Former England captain Chris Robshaw has released a statement after the RFU today cancelled the Quilter Cup England v Barbarians fixture scheduled for Sunday 25 October
The former Harlequin flanker and a number of the squad’s Saracens contingent, understood to include Richard Wigglesworth, Sean Maitland and Jackson Wray, were among 12 players who went out for dinner in central London..
During its investigation, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said it discovered another breach where players left the hotel without permission.
It says those actions meant the “bubble environment” had been compromised.
“We are incredibly disappointed to be calling a halt to this fixture,” said RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney. “We know how much fans were looking forward to seeing the teams play.
Robshaw has since taken to Twitter to release an emotional statement.
Other players involved in the incident have also released statements.
CHRIS ROBSHAW FACTS:
1. Early life
Born the second of three boys, Robshaw had to cope with the trauma of his father’s death when he was just five years old. Alan, an architect, died from a heart attack at 40. His mother, Patricia, raised her sons alone.
2. Struggles in school
The future England star struggled with dyslexia at school, but was able to release his frustation on the rugby pitch.
“Dyslexia was a huge struggle, the classroom and academic work was difficult, so my happy place, the place where I learned to grow in confidence was out at the club playing mini-rugby, going out and playing in school”,
3. His love of Arsenal
Boyhood Arsenal supporter Chris Robshaw welcomed England’s red wine change strip in 2012 – because it looks like the kit once worn by his Gunners heroes.