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Chris Robshaw Still Hopes To Secure Lions Call Up Despite Three Month Absence Through Injury

Former England captain Chris Robshaw was officially ruled out of the 2017 Six Nations due to a shoulder injury this week but it has not stopped him from remaining hopeful of a call up the Lions squad this summer.

Going under the knife on Monday confirmed fans’ fears that the flanker was set to miss the next 12 weeks and therefore add to the growing list of injuries that England head coach Eddie Jones must contend with as he plots a defence of the Six Nations title the Red Rose won so emphatically last season.

Robshaw was a key member of Jones’ all conquering side that went unbeaten in 2016 and had already laid down a solid claim for his place on the plane to New Zealand in June.

Now however, Warren Gatland may be forced to look elsewhere for his flankers for the grueling ten match tour. Facing three months on the sidelines means the 30-year-old will only return in mid-April at the earliest, leaving him only a further month to prove his fitness and worth ahead of the trip to the home of the world champions.

For his part, however, Robshaw remains optimistic of his chances at securing selection for a first Lions tour.

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Speaking to the Mirror, the upbeat Harelquins star revealed,

“The Lions is massive, the pinnacle of European rugby and I want to be there,” said the Harlequins star, his left arm in a sling.

“Of course I want to become a Lion, of course I want it on my CV. I’ve had my sulk and my mope. Now it’s about a positive mindset and working my socks off to get back as soon as I can.

“My aim is clear: to come back a better player,” he declared. “To hit the ground running with Test match intensity from my first game back.”

Having lost his captaincy of the national side to the ever controversial Dylan Hartely ahead of the 2016 Six Nations, Robshaw has revealed how he has grown in confidence since that time.

“I was low on confidence and not knowing what the future held. A lot had been written by X, Y and Z. I was in a bad place. But Eddie came in and gave me back that confidence.

“A year on I feel proud…that we went a calendar year unbeaten, that we won a Grand Slam and that I won my 50th cap.

“But it’s now not about what’s past but what lies ahead – and getting back out there as soon as is humanly possible.”

The road back to full fitness in time for a Lions call up is going to be a challenge for the English man but facing it with optimism is certainly going to afford the flanker with his best chance.

It must be said however that with places on the squad likely to be more competitive than ever before, it must be admitted that ‘Quins star has it all to do.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.