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Sam Warburton

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DOB 05/10/1988
Birthplace Cardiff, Wales
Height 1.90M / 6' 3''
Weight 103 KG / 16 ST 3 LB
Club Cardiff Blues
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Sam Warburton captained The British & Irish Lions in the 2013 Tour to Australia – becoming only the fourth Welsh player to lead them on Tour after Arthur Harding in 1908, John Dawes in 1971 and Phil Bennett in 1977.

The openside flanker – also the fifth youngest Lions skipper ever – led by example in the first two Tests against the Wallabies.

Making his Lions Test debut as captain in Brisbane, Warburton topped the tackle count and spurred his side on to go 1-0 up in the series after an absorbing 23-21 victory.

But if that was impressive, his performance in the second Test against the Wallabies was one for the ages. Clive Woodward dubbed it the best display he had ever seen in a Lions jersey, and Warburton dominated the breakdown until his 66th-minute withdrawal – which changed the game.

The flanker had unfortunately torn his hamstring during that narrow defeat in Melbourne and had to watch on from the sidelines as the Lions secured their first series win in 16 years in Sydney a week later.

But Warburton – who appeared in four matches in total on the Tour including warm-up games against the Queensland Reds and the NSW Waratahs – lifted the trophy after the final whistle.

The flanker will still only be 28 for the Tour to New Zealand in 2017 and already has a CV that includes captaining a winning Lions Tour, and a Grand Slam.

His leadership skills were apparent from a young age when he became the youngest-ever Rugby World Cup captain at the 2011 tournament – taking Wales through to the semi-finals.

Warburton surpassed the record of 33 caps as Wales captain held by another Lion in Ryan Jones versus Ireland in 2015, and currently sits tenth on the all-time list of most Test matches as skipper.

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