Robshaw sets sights on All Blacks

Chris RobshawChris Robshaw says England (7/2 World Cup 2015 outright) must “hit the ground running” and make Twickenham a fortress in the upcoming autumn international against New Zealand.

England take on the world champions at Twickenham on November 8 as part a Test series ahead of next year’s home World Cup.

Stuart Lancaster’s team will also face South Africa, Samoa  and Australia but Robshaw has set the early task of taking an All Blacks (11/8 World Cup outright) scalp.

“This series is huge for England,” he said. “We have to make Twickenham a fortress and hit the ground running against New Zealand on November 8.”

England captain Robshaw admits he is already feeling the benefit of Conor O’Shea’s decision to give the Harlequins armband to team-mate Joe Marler
The 28-year-old believes the relief of duties has taken a weight off his shoulders and Lancaster will hope it helps when he comes to lead England out in the World Cup opener against Fiji next September.

“It’s nice to take yourself out of the firing line and have the opportunity for a bit of down time,” Robshaw added. “It has taken the pressure off me.

“I’ve been able not to do certain things, such as appearances and launches, and spend a bit more time on the massage table and recovering.

“They’re only little things but they all add up.

“It was a bit odd not to lead out the team after four years as captain but I’m still part of the leadership group of players.

“I completely supported the decision to make Joe captain. Joe’s very much the man in charge of it all now and is doing a magnificent job.”

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