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Sam Warburton
Sam Warburton

Wales and British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is one of the most iconic names in Welsh and world rugby.

The Cardiff-born back row was picked for the Wales squad less than a year after his Cardiff Blues debut in 2008 and made his Test debut as a replacement against the USA on that summer's tour.

In 2010 he secured the openside berth at Test level and continued his strong form into the 6 Nations. As Wales stepped up their Rugby World Cup preparations he came to the fore, captaining his country for the first time in a loss to the Barbarians in Cardiff before taking the armband in back-to-back Tests against England. The second, a 19-9 win at the Millennium Stadium, saw Warburton named Man of the Match.

He captained Wales at the 2011 World Cup, the youngest player to do so, and was a key figure in their outstanding run to the semi-finals. He returned to lead Wales against the Wallabies in an-end-of-year international at the Millennium Stadium and was named the Rugby Union Writers' Club personality of the year.

Warburton had to overcome injury during the 2012 6 Nations campaign but was still a key figure in their run to an historic Grand Slam, which was clinched with victory over France in Cardiff.

He was named by Warren Gatland as captain for the Lions tour to Australia in 2013 and in doing so he became the first Welsh Lions captain since Phil Bennett in 1977. He was a key figure as he became the first tour captain to taste victory since Martin Johnson in 1997.

DOB5th Oct 1988
BirthplaceCardiff, Wales
Height1.88 m (6' 2")
Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb)
PositionBack Row
HonoursWales (74 caps)
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2011-2012 - Heineken Cup
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5
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8
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5
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5
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