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Greenwood, who toured three times with the Lions, insists Croft was off-colour against the Azzurri and at the Millennium Stadium and urgently needs high-profile game-time to return to his best form.
Although Lions boss Warren Gatland will no doubt be watching the finale of the Aviva Premiership; it’s the Heineken Cup – Leicester play Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon next up – that’s where Croft must make his mark if he’s to board the flight to Australia in May.
“Tom Croft needs Leicester to go well in this year’s Heineken Cup because if there’s one thing he needs it is some games to prove himself to Warren Gatland,” said Greenwood.
“He has come into the Six Nations team in that last couple of games but he needs to show a bit more if he is to get on the plane – I thought he struggled somewhat.
“The experience of 2009 might be a help but it looked like it might have been a bit much too soon for him these last couple of weeks with England.
“Leicester has to go to Toulon, that will be a massive test for the team and for him and he will need the Tigers to go well in the Premiership run-in as well to give him a chance to prove his worth.”
And after seeing Welsh trio of Toby Faletau, Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric leapfrog the English backrow in terms of Lions selection; Croft knows he must have a phenomenal conclusion to the season.
But Greenwood insists England’s recent performances against Southern Hemisphere opposition – they beat the All Blacks in the autumn and history of winning a World Cup means Gatland won’t discount Stuart Lancaster’s men.
Comparatively, Wales have lost three close-fought games against Australia in the last 12 months and have yet to identify a way to beat one of the big three from the Southern Hemisphere.
“On the other hand you have to think ‘when did Wales last beat a Southern Hemisphere team?” said Greenwood. “Three tests last summer, they had it and should have won all of them, and back in the Millennium Stadium in the autumn once again they couldn’t quite finish them off.
“But however patriotic you can be do not dispense with the English boys when you consider what they did to an All Black team that had won 18 on the spin.
“And for that reason I think, and hope, that a lot of English guys will travel on this tour but in terms of the test jersey it has to be dominated by Wales.
“It’s such a fickle nature but this is sport, you’re only as good as your last game.”
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