Robshaw ready for Argentina challenge

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Chris Robshaw says he is excited by the mix of experience and youth in Eddie Jones’ 31-man England squad to tour Argentina, but is under no illusions of the challenge that waits.  

England face the Barbarians on Sunday, 28 May before setting off on their two Test tour of Argentina in June, and Robshaw admits the side is very much looking forward to it.

“It is an exciting squad,” he said. “There are some senior guys, but also some young guys like the Curry brothers, so it is going to be an exciting tour and one we are looking forward to.”

Robshaw, who made his England debut against Los Pumas eight years ago in Salta, is now a stalwart of the side - with 55 caps to his name - and the 30-year-old is hoping to use his experience to guide younger members of the team this summer.

“I know what they’ll be feeling,” the backrower said. “Training with Ben and Tom Curry, I’ve been really impressed by them; they get stuck in, they’re not worried about their age and they’re straight into it.”

Robshaw is also keen to see his Quin counterpart, Joe Marchant, in action.

“He is one of those guys that has played extremely well every game and seems to get better and better,” Robshaw explained. “He’s a dangerous player who has that power to step out of collisions and beat people with footwork.

"He’s young, he’s going to continue to learn but I’ve been impressed by him.”

Huge opportunity for everyone involved  

With 15 England players on British & Irish Lions duty this summer, Robshaw admits beating Argentina will be tough, but believes it is a huge opportunity for everyone involved.

The flanker says he is focusing all his energy into the tour, and cannot wait to play an ever-improving Argentina side.

“Argentina play a lot more now,” he said. “When I first played them they were very set-piece orientated and very territory focused.

“But since their inclusion in the Rugby Championship, they’ve developed their ability to throw the ball around. Their set-piece is still strong, especially the scrum.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing the country, the culture, but also playing some tough rugby as well, because they are going to be very much up for it and it will be challenging.”