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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 June, 2005, 13:04 GMT 14:04 UK
Greenwood focused on Lions task
Will Greenwood trains with the Lions in New Zealand
England World Cup winner Will Greenwood insists he will accept a bit part with the Lions if it means the squad wins the Test series against New Zealand.

Greenwood starts his first game of the tour against Taranaki on Wednesday.

"If I am part of a squad that wins a Test series here, and all I am is a bag carrier, I will take that, I will bite your hand off," he said.

"It is all about this squad winning. It isn't about individuals ticking boxes that haven't been ticked before."

Greenwood has suffered plenty of ill fortune on the last two Lions tours, and has yet to play in a Lions Test.

I will dine out in the years to come on my contribution to Jonny's drop-goal
Will Greenwood

He suffered a sickening head injury in South Africa in 1997 that saw doctor James Robson revive him in the medical room after swallowing his tongue.

Four years ago in Australia, he damaged ankle ligaments a week before the first Test, but insists he should not be considered a sympathetic case.

"In 1997, I hadn't even got an England cap before I went and it was a tremendous experience. I learnt as much from (Welsh cross-code centre) Allan Bateman in five weeks as I have from any other player or coach over the past eight years.

"In 2001 I had the ankle problems but I have been dealt some very good cards in rugby and I wouldn't look back at anything with regrets.

"If it is not to be with the Lions, I have still had some great times with some great people."

After an injury-affected season following shoulder surgery, Greenwood started the tour probably as third choice for the number 12 centre jersey, behind Gavin Henson and Gordon D'Arcy.

But despite not being favoured for a Test spot, he still harbours ambitions of more treasured memories down under.

"I will dine out and have many beers in the years to come on my contribution to Jonny Wilkinson's (World Cup-winning) drop-goal," he added.

"At the moment, it is standing to the side of the ruck, but by the time I am 55 I will probably make the pass or the half-break, or I may even kick it once or twice!

"But that is done, that is dust, that is history. It will always be there, and there will be a knowing wink if I bump into those guys in years to come, in the knowledge that we were part of something special.

"Now I would like to be part of something just as special, if not more special.

"History suggests we have got a 10% chance of winning a Lions series in New Zealand, but I want to be a part of helping us improve those odds."

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