The British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand may have only just finished but the youngest member of the squad Maro Itoje is already can’t wait until he can pull on a red jersey again.
“As long as I’m playing rugby and I’m fit and healthy, I’d love to go on as many Tours as possible,” said the England lock.
“It’s been an unbelievably pleasant experience and I’ve learned a lot, I’ve grown a lot,
“I’ve had a greater understanding of what the All Blacks are like and what it takes to beat them than I did previously so I’ve benefited from this tour.”
“Not many teams who have come to New Zealand have done what we’ve done so there are lots of positives to take from the Tour,” said Itoje.
However, Itoje admits there was a sense of frustration at the final whistle as the Lions realised they had not got what they came for.
But he paid tribute to the way the entire squad has risen to the challenge and taken on the All Blacks on tour.
“The players have come together in six weeks, we’ve taken the double world champions right to the final whistle,” he added.
“It’s an unusual experience. When the final whistle blew, are you happy? Are you sad? Are you disappointed?
“So it’s very weird after the final whistle as we wanted the win and we didn’t get it. But it is what it is.”