England and Harlequins captain, Chris Robshaw, has been voted the Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year for 2012.
Robshaw was awarded the prestigious Pat Marshall Memorial Award at the Rugby Writers’ Club annual dinner in London on 14 January. He topped the RUWC poll ahead of England coach Stuart Lancaster, Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans and Argentina captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.
The award marks a memorable year in which Robshaw led Harlequins to their first Aviva Premiership title, and became only the sixth England captain to enjoy victory over New Zealand, in a thrilling 38-21 win at Twickenham in December.
The 26 year old flanker had only one cap to his name before being handed the England captaincy in January last year. He joins a prestigious list of previous award winners, and some of the greatest names in rugby, including Gareth Edwards, Lawrence Dallaglio, Ian McGeechan, Martin Johnson and Jonny Wilkinson.