly look at other candidates after the 6 nations but while the tournament is still running its best to keep things as is.

  2. Suprised at Palmer being released this weekend. The lads coming back need game time so i assume Parling is in with a chance of starting next week i hope not.
    What do you think the starting line up should be if everyone is fit after the weekend.

  3. Olney9 – You asked the question, so here goes.
    1. Corbisiero
    2. Hartley
    3. Cole
    4. Botha
    5. Palmer
    6. Wood
    7. Robshaw
    8. Morgan
    9. Dickson
    10. Hodgson
    11. Strettle
    12. Farrell
    13. Barritt
    14. Ashton
    15. Foden

    16. Webber
    17. Stevens
    18. Lawes
    19. Dowson
    20. Youngs
    21. Tuilagi
    22. Brown

    My only question would be about Wood. He has been injured for some time, and may need longer to recover.

  4. Not to bad sending those players back to prove their form. Our more fluid attacking players such as Flood, Tuilagi and Sharples have a chance to show Lancaster what they can bring to our already strong defensive game. Barritt/Tuilagi vs Roberts/Davies in the Wales game? That would bring a few tears to the eye.
    Hows this for a loose starting XV?

    9. Dickson (Youngs if Flood starts)
    10.Farrel (Flood, depending on this weekend)
    11. Strettle (rather have Sharples)
    12. Barritt

  5. If its not broke, dont fix it is a good mentality to have. But Englands attacking game is non-existant currently. We need a spark like an in form Youngs or Ashton or Tuilagi.

  6. We’ve got to have some change. I remember bemoaning Johnson’s “don’t change a winning team” mantra when we were playing crap but scraping wins. I don’t think Lancaster will make the same mistake. I think he will go with Dazza’s team, except Wood won’t be fit so Croft will start at 6. I would put Dowson at 6 and Croft on the bench. Hardest decision for me is at 13 – difficult to drop Barritt but the additional physicality of Tuilagi is hard to resist for the Wales game.

    1. Totally agree with the Croft/Dowson swap. I think Dowson will offer more in attack from 6 than Croft does. For me Tuilagi on the bench would be smart. Start with Barritt, if only to keep us in the game with his defence, then for the last 20-30 minutes bring on Tuilagi to bust a few holes.

  7. Agree with James except Courtney. Palmer would start,him or Dowson would be on the bench. 10 12 13 positions will decide the game.We have have to stop there big runners so Barrit and Tuilagi have to start.If they can stop them and get ball out to the back 3 we have a chance. At Twickenham the fowards should be pretty even looking foward to a great game.

  8. I think Owen Farrel’s defense has been outstanding and as such it would probably make sense to play him at ten with Barrit and Tuilagi in the centres for what will inevitably be a very physical game against Wales. Hodgson has played well but his defensive has lacked at test level in the past.

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