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Season 2011/12

Robshaw backing Blues for title

  • 23 March 2012 13:26
  • Posted by David Clayton

England rugby union skipper Chris Robshaw is tipping City for the title.

The Harlequins captain recently took the armband for the Six Nations and almost led a young England side to glory recently as they finished second to Wales under new coach Stuart Lancaster.

As part of a recent Etihad promotion, Robshaw was at Carrington to meet Vincent Kompany for a photo-shoot but took time out to talk exclusively to

“I'm actually an Arsenal fan,” he smiled. “ I came up to Manchester with Etihad and it was great to meet Vincent and to compare Carrington to our training base in Guilford.

“Unfortunately it doesn't look like Arsenal's year, though we’ve come with a late run. Being connected with Etihad and Manchester City plus meeting Vincent who is such a top guy, it would be great to see City win the Premier League title.

“There's the big derby to come at the end of the year and it's going to be such an exciting finish.

I wish City all the best and hopefully they can win it

...Robshaw backing the Blues

Having made a terrific start to his own international career, Robshaw believes the Blues are in great hands under Kompany and thinks the Belgian will lead City to glory over the next few seasons.

“Being a captain is one of those situations where you just have to go out there and make sure everyone focuses on their own job, not to try and control everything else that happens and Vincent does exactly that.

“Go out there and do your job and let the guys who need to operate the attack or certain set-piece moves do their jobs. If you try to do too much and try to control everything, you can forget about your own game. That's the most important thing about playing out there as skipper; you need to hold your own.

“As for my own role with England, I was both frustrated but also happy that it went so well. I don't think many people would have expected us to have done as well as we did.

“There are a lot of positives to take from a new team who hadn't really played together before. There were only one or two caps between us, so I think we've come a long way.

“Of course, with hindsight you look back with ifs and buts, but that's professional sport these days.

It was a very proud moment for me to go into the Six Nations as captain

...Chris Robshaw

“It goes without saying we wanted to win it, but coming second was great for us. Now everyone has gone their separate ways and we're into the business part of the season with Harlequins. I’ll be keeping in touch with Vincent and keeping my fingers crossed for City.”

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