England’s Chris Robshaw ready if Lions come calling

England captain Chris Robshaw says he will be ready for a Lions call if any of Warren Gatland's back rowers suffer injury

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Chris Robshaw missed out on a place in the Lions squad Photo: The Sport Review

Chris Robshaw has no plans to take it easy this summer with a potential call up to the British and Irish Lions on the cards if injury hits the squad heading for Australia.

The 26-year-old flanker led England during the Six Nations but was one of the shock omissions from the 37-man group selected to take on the Wallabies.

And the Harlequins captain is also missing England’s trip to Argentina, with Stuart Lancaster having chosen to rest Robshaw and hand the armband to Tom Wood for the tour.

But despite being handed a much-needed break from international rugby to recharge his batteries, Robshaw is aware he could be called upon to travel Down Under if any of the back rowers chosen ahead of him suffer tour-ending injuries.

“Everyone has a sulk, mopes about and things like that but you then move on,” Robshaw told Sky Sports.

“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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