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Harlequins skipper Chris Robshaw has been re-appointed England captain for the 2014 RBS Six Nations.

Since taking the reins for head coach Stuart Lancaster’s first game against Scotland in February 2012, the the 27-year-old back row has led England in 19 of their last 22 Tests – only missing the third Test in South Africa in June 2012 through injury and being rested for last summer’s series in Argentina.

Lancaster said: “Chris is in the team on merit as a player first and foremost but he has also shown himself to be an outstanding leader for Harlequins and England.

"He led us well during the QBE Internationals and I have no doubt that, as he goes into his third RBS Six Nations as captain, he will do likewise.”

Robshawsaid: “Stuart rang me yesterday and, as with every time he has asked me, it is a great privilege.

"To lead your country is a massive honour but I am fortunate to have a group of players and leaders who support me in that.

"We want to kick on from the QBE Internationals and we can’t wait for the challenge ahead, starting with a tough away match against France.”