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O'Shea feels for Robshaw

30th April 2013 16:28


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No space: Chris Robshaw

Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea has sympathised with Chris Robshaw after the England captain missed out on selection for the Lions.

Robshaw was one of several surprise omissions from the 37-man squad, coming two years after he missed out on selection for the Rugby World Cup.

O'Shea believes however that injuries could see Robshaw travel out to Australia to take part in the tour.

"He will get on with it like he always does - he missed out on the World Cup," said O'Shea to Sky Sports.

"Until you have Chris Robshaw in the group you are in, you don't know what you are missing. He has got a slight injury at the moment so we hope he is back next week for our semi-final."

"He captained the England team that beat the All Blacks, captained four wins in a row in the Six Nations, he won two man-of-the-match awards.

"Disappointment down in Wales, but if you were judging it on the one game, after the Wales-Ireland game there would probably be no Welsh player in there. They had lost seven games in a row going into that.

"Sport is about the now and I am pretty disappointed for what he has done and achieved but there are outstanding players there and when it comes to it, it is that selection panel that makes the final call. Unfortunately for Chris.

You don't wish anything but there are plenty of examples of players finally ending up in Test sides. It would be nice to think that there might be the odd person called out and Chris makes it, because we feel he deserves it."