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Robshaw back to captain England in autumn series

By Alex Lowe

Chris Robshaw will captain England during next month's QBE Internationals, head coach Stuart Lancaster has announced.

The Harlequins openside will lead the team against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand after beating Tom Wood to a post he held during the RBS 6 Nations.

"Every time you pull on that white shirt it's a privilege. It's a huge honour to be named captain and to lead your country," Robshaw said. "But I've always said it's not about who you are but what you do, and I've got to make sure that I perform as a player first."

Robshaw (27) has led England in 16 of Lancaster's 19 games in charge, missing only the final Test against South Africa in June 2012 and both matches against Argentina during last summer's tour.

Overlooked by the British and Irish Lions for Australia and rested for the trip to South America, the openside was given the summer off by Lancaster.

"The first and foremost criteria for captaincy is to be on the team sheet and Chris is in there on his playing ability," Lancaster said.

"But on top of that he has a massive amount of respect within the squad and has led England well.

"Every team needs leaders; we are building a strong group and Chris is at the forefront of that leadership."

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