Robshaw on Lions standby
May 22, 2013
It has been a difficult end-of-season for Chris Robshaw © PA Photos
Harlequins skipper Chris Robshaw will not let his fitness levels slide in the off-season in case the British & Irish Lions need his services in Australia.
Robshaw, who captained England during the Six Nations, was one of the high profile omissions from the 37-man Lions squad for the forthcoming series against the Wallabies. And England boss Stuart Lancaster also opted to leave him out of their squad for the trip to South America with Tom Wood handed the captaincy.
But despite these setbacks, with the England omission down to Lancaster's wish for Robshaw to recuperate after a gruelling international and domestic season, the flanker will be keeping a close eye on the Lions in Australia.
It is inevitable that there will be injuries Down Under and Robshaw hopes to be the first cab off the rank if there is a place available in the Lions' back-row, after suffering the original heartbreak of not making the cut.
"Everyone has sulk, mops about and things like that but you then move on," Robshaw told Sky Sports News. "It is one of those things where you will do a little bit of training in the morning then you can get to relax later in the day and switch off.
"We've got six weeks off for the summer now, so it is about enjoying yourself but still making sure you are fit in case you get that call. I think there are a lot of players on standby, I don't think they have gone out there and said exactly who is. It will depend on who gets injured and various scenarios as to who gets called up."
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