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England v New Zealand: Chris Robshaw ‘will never ever give up’

England v New Zealand: Chris Robshaw ‘will never ever give up’
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There is intimidation in sport, and http://www.nflgiantsofficialonline.com/GIANTS-ANDRE-WILLIAMS-JERSEY then there are statistical nightmares. This Saturday England will attempt to beat New Zealand on a ground where the reigning world champions have not lost a Test in 20 years, against a side who have won their last 30 matches at home, having beaten the All Blacks on their own turf only once in the lifetime of any of the players and with a team stripped of more than half those men who started their last match. It is perhaps a necessary thing, then, that they will be led out by a captain who thrives not only in adversity but in quietly tearing preconceptions apart. Chris Robshaw might not strike you as a man who has had to fight his way through life: a start at one of England's best public schools; graduation at Harlequins, traditionally the club of City boys and Sloaney girls; elevation to the England captaincy in his mid-20s, with all the deference and opportunity that brings. The turbulence beneath that calm exterior is easier to overlook: losing his father to a heart attack at the age of five; struggling with severe dyslexia at school; left out late of England's squad for the last World Cup, ignored entirely for the Lions squad a year ago. Even now, having led his country more Giants Justin Pugh Kids Jersey times than all but two men in history, he is sometimes derided as pleasantly prosaic, neither as darkly menacing as Martin Johnson nor as shimmyingly showbiz as Will Carling. And that, to those who know him best, is to both misunderstand the man and underestimate what his England side can achieve. "It's very easy to tell people what they can't do," says Conor O'Shea, Robshaw's director of rugby at Quins. "You'll talk to people, and they'll say, 'Chris can't do this' or 'He can't do that'. "And you think, have you not seen what he can do? Have you looked at his tackle count? Have you looked at the number of times he slowed the ball down? The number of rucks he makes? The number of times he acts as the pivot, or the first receiver? What about all those? Why are you telling me that he can't run like Usain Bolt? "He is relentless in his quest to be as good as he can be. He'll never ever give up. Ever. "This season, he pulled us across the line so many times. Whenever anyone said we were gone, he was the bloke saying, 'No we're not'. That desperation to impress, to advance with every step, was visible when rugby was an escape rather than a career. "My first impression of Chris when he arrived at school was how incredibly willing to learn he was," says Jonathan Brimacombe, who coached the 13-year-old Robshaw at Millfield through to his senior year. "He would listen and try very hard to put into place what you were asking him to do as a coach, in a way that was pretty unusual for a boy of that age. "He'd had a fair amount of difficulty in his life - his dad dying, and his learning difficulties, which were quite profound. He struggled with both his writing and processing information. "I think he saw rugby as an opportunity to express himself to his full potential, without having to worry about what he http://www.nflgiantsofficialonline.com/GIANTS-JOHNATHAN-HANKINS-JERSEY could or couldn't do. It was just an opportunity to say, 'Right, I'm good at this: I want to get better, and I want to do it to the best of my ability.'" "School work was always a struggle," Robshaw has admitted. "I had to work really hard to do things that other people found straightforward." He had been brought up in Surrey with his brothers James and Al, his mother Patricia's nursing homes business funding the boys' education at £11,000-a-term Millfield, the basics of his rugby schooling coming at Warlingham RFC just south of Croydon. "He didn't have much confidence in the things he felt he wasn't much good at," remembers Brimacombe. "His confidence came from his ability in rugby, and also the knowledge that he was trying as hard as he could. He had nothing to feel ashamed of if he couldn't do something, because he was doing the best that he could." Robshaw, sinewy rather than solid, began as a stand-in prop but developed as a flanker, the school's emphasis on good hands and quick movement manifested in their victory at the National Schools Sevens under his leadership. "I let the boys choose the captain, and they were in awe of Chris's work ethic," recalls Brimacombe. "He played in a very good side, with [future England internationals] Olly Morgan and Anthony Allen, and he probably wasn't the best player in the team from a purely rugby sense. http://www.friendsnow.net/index.php?do=/public/account/submit/add-blog/added_52660/ http://somdmda.org/jonathan_agnew_buttler_senanayake_run_out_incident http://creativemanufacturing.net/profiles/blogs/jonathan-agnew-on-buttler-senanayake-run-out-incident

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