England legend Jason Leonard has backed Martin Corry's no-nonsense approach to bring him success as an international captain.
Corry has been named as captain by England coach Andy Robinson for this Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy, in place of the injured Jason Robinson.
The 31-year-old back row forward has been in outstanding form for England in recent internationals and has been the shining light in an otherwise disappointing RBS 6 Nations campaign.
Leonard - the most highly capped player in rugby history - believes the Leicester Tigers number eight will command the respect of his team-mates and opponents alike.
"Martin Corry is a well respected player and a hard man," said Leonard.
"He's never given anything less than 100% and that's why he's so highly respected by players and opponents alike.
"Along with Josh Lewsey, he's been one of the outstanding performers for England in this year's RBS 6 Nations, and that alone justifies his selection as captain."
The former England and British & Irish Lions prop would not be surprised if Corry - who has only commanded a regular place in the England starting line-up since the retirement of Lawrence Dallaglio - grabbed the chance to captain his country with both hands.
"He's always taken his chances," said Leonard. "And people have to remember that he went out on the British Lions tour to Australia in 2001 as a replacement (for Scotland's Simon Taylor) and played outstandingly well in all three Tests."
After missing out on England's 2015 RBS 6 Nations campaign through injury, centre Brad Barritt admits he is determined to make up for that disappointment in style with club side Saracens during the season run-in.