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Warburton and Wales eye World Cup glory

Warburton and Wales eye World Cup glory

British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton insists Wales are gunning for World Cup glory later this year – if they can navigate their way past a tough pool.

British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton insists Wales are gunning for World Cup glory later this year – if they can navigate their way past a tough pool.

Warburton – who led the Lions to success Down Under in 2013 – is busy gearing up for the tournament which kicks off in September.

The 26-year-old will skipper Wales in their quest for the title but knows daunting Pool A opponents England and Australia will also be vying for qualification to the knockout stages.

Warburton is familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the Wallabies having been a driving force in the Lions’ 2-1 series victory two years ago, and he’s also well aware of the threat posed by England.

But the burly flanker says he is confident his side can emerge victorious and go all the way.

“As a fan, I can see how the games are only around the corner, only a few months away and they’re so excited for that,” he said.

“But as players there are so many hurdles to get over. Apart from the Millennium Stadium, Twickenham is my next favourite place to be because the atmosphere is so good and England have been growing the last few years.

“Fortunately we have got experience of going to England and winning. We have done it the hard way and we can draw a massive amount from that.

“If you get out of your group there is no reason why you can’t win the World Cup. If you’re good enough to get out of that group, then you are good enough to win the World Cup.”

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