After dominating the world of rugby overseas as the captain of the England national rugby union team, Surrey native Chris Robshaw is elevating the sport in the United States as a flanker for the San Diego Legion (sdlegion.com). Here, the two-time Aviva Premiership Player of the Year talks life on and off the field.
You’ve had an illustrious rugby career overseas—what’s been the highlight? I’ve been very lucky to play on amazing international teams with incredibly talented players. My biggest achievement so far would be serving as the captain of my country’s rugby team on 43 occasions—the most in the professional era for England.
Why did joining the San Diego Legion feel like the right next move? San Diego Legion is one of the best teams in Major League Rugby, and it continues to gain recognition on the international rugby stage. By moving here, I want to help bring a championship to San Diego and grow the game of rugby in the U.S. Plus, I love cities on the coast, and so far, San Diego has been a pretty special place to live
When you’re not on the field at Torero Stadium, where would we find you? Trust Restaurant in Hillcrest is a favorite of my wife, Camila, and I. Our son was just born in San Diego, so when he is a touch older, I look forward to taking him to the San Diego Zoo and a baseball game at Petco Park, and buying him his first Padres shirt.
It’s your last day on Earth—what do you do? I’d play golf with Tiger Woods and then have a big pool party with all my friends and family.
Dream dinner party: Who is there? Gordon Ramsay would provide all the food; Ed Sheeran would be the musical entertainment; and I’d have The Rock and Amy Schumer as special guests.