Former England captain Chris Robshaw admits he broke down in tears following a victory over Wales in the 2016 Six Nations.


The Harlequins captain was speaking to BT Sports Rugby Tonight about how he dealt with leading England’s unsuccessful 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign, where despite being hosts England didn’t emerge from the pool stages of the competition.

The 32-year-old admits that the pool stage loss to Wales, and the World Cup in general, has left him scarred. The Redhill born forward – who is ranked as the 13th best blindside in the Premiership by the RugbyPass Index – was remarkably candid.

“We played Wales and beat them, and almost lost actually at the end unfortunately,” Robshaw told the panel. “We’re doing a lap of honour and I just couldn’t couldn’t hold it in.”

“We were going into the changing room and I just broke down. I think emotionally it just all kind of came out. The players were brilliant around me.”

“That and then beating Australia that summer was definitely kind of closure on that chapter for me.”


The 66 times capped flanker is currently recovering from injury but is expected to be available for Harlequins and potentially England.

The 32-year-old underwent surgery on a knee injury sustained in the Gallagher Premiership Fixture against Saracens in October.

Speaking in October, Harlequins Head of Rugby Paul Gustard commented: “We are hugely disappointed to lose Chris for a short period of time while he recovers from this injury.

“Not least because he has been one of our standout performers across our first seven games this season and also because this period in the calendar provides the opportunity to represent England in the Autumn Internationals and I am sure he would have featured strongly in Eddie Jones’ plans for those matches.


“Knowing Chris’ character and resilience I am confident he will make the most of this opportunity and come back even better and stronger. He will still play an active role in leading our team despite not being able to take the field.”

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