Skipper Robshaw ready to bounce back as Quins eye up European test
Updated 11:56am Friday 13th June 2014 in Sport
Harlequins skipper Chris Robshaw has warned the All Blacks they have not seen the best of his England side yet.
The world champions scored a try two minutes from time through Conrad Smith to edge a thriller at Eden Park 20-15 in last Saturday’s first Test.
England, for whom Kyle Eastmond impressed at centre, will be strengthened for the second Test by the availability of their Northampton Saints and Saracens contingent – including Owen Farrell, Tom Wood and Courtney Lawes.
Danny Care has recovered from injury to take his place in the matchday squad for tomorrow’s Test clash in Dunedin.
Care is joined in the starting line-up by clubmates Joe Marler, captain Chris Robshaw and Mike Brown, while hooker Joe Gray losses out to Northampton Saints’ Dylan Hartley for a place on the replacements bench.
And Robshaw insisted his men would be more than a handful over the remainder of the series.
“We’re going to come out all guns blazing and get better and better every week,” said the Wandsworth-based star.
“New Zealand are one of the world’s most clinical sides. After 70 or 80 minutes they took their opportunity and it cost us at the end.
“It is not an easy place to play, but we’ve come here to challenge ourselves. We’re gonna get better and better and push each other.
“It is a three games series. We’re diasppointed, but we’ll be back.”
Meanwhile, Quins head coach John Kingston is relishing some mouth-watering clashes in next season’s European Rugby Champions Cup after drawing three-time Heineken Cup winners Leinster, Castre Olympique and London Wasps in Pool Two of the new competiti on.
“It’s a very exciting prospect to be drawn in what is clearly a very competitive group,” Kingston said.
“Playing a side like Leinster with their wonderful European pedigree of late is a really mouth-watering prospect and equally Castres, having reached the French Top 14 final this year and were French champions last year.
“The new structure of the competition will mean every point is going to be vital and each match is going to be massively competitive.”