Chris Robshaw: 'British and Irish Lions omission was tough to take'

England's Chris Robshaw in action during their Six Nations clash with France on February 23, 2013
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England captain Chris Robshaw admits that he found it tough to accept that he would not be part of the British and Irish Lions squad this summer.

Chris Robshaw has admitted that it was tough for him to take being left out of the British and Irish Lions squad for this summer's tour of Australia.

The England and Harlequins captain missed out on a place in Warren Gatland's 37-man squad, which will be skippered by Wales flanker Sam Warburton.

The 26-year-old told Sky Sports News: "Of course it is tough. You think you are in with a good shout. I spoke to [Lions forwards coach] Graham Rowntree and he said I was close but that is not really a consolation, is it?

"Unfortunately, I didn't quite make it. Graham was very honest with me. He didn't try and sugar-coat things. It is a setback but it is about how you react.

"You have a little sulk but [Harlequins] are into a semi-final this weekend. It is about making sure we finish the season in the right way."

The Lions tour gets underway next month.

England coaches Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree on February 4, 2012
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