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RugbyU: Warburton promises 'real' Wales against France

Sam Warburton has promised "everyone the Wales they know" when the faltering Six Nations champions face France in Cardiff a week on Friday. Wales' hopes of an unprecedented third successive outright Six Nations title were dealt a huge blow by a thumping 26-3 loss to Ireland last time out. Although Wales won the Championship with one loss, also to Ireland, last season they cannot afford any more slip-ups given the huge points advantage enjoyed by the currently unbeaten Irish and French, not to mention third-placed England.

RugbyU: Warburton vows Cardiff commitment as contract row rumbles on

Wales star Sam Warburton insisted Thursday he was only prepared to sign a central contract with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) if it meant he could continue to play for Cardiff Blues. Last week regular Wales captain Warburton became the first player to sign one of the controversial new central contracts, designed by the WRU to stop Welsh players leaving the four professional regional teams for wealthier clubs in France and England.

RugbyU: Wales captain Warburton signs central contract

Wales captain Sam Warburton has become the first player from his country to sign a central contract, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on Saturday. The 25-year-old flanker's contract with the Cardiff Blues had been due to expire at the end of the season, but he has rejected the opportunity to join the exodus of leading players leaving the Welsh game. "I am delighted to commit my future to Welsh rugby. I would like to thank the WRU for its commitment to me," Warburton said in a statement released by the WRU.

RugbyU: Warburton vows Wales problems won't rock treble bid

Wales captain Sam Warburton insisted Wednesday the civil war within Welsh rugby would not distract his side in their bid for an historic third successive Six Nations title. No country has won Europe's premier international rugby union championship three times in a row but that is the goal in defending champions Wales' sights.

RugbyU: Warburton reveals pride as Lions get warm welcome home

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton admitted he is just beginning to appreciate the scale of his team's achievements after they returned home to a heroes' welcome following their triumphant tour of Australia. Warburton's side enjoyed an unforgettable series victory with Saturday's 41-16 rout of the Australians in Sydney. It was just their fifth series win in Australia since World War II World War and represented a first tour triumph for the Lions since Ian McGeechan's side won in South Africa in 1997.

RugbyU: Lions blow as skipper Warburton out of decider

Injured Lions skipper Sam Warburton has been ruled out of Saturday's deciding Test against the Wallabies in a major blow for the tourists, team officials said Monday. Scans revealed a "significant tear" in his left hamstring suffered late in the Lions' 16-15 second Test defeat by Australia at the weekend. The Welsh flanker will now miss the series showdown in Sydney, the officials said. Irish veteran centre Brian O'Driscoll is now expected to captain the tourists in what will be his final Lions Test.

RugbyU: Lions captain Warburton out of final Test

Injured Lions skipper Sam Warburton has been ruled out of Saturday's deciding Test against the Wallabies in a massive blow for the tourists, team officials said Monday. Scans revealed a 'significant tear' in his left hamstring suffered late in the Lions' 16-15 second Test defeat to Australia at the weekend and the Welsh flanker will now miss the series showdown in Sydney, the officials said. Irish veteran Brian O'Driscoll is now expected to captain the tourists in what will be his final Lions Test.

RugbyU: Warburton urges Lions to kill off Wallabies

Sam Warburton said Thursday he is urging his British and Irish Lions team to finish off the Wallabies in the second Test in Melbourne this weekend and wrap up the series. Having taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, the Lions skipper wants his team to change history at the Etihad Stadium and become the first Lions team in 16 years to clinch a series. On the last two tours to Australia, in 1989 and 2001, the side that has won the first Test has gone on to lose the series. Warburton does not want history to repeat itself.

RugbyU: Warburton has referees' respect - Gatland

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland says Sam Warburton's good rapport with referees was an important factor in his decision to hand the Welshman the captaincy. Gatland was impressed with a conversation that Warburton had with match official Steve Walsh during Wales' decisive Six Nations encounter with England earlier this year. The New Zealander also highlighted the strength of Warburton's relationship with South African referee Craig Joubert, who will take charge of the Lions' second Test against Australia in June 29.

RugbyU: Warburton leads Lions but no place for Wilko

Wales star Sam Warburton was named Tuesday as captain of the 2013 British and Irish squad for the tour of Australia but there was no place for England great Jonny Wilkinson. At 24, Warburton became the youngest tour captain in Lions history, but both England captain Chris Robshaw and 2003 World Cup-winning star Wilkinson were left out of Warren Gatland's 37-man squad. "Warren gave me a call, it's been nine or 10 days since I found out and the biggest secret I've had to keep," Warburton told a news conference in London.
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