Chris Robshaw 'an inspiration to all young Warlingham players', says skipper
ZAC KING says Chris Robshaw is an inspiration to all young rugby players at Warlingham.
The former Warlingham minis player was this week re-appointed as England captain ahead of the forthcoming RBS Six Nations.
And Wars skipper King said it was fantastic for the club to have representation at the highest possible level.
He said: "Chris has done a great job and he is a fantastic player.
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"His dedication and commitment is clear to see on the field and his attitude is a massive example to all the youngsters at the club.
"It is fantastic for us to wheel out that he was from Warlingham and it is great for our young players to see what is attainable."
And King says it also speaks volumes of the England skipper that he does not forget his roots, having visited Hamsey Green last year to help coach some of the club's youngsters.
"He was nice and friendly and he still recognises his club and where he has come from," said King.
"And it was fantastic that he took the time to come and see some of the young guys."
One young player, 11-year-old Archie McMillan, also had the opportunity to walk out with Robshaw as mascot for England's match with South Africa at Twickenham last November.
And the young Warlingham junior said it was a great occasion to meet one of his idols.
Meanwhile, England head coach Stuart Lancaster has praised his skipper, who led England to second place last year in the Six Nations, before receiving the prestigious Pat Marshall award at the Rugby Union Writers' Club dinner.
In doing so, the Harlequins flanker became the first England captain since Martin Johnson in 2003 to win the award and only the third in the 52-year history of the award.
Lancaster said: "Chris stepped into the role 12 months ago when we were building a new team, and he has grown as a leader on and off the field. He showed those leadership qualities during the QBE Internationals, and especially against the All Blacks, when the whole squad got behind him.
"We have a number of leaders and I know they will all take this team forwards with Chris as we look to kick on from that result."
Robshaw himself said he was really pleased to be asked again.
He said: "There are other leaders in the squad that Stuart could have turned to so I am really honoured.
"The lads have been great over the last year and now our focus is on building on the New Zealand performance and getting a result against Scotland."
England begin their Six Nations campaign at home to Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday, February 2.