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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 joined a very exclusive club during the 2017 Tour to New Zealand, as he became only the second man to captain The British & Irish Lions twice.

He joined Lions legend Martin Johnson in accomplishing that feat, but went one better than the former England lock, and stands as the only Lions captain in history to have avoided defeat on two Tours.

And no-one would put it past the vastly-experienced Welshman completing the set in South Africa in 2021, and become the first man in history to lead the Lions on three Tours.

In Australia in 2013, Warburton became only the fourth Welsh player to lead the Lions 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. Sir 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.

Four years on, and Warburton once again proved what a special player and leader he is during the Tour to New Zealand – as the Lions drew a dramatic series with the All Blacks.

After leading the side in the very first clash of the Tour against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, he crossed for his first-ever try for the Lions against the Highlanders.

He then came off the bench in the triumph over the Maori All Blacks and was among the replacements for the first Test as Peter O’Mahony took the captaincy and the No 6 jersey.

But with the Lions going down in Auckland in that first skirmish with the All Blacks, Head Coach Warren Gatland identified Warburton’s skill at the breakdown and ability to slow down New Zealand’s ball as something the Lions lacked.

And he returned to lead the side to a famous Test win in Wellington and then a drawn third and final Test to share the series.

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