Chris Robshaw is one of England’s most iconic rugby players of the professional era. His name is synonymous with the hard work, integrity and fierce loyalty that saw him become one of England Rugby’s youngest captains ever and most valued players of recent years.
After rising through the ranks of U18 & U21 national sides, Chris was called up to play for the England team on 66 occasions. His skill and determination led him to captain England in only his second appearance aged just 25. Chris would go on to lead England in 43 appearances, more than any other England captain in the modern era – and in 2016 he successfully won the first Six Nations Grand Slam victory in almost 15 years.
Chris joined his childhood club, Harlequins RFC, straight out of school. His talent and compelling leadership skills saw him appointed captain at the tender age of 23. Despite his youth Chris guided Harlequins through the most successful period in their history. After playing 300 games in the famous Quarters, he eventually went on to win the Premiership, European Challenge andL V Cup competitions. He remains the only player in Premiership history to win the Aviva Premiership Player of the Year Award twice.
Off the field Chris’ reputation and work ethic is just as exemplary. Working with leading photographers like David Bailey, Mario Testino and Marianno Vivanco has led him to feature in campaigns for multiple world-renowned brands such as British Airways, Etihad, BMW, Dyson, Beats by Dre, Crew Clothing, NIKE, Lucozade, O2, BT Sport to name a few.
Chris is passionate about using his voice in support of causes dear to him. Supporting young people affected by issues such as illness and poverty have led him to raise millions of pounds for charities such as the Teenage Cancer Trust, St Mungo’s and The Children’s Trust – working with other notable cultural figures, including Dame Judi Dench, Olivia Coleman and Charles Dance. He has also been outspoken about growing up with dyslexia, calling on more support in schools for children with learning difficulties, as well as supporting animal charities and Walking with the Wounded.
Upon the birth of his son Wilding, Chris and his wife, BRIT nominated opera singer Camilla Kerslake, decided they wanted to go further and do more. As a result, the couple decided to harness their passion for helping children, combined with their respective talents in sport and music, by starting the Kerslake Robshaw Foundation. Through this they aim to empower young people through the fields of music and sport and in doing so unlock the potential, passion and drive Chris and Camilla believe every child has inside of them.