Robshaw relishing Murrayfield test
February 3, 2012
Chris Robshaw will lead England at Murrayfield © Getty Images
Chris Robshaw, England's newly-minted captain, has insisted that his side will attack Scotland in their Six Nations opener at Murrayfield on Saturday.
The Harlequins flanker, England's most inexperienced captain since Nigel Melville in 1984, leads a new-look side featuring three debutants in Edinburgh, where Andy Robinson's Scotland have hopes of a prized Calcutta Cup triumph.
Along with Robshaw, back-rower Phil Dowson and centres Brad Barritt and Owen Farrell have been waiting some time for a shot at Test level. The skipper believes they all have a "point to prove".
"Playing at Murrayfield is never going to be easy but it is something we are looking forward to," Robshaw said. "The young guys want to go out there and prove a point. They have been doing it for their clubs for so long and now they want to go out there and show the nation what they can do.
"Being at Harlequins, you get to see Twickenham a lot and you always want to be over there playing in these kind of big games. To come up here in your first Six Nations appearance is special."
Andy Farrell, England coach and father to debutant Owen, is relishing the challenge of facing not only Scotland, but also a packed Murrayfield.
"Is it hostile? It's a great place to play. I think it's exciting more than anything," he said. "It is one of the theatres of world rugby. It is a dream to get your first cap, and to do it in a Calcutta Cup game here at Murrayfield, with such history, is extra special.
"If you go on experience then of course we will be the underdogs - but we feel we have a side that is picked on form. We have got a lot of young guys in our side but guys who have been playing in massive matches of late. Chris is captain of a side at Harlequins that are right at the top of their game.
"We will be ready for any type of game that Scotland throw at us. I wouldn't say we are that confident that we have made any T-shirts yet but the guys have belief from how tight they are. We're hoping to get a great performance that's going to do everybody proud this weekend and we'll wait and see what happens."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
As Ray McLoughlin prepares to celebrate his 75th birthday, Huw Richards pays tribute to the man and the selectors who had the wisdom to bring him into the Ireland fold
John Taylor argues the world's best XVs players must be given a chance to play in the Olympics to increase the appeal of the game
The All Blacks' form is not a peaking issue, but Hansen must threaten to wield his axe, to demand improvement, Craig Dowd writes
"It has been the World Cup that smashed down the gender barriers of the sport." Tom Hamilton looks back at a remarkable tournament