British and Irish Lions: Lock Geoff Parling keen to get involved

Last Updated: 28/05/13 8:26am

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England lock Geoff Parling claims he feels "like an imposter" after teaming up with the British and Irish Lions.

Parling was unable to join the Lions for their initial training sessions in Wales and Ireland due to his club commitments with Leicester.

However having helped the Tigers lift the Aviva Premiership title with victory over Northampton at Twickenham, the 29-year-old can't wait to finally get involved with the Lions.

Parling - along with fellow Tigers Tom Croft, Dan Cole, Ben Youngs, Tom Youngs and Manu Tuilagi - joined up with the squad on Sunday ahead of their flight to Hong Kong for the opening tour game against the Barbarians.

And Parling told Sky Sports: "I sort of feel like an imposter really as I actually haven't played in the jersey yet and haven't really done a training session yet as the guys that were in the finals were away.

Strange

"It feels a bit strange but I am just keen to get out there and get involved."

Parling also had sympathy for England team-mate Dylan Hartley, who misses the Lions tour after he was banned for 11 weeks after he was sent off for Northampton against Leicester.

Hartley was found guilty of abusing referee Wayne Barnes, so has been replaced in the Lions squad by Rory Best.

"I feel for Dylan and I think he is probably feeling a bit for himself at the moment," added Parling.

"Obviously the management have called up Rory Best, who is a top, top player so it will be good to meet him and get training."

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