Will Greenwood: Five candidates for England captaincy
Last Updated: 24/01/16 5:29pm
England coach Eddie Jones is set to name his captain for the Six Nations at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
Jones was far from complimentary about Chris Robshaw before he took up his role, and as such the Harlequins flanker's chances of remaining as skipper following England's disappointing World Cup campaign appear slim.
But which other candidates could lead England in their opening match of the Six Nations against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 6? Will Greenwood gives his thoughts on five hopefuls...
Dylan Hartley for me just hasn't played enough rugby.
If he'd come back after the World Cup and come straight back in and played all the games and led Northampton on a massive charge, then you'd understand.
But to have all that baggage and not have played in enough games, it would be a very strange selection if Eddie Jones goes with Dylan Hartley straight off the bat.
A lot of people talk about Maro Itoje going well - he came off the bench and covered well for George Kruis when Saracens played Harlequins earlier this month.
He's in outstanding form, but I'm not sure that he will make it in as captain just yet.
He'll for sure be at Murrayfield for that first game, but I'm not sure if he will start or on the bench. He covers No 6 as well, so his utility is quite outstanding.
If both fully fit, I'd still like to see Joe Launchbury and George Kruis start that game, but if one of them is out, Maro is straight in.
I've always admired Launchbury.
When he was at his best, he was playing against the top sides in the world and dominating his position in the second row.
He played a lot of No 6 in his youth. He's a super athlete; he's a big lump who knocks lumps out of people.
People say he's a bit too quiet. I don't care about him being quiet - just go in and make the first tackle, go and hit the first ruck, go and be the first name on the team sheet.
Fully fit, for me Joe Launchbury is your man.
It's a dangerous route to go with Chris Robshaw.
I just think there's a certain voice that can be connected with failure, connected with a doomed campaign.
For him, he just needs to get back out there and play, to try and get back into the first-choice 23.
I think Ben Youngs' performances, in Europe and domestically, have been super strong.
His try against Munster meant they went back-to-back against the Irish side and has helped them top their pool in Europe.
He's probably the favourite to captain the side if all the bookies' favourites are sidelined through injury.
He's a safe pair of hands.