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Robshaw aiming for historic victory

Chris Robshaw is determined to sign off a remarkable season by leading Harlequins, the club that is in his blood, to their first Aviva Premiership title in Saturday's Twickenham final.

In his way stand Leicester - the eight-time finalists who are unbeaten in their last 11 matches and targeting a record 10th title - and the weight of history. Harlequins' victory at Welford Road in October was only their second against the Tigers in 28 meetings over the history of the Premiership.

But Robshaw has already achieved more this season than he could ever have imagined and so the prospect of facing Leicester holds no fears for the England captain, and Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea said: "This bloke ain't going out to come second."

There is no better example of Robshaw's competitive desire than his reaction to being omitted from England's Rugby World Cup squad last August.

Robshaw had been one of the outstanding performers in England's summer training camp and the rejection from Martin Johnson hit him hard.

It was also highlighted by one unnamed player in the leaked World Cup reports as an example of the England management's poor selection policy, but Robshaw bounced back emphatically to become England captain ahead of the RBS 6 Nations and to be named the Aviva Premiership player of the year.

To lift the Premiership title would be the crowning glory to a "surreal" campaign for Robshaw and seal a historic season for Harlequins.

"If someone had told me at the start of the year that this would all happen, I would have probably laughed at them," Robshaw told Press Association Sport. "It was very frustrating to miss out on the World Cup. You have your dark moments and your sulks.

"But you have to get back on the horse. When you come here you are not coming to a job, you are coming to do something that you love, with your mates.

"It is brilliant. You look at the first team and more than half have come through the academy. When you are in club colours you want to be playing in big finals, big games. They don't come much bigger than this. It will be a great occasion. It is everything you want to do as a player."


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