Ireland's Garry Ringrose: Lions talk the least of my worries

Garry Ringrose is solely concentrated on Ireland. Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Garry Ringrose is refusing to get distracted by a possible British & Irish Lions call-up as he concentrates on delivering for Ireland during their summer tour of the United States and Japan.

The 22-year-old centre was unlucky to miss the cut for Warren Gatland's 41-man Lions squad and responded to his omission with a stunning display in Leinster's 27-22 defeat by Clermont in the Champions Cup semifinal.

Ringrose scored a sublime solo try that day which was reminiscent of Brian O'Driscoll's unforgettable effort for the Lions against Australia in Brisbane back in 2001.

Gatland has name-checked Ringrose several times when asked about potential players on standby, should injury claim one of his front-line midfielders on the gruelling 10-game trip to New Zealand, but Ringrose is focused on doing a job for Ireland.

"That's the least of my worries," he said of the Lions talk. "I feel so lucky to go and represent Ireland for the next three weeks against USA and Japan. This time last year I missed out on a summer tour [in South Africa].

"I appreciate the fact that I am pretty lucky, from where I have come from last year, to come and play on the summer tour. It wouldn't be too much of a concern. Hopefully we get the matches [in New Zealand] up on the projector and support the lads that are there."

After a long season Ringrose insists there will be no hint of complacency from Joe Schmidt's youthful squad as they look to seal victory over the United States in New Jersey before a two-Test series against Japan in Shizuoka and Tokyo.

"It is a win at all costs," he said. "It's always the case when you put on the green jersey -- you always want to put on the best performance possible, individually and collectively, put the best performance forward and hopefully win.

"That will be our primary focus and we will do everything we can preparation-wise to ensure that."