England flanker Robshaw ruled out of Six Nations defence with shoulder injury

The Harlequins player will be sidelined for three months.

Chris Robshaw is due to undergo surgery today.
Chris Robshaw is due to undergo surgery today.
Image: Mike Egerton

EDDIE JONES WILL have to plot the defence of England’s Six Nations crown without Chris Robshaw as the experienced flanker is to undergo shoulder surgery today.

The Harlequins star aggravated an existing injury during a 24-17 Aviva Premiership defeat to Worcester Warriors on New Year’s Day and has to go under the knife to correct the issue.

The former England captain will be sidelined for three months, ruling him out of their entire Six Nations campaign which starts at the beginning of next month and finishes up with a mouth-watering clash against Ireland on 18 March.

Harlequins are hoping the 30-year-old still has a part to play in their season, which doesn’t conclude until May.

Robshaw played a key role in England’s run to the Grand Slam last year, starting all five of their games.

He was made England captain in 2012 but Jones decided to hand that role to hooker Dylan Hartley after his appointment as head coach in November 2015.

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