Former England captain Chris Robshaw has one week and two games to prove his British and Irish Lions credentials ahead of the 37-man squad announcement on April 19th.
The Harlequins flanker is a long shot for the Lions tour this summer following a shoulder injury that ruled him out of any involvement in the recently concluded Six Nations.
The tournament, which England won for the second consecutive year, was the ideal stage for Lions hopefuls to audition in front of head coach Warren Gatland and his team of coaches. With Robshaw forced to watch from the sidelines, he now faces an uphill battle to prove himself worthy of being a summer tourist to New Zealand.
Having returned to action for Harlequins in the last week, the flanker now has two Aviva Premiership games in which to elbow his way into the mix, with a trip to Wembly to face London rivals and European Champions Saracen first up on Saturday.
Having missed out on selection for the 2013 tour of Australia, the tour of New Zealand this summer will likely be the last chance the 30-year-old will have of becoming a Lion.
Reported by the Daily Mail, the England flanker remains determined to prove himself,
“Like everyone else I want to be on that plane but I have got to be out there playing well and I know I need to do that in the next couple of games to show my worth.
“Obviously the challenge is making it on the plane to New Zealand but for the time being all I can do is try and press my claims by playing well for Harlequins.”
Competition for places in the squad is immense and with the likes of Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander and Sam Warburton all vying for the No.6 jersey, the English man has a lot to do to get onto Gatland’s radar.
With a final game against Exeter on April 14th, Robshaw has 160 minutes to make his case.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena