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Graham Rowntree: Chris Robshaw can develop into a leader like Martin Johnson

Published 25/09/2015

Graham Rowntree has tipped Chris Robshaw, pictured, to become one of the best leader's England has ever had
Graham Rowntree has tipped Chris Robshaw, pictured, to become one of the best leader's England has ever had

Graham Rowntree insists Chris Robshaw can develop into a captain to match England's World Cup-winning skipper Martin Johnson.

Robshaw will overtake Johnson when he leads the Red Rose for a 40th time in Saturday's World Cup clash with Wales at Twickenham, placing him second outright behind Will Carling, who was at the helm for 59 internationals.

The Harlequins flanker's leadership has been questioned at times since succeeding Moody in 2012, but forwards coach Rowntree believes he is developing an aura of his own.

"Chris and Johnno are a pretty tough comparison to make, but with the signs he's showing and the way he's developing as a captain, he could go on to be the leader Johnno was," Rowntree said.

"I'm a big Johnno fan - I played under him for a long time - but what I like about Chris is that he is a doer.

"The lads follow him and follow his actions rather than what he has to say. They follow his actions, follow his work ethic. He's a very diligent player.

"Leading England at a home World Cup comes with a lot of pressure as well. It's a big ask that, to be the captain of this team at the moment.

"He's taken it in his stride and I'm hoping he's going to develop into the leader that Johnno was.

"The early signs are - well they are not that early any more - is that he's developing nicely."

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