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Robshaw tipped for British & Irish Lions captaincy

England captain Chris Robshaw celebrates victory over New Zealand

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Article Published: Wednesday 19 December 2012|

Wales legend Gareth Edwards has tipped England captain Chris Robshaw to be name British and Irish Lions captain on the tour to Australia in 2013.

Welshman Edwards says that he would prefer to see Wales captain Sam Warburton leading the British and Irish Lions but conceded that Robshaw has a stronger case.

Edwards says that if England can build on their shock victory over the All Blacks last month Robshaw has every chance of leading the Lios.

The former British and Irish Lions scrumhalf (in 1971 and 1974) admitted that Warburton's chances have taken a blow with Wales' seven match losing streak.

"If Sam can recapture the form he showed 12 months ago he'd be my choice, but should England build on that win over New Zealand Chris must come under consideration," Edwards told the Mirror.

"He's playing well, he's proved his ability against the very best and beating the All Blacks will have given England a tremendous amount of confidence."

"It has shown what this England team is capable of. England are very much the ones to watch in the Six Nations."

Edwards did however point out that Lions coach Warren Gatland was at one stage suggest that flanker Robshaw would struggle to make the tour party but after his performance against the All Blacks he is now strongly back in favour.

"England brought a violent attitude to the breakdown against New Zealand, which we've not seen before and Chris was definitely part of that," raved Gatland.

"There was an aggression there, an intensity. Chris had a huge impact on that."

Edwards still however says that if Robshaw can find his form again then he may just get ahead of Robshaw in the pecking order.

"I'm a big fan of Robshaw," he said. "I like the way he's playing and I think he captained England particularly well. "

"That win over New Zealand ­highlighted his capability, without any question."

"Equally, there's no doubt Sam at his best would be a fine leader - but it's been a tough autumn for Wales, who I thought looked somewhat jaded."

"Sam, I feel, is coming into a bit of form, but much depends on the Six Nations. Warren picks on form - not on reputation."

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