Stuart Barnes criticises Warren Gatland's selection

England's Chris Robshaw in action during their Six Nations clash with France on February 23, 2013
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Former England fly-half Stuart Barnes believes that Chris Robshaw should have made the British and Irish Lions squad for the summer tour of Australia.

Former England fly-half Stuart Barnes has branded Chris Robshaw the "unluckiest man in Britain and Ireland" after he failed to make the British and Irish Lions squad for the summer tour of Australia.

England skipper Robshaw was a notable absentee from Warren Gatland's 37-man squad, but Barnes believes that the Harlequins flanker should have made the final party in place of Justin Tipuric.

"Robshaw has had a wonderful season, but he has looked tired since the Wales game, he has looked tired, he has looked like a ghost of his former self," Barnes told Sky Sports News.

"But I think he could do a job at seven, or he could do a job at six. There has been a lot of negative media about him, people have never been certain about Chris Robshaw and I think he is paying the price for that.

"I personally think Tipuric is a little lucky to go. He is a headline number seven, he does some great things and in time he is going to be wonderful, but is he really that much better than Chris Robshaw over the ball? Does he have that experience? I think the answer is no on both of those counts and Robshaw is unlucky to miss out."

The tour gets underway on June 1.

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