Robshaw admits tour schedule 'not ideal'
May 15, 2014
'You look at the timings and it is what it is' © Getty Images
Chris Robshaw goes into this weekend's Premiership semi-final against Saracens knowing that if Harlequins win then he will miss out on leading England in the first Test against the All Blacks on June 7.
The scheduling is such that anyone playing at Twickenham on May 31 will only be ready to play in the second Test on June 14. England and Northampton flanker Tom Wood has described the situation as "ridiculous" and Robshaw made clear he was equally unimpressed.
"It is not ideal, is it?" he said. "But you look at the timings and it is what it is. Potentially we are going to miss some of our best players depending on whoever is in the final but we have got to deal with it.
"It's there, set in stone. People have tried to move [the first Test] but it is not budging. We are very happy with the squad England have at the moment and the way players are progressing.
"At this moment we are at Quins and all our focus is here. When that is done all our attention will go to England and we will give it as much focus as we can but at the moment we want to be lifting silverware with the club. We have a long way to go still, but that is where we want to be and as soon as that is done we will put our England hats on."
As far as planning for next year's World Cup goes, the shambles over who plays in which Test will not help. Robshaw, however, was keen to speak of the positives.
"We feel this tour has come at the right time for us. It is probably the most challenging place to go and test yourself but that's exactly what this groups of guys are looking forward to, testing ourselves against the best in their environment."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Manchester United have confirmed that Ander Herrera suffered a fractured rib during Saturday's win against West Ham at Old Trafford
Geoff Parling is out of the autumn internationals after being advised to sit out until at least December following his most recent concussion
Maria Sharapova eased into the third round of the China Open with a 6-2 6-2 victory against Elina Svitolina on Tuesday
Andy Murray fought back from a set down against Jerzy Janowicz to move into the second round of the China Open, while Rafael Nadal also won on his return from injury
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that striker Olivier Giroud has agreed a two-year extension to his current contract