Robshaw says Quins job is half done

Eye on the prize: Quins captain Chris Robshaw with his Aviva Premiership player of the season award

Eye on the prize: Quins captain Chris Robshaw with his Aviva Premiership player of the season award

First published in Harlequins Your Local Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

He may have enjoyed a dream season to date, captaining England and finishing top of the Premiership pile with Harlequins, but for Chris Robshaw the job is only half done.

The Kingston-based 25-year-old, who saw off competition from team-mate Mike Brown to win the Aviva Premiership player of the season award, led England to second place in the Six Nations in March, while also making 16 league appearances for Harlequins.

Harlequins go head-to-head with Northampton tomorrow in the Premiership play-off semi-finals at the Stoop, with nine Quins – including the club’s captain – preparing to be part of England coach Stuart Lancaster’s plans for the summer tour to South Africa.

The carrot of a Twickenham Premiership Final appearance on May 26 beckons, while Robshaw will also be aiming to be the first England skipper since Martin Johnson to lead England to victory in South Africa.

He may have enjoyed the applause of his peers on Tuesday night – but Robshaw is desperate to ensure his season finishes with competition silverware – not personal glory.

“If someone had said a year ago that this would be the season I would have had with Quins and England I would probably have laughed at them,” he said.

“It’s been a tremendous year, to captain the England team was a real honour and to finish top of the pile with Harlequins is great.

“I do look back and reflect on the Six Nations and think ‘That was a great couple of months’, but the club are great at bringing you back down to earth.

“This is when the real hard work starts because we haven’t won anything yet.

“The home semi-final is massive, Saints are a very strong side but with a big Stoop support it should be a cracker.

“It’s a one-off game. We know how the league works and we just need to get on with it.”

Robshaw excelled in the Six Nations, becoming the first England skipper to win three away championship fixtures.

But South Africa, where England last won in 2000, dominates his thoughts.

“I’ve never been there and I want to test myself,” said the Quins skipper.

“Everyone talks about the physicality, it’s a challenge for us as we look to go down there and win the test series.

“South Africa is one of those places we know is going to be tough, but we don’t want to just be doing it at home, we want to go into teams’ backyards and do it there.”

Tickets for the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham on May 26 are available with a free rugby shirt at premiershiprugby.com /freeshirt.

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