Warburton enjoys winning return to action

British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton enjoyed a victorious return to competitive action on New Year's Day. [more]

Warburton enjoys winning return to action

British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton enjoyed a victorious return to competitive action on New Year’s Day.

Warburton, who led the Lions to a series victory over Australia in 2013, missed Cardiff Blues’ Boxing Day defeat to Newport Gwent Dragons with a shoulder injury.

However, he started the return fixture six days later and helped the Blues to an 11-9 victory at Rodney Parade.

Next up for Warburton and co is a clash with Leinster, who boast their own back-row British & Irish Lion in skipper Jamie Heaslip.

“That was a proper derby game,” Warburton. “It was very close, really hotly contested at the breakdown and it's been pretty similar over the last two weeks.

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“They're great games to play and the crowd was fantastic at Rodney Parade and made a lot of noise. With a lot of friends on the opposition they're great Christmas derbies to play in.

“We've got Leinster at home, which is tough, next up in ten days’ time – and then into European rugby.

“But looking at the three Christmas derbies, it's two out of three wins for us, which isn't bad and something to build upon.”

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