Ex-England captain Chris Robshaw wants to inspire a new generation in US rugby

Former England captain Chris Robshaw desires to assist encourage a brand new era of American rugby gamers when he joins San Diego Legion in Main League Rugby.

The 34-year-old Harlequins backrow ahead is ready to deliver the curtain down on his 16 years on the English Premiership membership when the season lastly ends after being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Robshaw signed a two-year contract with San Diego and desires to assist nurture younger gamers alongside New Zealand World Cup-winning New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu.

“It isn’t the extent of the Premiership however I’ve spoken to a few the blokes and so they say it equates to the Championship (second tier) and it’s rising,” Robshaw informed a web-based press convention on Monday.

“Ma’a Nonu and myself deliver expertise, which may hopefully assist deliver by the subsequent era of US gamers and assist additional improvement.

“This can be a sport the place we choose it up at a younger age like 5 – 6 years previous, whereas over there numerous guys picked it up somewhat bit later and for some it’s their second sport.”

“I hope to introduce them to a number of the finer expertise and darkish arts,” he added with a chuckle.

Robshaw, who captained England 43 occasions in his 66 Exams, stated he had been contemplating a transfer overseas for some time as he and his spouse (singer Camilla Kerslake) had needed to expertise a unique nation.

His new life in Main League Rugby will start with pre-season coaching in January.

Robshaw stated america appeared like the right match.

“English-speaking helped as I used to be very dyslexic as a child,” he stated. “I’d wrestle in a overseas language.

“The selection of the transfer, there is a component of correctly having fun with it and immersing in it.

“The fellows typically haven’t fairly loved their occasions overseas doubtlessly as a lot as they thought they could have.

“We see it right here at Harlequins. We’ve two good Argentinians who converse superb English as they had been taught it from an early age in school. Even so, they need to converse to one another in Spanish.”

Robshaw denied the transfer was motivated by cash.

“I need to go someplace new and San Diego, there’s a little bit of a uncooked and thrilling ingredient, an unknown amount and fully totally different way of life,” he stated.

“Leaving among the finest cities on the earth, properly, South California will not be a nasty place to go.

“I’ve been informed by the lads in San Diego ‘get the surf board prepared’.”

Robshaw stated he would take with him some nice recollections each from Harlequins and England, together with profitable the Premiership in 2012.

“Internationally talking, operating out at Twickenham in entrance of 80,000 individuals and singing the nationwide anthem,” he stated.

“Captaining England – there may be nothing higher… main the blokes out made me so proud, greater than I might ever have imagined.”

This yr’s Main League Rugby season was cancelled in March following the coronavirus outbreak.

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