Wood could lead England in Argentina
May 5, 2013
Tom Wood was deemed unlucky to miss out on a place with the Lions © PA Photos
Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood is set to lead England on their summer tour to Argentina, according to reports.
The 26-year-old is said to be in line to replace incumbent Chris Robshaw, who could be rested for the two-Test match tour. The Mail on Sunday reports that no decision has yet be made on whether Robshaw will tour Argentina but that the England management are considering giving him the summer off on the back of a physically and mentally demanding season.
Robshaw has missed just one of England's last 16 international over the last 15 months and has captained Harlequins to last season's Aviva Premiership title and this season's play-offs. But he suffered the disappointment of failing to earn a place in Warren Gatland's British & Irish Lions squad to tour Australia and has struggled with injury in recent weeks.
Although he expects to return in time for Quins' play-off campaign, Robshaw could be rested for the tour to Argentina with an intense two years coming up as England build towards the 205 Rugby World Cup.
Wood, who was also disappointed to miss out on a place in the Lions squad, is set to be next in line for the captaincy. He was originally earmarked to captain England when Stuart Lancaster took over as interim head coach for the 2012 Six Nations. However a toe injury in the build up to the tournament ended his hopes and opened the way for Robshaw to make his mark on the role.
With nine England regulars being called up for the Lions, there will be the opportunity to call up some younger players . Wasps' Billy Vunipola, Elliot Daly and Christian Wade, Gloucester's Jonny May and Worcester's Matt Kvesic could all be given the opportunity to impress in Argentina.
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