To celebrate the former England rugby captain coming to Rileys Haymarket on 11th August, we’re looking back on his ten years in top level rugby. From pulling on a Harlequins shirt in 2005, to being named Aviva Premiership Player of the Year, captaining his country and winning his 50th cap in the series win over Australia last month, Robshaw has had an eventful time in rugby.
Take a look at some of the moments that stand out in his illustrious career. Plus we’re offering readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to the event, simply scroll to the bottom of this page to find out.
After impressing as captain for local side Millfield, ‘Quins snapped Chris up where he made his debut in 2005. The team were playing in the National Division One back then, but returned to the Premiership at the end of the season.
Premiership Player of the Year
Chris was recognised for his outstanding play in the 2008/09 Premiership season and awarded the player of the year. He played in every game as ‘Quins finished second to Leicester and reached the quarterfinals of the Heineken Cup. Robshaw made an impressive 32 appearances, scoring 4 trys in the league.
Challenge Cup winner
Harlequins went all the way in the 2011 Amlin Challenge Cup, defeating Stade Francais in the final in Cardiff to lift the trophy for a record third time. Robshaw captained the side, playing a full 80 minutes.
England captaincy and Premiership title
What a year 2012 was for Chris. He lead his side to their first ever Premiership triumph, scoring in the final to defeat Leicester Tigers. This was capped off by being named Premiership player of the year for a second time. Chris was also named England captain for the Six Nations campaign where his side were narrowly beaten to top spot by a strong Welsh outfit.
Beating the All Blacks
After what had been an exceptional year so far, Chris took his 2012 triumphs to a new level when he lead England to a historical win over the number one side in World Rugby. New Zealand, unbeaten in 20 matches before taking on England at Twickenham, were outplayed in every area of the game as the men in white ran out 38-21 victors.
2015 World Cup
Chris carried his captaincy into the Rugby World Cup, hosted by his country.
2016 Six Nations
Eddie Jones took over England and oversaw their Grand Slam Six Nations victory with Chris playing every match at blind side flanker. Many thought he would be pushed out of the side by Jones, but instead he flourished in his new role.
First Australian tour triumph
England went down under looking for a first ever series triumph over their Australian counterparts. Jones’ men picked up a 3-0 clean sweep with wins in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Chris played every match, picking up the man of the match award on his 50th cap in Melbourne.
Chris will be visiting Rileys Haymarket on August 11th for a ‘Beers, Banter and Bar Games’ night with some of his rugby counterparts. You’ll have the chance to share a drink or two with Chris and his teammates as the final of the Olympic Rugby 7s competition unfolds on-screen.
On top of that, we’ve planned bar games, shirt signing and photo opportunities, a charity table-tennis match and an intimate Q&A with the players. For tickets and more details click here
Leave your favourite moment in the comments section below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the event! We’ll be picking the winners on Friday 5th August.