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Robshaw hoping for England chance

Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw is hoping that Lewis Moody's injury will give him the chance to stake a claim for a regular place in the England squad.

England head coach Martin Johnson is expected to name a replacement for the Bath flanker, who has been ruled out of the first three matches of the RBS 6 Nations due to a knee injury, on Monday and Robshaw, along with Andy Saull, Tom Wood and Phil Dowson, is a potential candidate.

Robshaw said: "I'll have to wait and see if I'm picked as Lewis' replacement. It's a long time since I made my debut but I'm hoping that I will be able to squeeze myself in. If I did get in it would be a good opportunity. It will be a good test of the squad to prove that they are good enough to do well in New Zealand."

Robshaw's only full cap came against Argentina in 2008 although he did captain England in their unofficial game against the New Zealand Maori last year.

He never lost faith in his ability though and admits being compared to Richard Hill by Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea has been a big boost to his confidence.

"It's one of those things I fell out of form a bit," Robshaw said of not adding to his one England cap. I missed an opportunity here and there, but it's all about consistency.

"You have to keep improving yourself with Quins and as long as I do that then fingers crossed I'll be able to move on to bigger and better things.

"It's always pretty flattering when I get compared to Richard Hill," he added. "It's a very nice compliment. He's a player who has got all the plaudits, the caps and the trophies.

"He is one of those amazing players out of the last generation like Lawrence Dallaglio. They were a special breed and to be associated with someone from that group is great for me.

"I still have a long way to go even before I get halfway to what he achieved though."

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