Squire keen to make up for lost time

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Lynn McConnell     13 Nov 2017     Getty Images

Squire went down with the virus ahead of the Barbarians game in London and was placed in isolation for five days before he started to feel better on Wednesday last week. 

He was hoping to play for as long as could in Lyon. He had trained with the team for Lyon on Sunday in Paris before the side left by train and had felt good.

He saw the Lyon game as a chance to show he was ready to get back into Test rugby against Scotland on Saturday.

"I've only had a couple of trainings since coming back so I'll take that as an opportunity to put a performance out there," he said.

"We've had a pretty good week. We've actually probably had a longer week's preparation than normal so it's exciting for those young fellows who are going to get their second or third opportunity to put on that black jersey."

Fellow flanker Ardie Savea said it was a different mindset preparing for a midweek game but the structures were similar and especially in involving young players and making sure they were aware of their plans.

Savea said like everyone he would like to be involved all the time but he had taken whatever role he had been given in the side and had tried to do his best for himself and the team.

"Whatever that is, if it's holding the shields helping the boys prepare for the Test week if I'm not in the squad or I'm on the bench or whatever it is I'm just trying to nail that so the boys have the greatest opportunity to perform on the field and for myself to prepare well for the game," he said.

Savea said he also appreciated the chance to watch and learn from the other loose forwards in the squad and while he had missed out it had only added to his hunger.

"When you have something to improve on you want to go out there and put your best foot forward and for me it has just made me hungrier and work harder to try and get back in the squad," he said.