Lewsey open to Lions

Retiring England international still available for tour of South Africa

Last Updated: 10/12/08 6:30pm

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Lewsey: Lightening the load

Lewsey: Lightening the load

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Josh Lewsey has made himself available for the British & Irish Lions despite bringing an end to his England career.

The 32-year-old London Wasps back announced on Wednesday that he would no longer represent his country at international level.

But the 2003 World Cup winner, who scored 22 tries in 55 appearances for England, is still keen on joining Ian McGeechan's squad that will tour South Africa in the summer of 2009.

And McGeechan, who is also Lewsey's director of rugby at Wasps, has not ruled out taking the star should he still be in flying form.

Opportunity

"He's been a tremendous player for England and the Lions," McGeechan told Sky Sports News.

"He's part of that England group that won a World Cup, which I think will always make him a little bit special and different .

"He's been a tremendous competitor. I think he's shown that he's always shown with the pressure games that he's a player that can make a difference.

"As for the Lions, we want to pick players who are on form. We've said ourselves we'll pick players on the periphery of international squads as well as the squads themselves. We want the right mix.

"So Josh knows his challeng. He has to have his game in first class order till the end of the season."

Lewsey toured New Zealand with the squad in 2005 and helped Wasps regain their fourth Guinness Premiership title in six seasons in 2008.

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