By Ali Stokes
With the arrival of former England defence guru Paul Gustard to Harlequins as the London side's new Head of Rugby comes a new leadership dynamic, with the 2012 Premiership champions naming co-captains ahead of the 2018/19 Premiership season.
Former international captains Chris Robshaw (England) and James Horwill (Australia) will lead the South West London side, pursuing a return to form following a disastrous 2017/18 season that saw the management regime all but stripped bare.
“We are delighted to have been able to appoint two strong leaders as co-captains,” said Gustard. “both have proven themselves at every level of the game and are well respected not only in the squad but also in the wider rugby community.
"Both exhibit the behaviours and values I want to see in the squad – they are tough, uncompromising and lead from the front, and are very happy to back each other and lead the team in their style.”
Commenting on the announcement, Chris Robshaw said, “I am honoured to be co-captain with James who is a very experienced international. We will share the leadership duties over the season and help to move Harlequins forward.”
James Horwill added, “I am delighted and excited to be named as co-captain. I’m looking forward to the season ahead and to working with Chris and delivering an improved performance over the season.”
Gustard and Harlequins new General Manager, Billy Millard, will be hoping the experienced duo will put their collective 128 caps together, treating the Twickenham Stoop regulars to a return to play-off contenders.
Harlequins become the second side to name co-captains ahead of the new season, with recently instated Northampton Saints coach Chris Boyd electing current England captain Dylan Hartley and Alex Waller as the men to guide Saints' campaign.
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