WORCESTER Warriors centre Ben Te’o insists he won’t be celebrating his call-up to the British and Irish Lions squad.
The former Leinster ace says Warriors still have two important Aviva Premiership matches remaining in the campaign.
Warriors are safe from relegation and travel to Newcastle Falcons next Friday (8pm) before hosting play-off chasing Leicester Tigers on May 6 (4pm).
“I have been doing a little bit of training with the guys and this weekend is a rest for us,” said Te’o.
“We’ve got a really big week next week and it’s not really a time to celebrate. It’s a time to keep working on the momentum we have got.”
The Lions begin their 10-match tour with a match against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei on June 3.
The Tests against the All Blacks are on June 24, July 1 and 8.
Auckland-born Te’o said: “You have to get through – there could be injury and stuff like that but I have to play hard these next few games for my club, get through my training camp and get on the plane. There’s a fair bit to go until then.”
The ball-carrying back said he was a bit surprised with his inclusion in the Lions squad but admitted he backed his ability since switching from rugby league to union three years ago.
“I would have backed my ability but I wasn’t really looking for stuff like this – I was looking for fun,” said Te’o, who has won eight Test caps for England, scoring two tries.
Te’o was on Six Nations duty with England between late January and mid March and missed the beginning of Warriors’ revival under director of rugby Gary Gold.
The former South Africa assistant coach arrived at Sixways at the end of January and led the club to Premiership safety after wins against Saracens, Bristol and Bath.
“Before I got back from the Six Nations I had a sense that when I came back into the club things had changed and we think we can win every game,” said Te’o, 30.
“We have the confidence we can put in a good performance and challenge every team.
“That’s something I found was quite new to this place (Warriors) but I can definitely sense that we feel we can go up against any one.
“The mind-set has changed a lot and Gary has had a lot to do with it.
"When you get some wins confidence just comes and guys feel that little bit different.”
He added: “It’s probably not a nice thing for us for the last two seasons to be watching and hoping so we are looking to finish this season strongly against Newcastle and Leicester and build on it for next season.
"I don’t want to be in that position again talking about relegation.”
Te’o believes he has improved as player under the watchful eye of England head coach Eddie Jones and other coaches in the national set-up.
“Whenever you go away and train with world-class players and world-class coaches they create an environment that’s intense and competitive and you are going to get better as a player,” he said.
“Every training session (with England) is very intense and I am learning something all the time so I am always growing as a rugby player.”