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'Properly gutted' - Chris Robshaw's nightmare start to MLR career continues

By Ian Cameron
Chris Robshaw (Getty)

Chris Robshaw’s dreadful start to his MLR career with San Diego Legion is continuing after the former England skipper dislocated his shoulder for the second time this season.

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Back in April the former Harlequins man impressed on his debut for the Major League Rugby club but was forced off late in the second half a shoulder injury – which turned out to be a dislocation.

Unfortunately for the 35-year-old, lightning has struck twice, with the flanker lasting just 50 minutes against the LA Giltini’s before being forced off with a reoccurrence of the same injury. It was just his third game since returning to play from the original injury.

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Robshaw wrote on Twitter beside a picture of him on the sidelines: “Again. Nightmare. Properly gutted.”

San Diego were fighting to keep their slim playoffs hopes alive. Their first meeting with LA in April was a convincing loss and again the Legion were beaten by the league-leading Giltinis, 19 – 13 in the inaugural California Cup.

Robshaw made the move to San Diego after a remarkable 16-years with Harlequins. Capped 66 times by England, Robshaw was hoping made an impact in the fledgling league but it looks like his season could be over. Robshaw has another season to run in his contract and will be hoping to have more luck on the injury front on 2022.

The 6’2, 110kg loose-forward made his Quins’ first-team debut in 2005 having developed through the Harlequins Academy and went on to make over 250 appearances for the West London club. He is a two-time Premiership Player of the Year winner and scored in Harlequins’ famous Premiership Final victory over Leicester Tigers in 2012.

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The Redhill-born back rower was also a crucial part of England’s unbeaten 2016, playing in every match of the Six Nations Grand Slam, the 3-0 whitewash of Australia and the four Old Mutual Wealth Series wins.

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finn 5 hours ago
Why the world needs a reverse Lions tour

I think there’s a lot of reasons this wouldn’t work, but if we’re just proposing fun things how about a “World Series” held the june/july following a world cup. The teams competing each four years would be: the current world champions The Pacific Islands The British & Irish Lions The World XV Barbarians FC to ensure all teams are fairly evenly matched, the current world champions would name their squad first; then The Pacific Islands would name next, and would be able to select any pacific qualified players not selected by the world champions, including players already “captured” by non-pacific nations who would otherwise have been eligible for selection (eg. Bundee Aki); the Lions would select next; and then The World XV and Barbarians FC would be left to fight over anyone not selected. Some people will point out that 5 teams is too many for a mid-year round robin, particularly as it would be nice to have a final as well; and they would be right! But because we’re just having fun here we’re going to innovate an entirely new format for rugby, where the round robin is played in one stadium over the course of one day, with each game lasting just 40 minutes with no half time or change of ends. The round robin decides the seedings for the knockouts, which are contested by all 5 teams in one stadium over the course of one day, according to the following schedule: Knockout Round 1: seed 5 v seed 4 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Quarter Final: winner of Round 1 v seed 3 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Semi Final: winner of Quarter Final v seed 2 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Final: winner of Semi Final v seed 1 (played as a standard 80 minute rugby match) for the round robin, teams would name a 15 man starting lineup and a 16 man bench. Substitutions during games can only be made for injuries, but any number of substitutions can be made between games. The same rules apply for the finals, except that we return to having a regular 8 man bench, and would allow substitutions as normal during the 80 minute final.

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