Former England captain Chris Robshaw announced on Monday that he will be leaving Harlequins at the end of the season after 16 years with them.
The 33-year-old shared on a social media post that he will be “hanging up my Harlequins shirt”.
He did not specify what the next step in his career will be, but RugbyPass reported last week that he is due to meet with Rugby United New York this week with a view to playing Major League Rugby next season.
The flanker is undoubtedly a Harlequins legend, with only Mike Brown playing more games for the club.
Many of his current and former team-mates have paid tribute to him, praising the 66-cap England international for his work rate and commitment.
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These are qualities that are always on display whenever he plays as he is usually the most industrious player on the field and he remains a consistent and reliable performer.
His club’s CEO Laurie Dalrymple even described him as the “personification of Harlequins”.
— James Horwill (@JHorwill) February 3, 2020
— Alex Dombrandt (@Alex_dombrandt) February 3, 2020
Congratulations on a amazing career. It was a pleasure to play alongside u and u always lead by example in your work rate. All the best for the next chapter u will smash it ?
— Tom Youngs (@TomYoungs87) February 3, 2020
Congratulations on a wonderful career. You were always a pleasure to referee on and off the field, a great man. Best of wishes for whatever the future holds for you on the field or off it and thanks for all you have done to support the LGBT community too.
— Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) February 3, 2020
Congratulations on a great career Robbo, you introduced me to new levels of commitment and dedication. #nextchapter
— Dave Ward (@Dave_Ward2) February 3, 2020
— Laurie Dalrymple (@LaurieDalrymple) February 3, 2020
Robshaw has been at the heart of all of Harlequins’ success in recent years, captaining them to Premiership glory in 2012 and even scoring a try in the victorious final against Leicester Tigers.
He was reinstated as captain this season by Paul Gustard and with his side in sixth place in the league, just one point behind fourth-place Gloucester, he will hope to finish his time with Quins on a high.
It hasn't taken the ex-Wallaby long to secure alternative employment following last week's TV setback, and other star names could follow him to America in 2021 https://t.co/p5YF4odhqV
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) January 28, 2020
While nothing has been confirmed about his future yet, a move abroad would end his hopes of playing for England again – although he has not played at Test since June 2018.
With five months remaining of his time at The Stoop, he still has plenty to give, but many of his team-mates have highlighted what a player he has been for Harlequins and England.
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