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Sam Warburton Former Welsh Captain


About Sam Warburton

Sam Warburton is acknowledged as one of the best openside flankers in the world. At a young age Sam has a great presence at the breakdown and a phenomenal ability to create turnover ball. Having represented Wales at all levels Warburton captained the national side for the first time in 2011 against the Barbarians, becoming the second youngest Wales captain after Gareth Edwards. Sam has won 26 caps including 10 as captain – 6 of which were at Rugby World Cup 2011, making him the youngest ever World Cup captain.
Sam retired from all rugby in 2019.


Born: 5 October 1988, Cardiff, Wales
Weight: 106 kg (16st 10lb) Height: 1.88m (6ft 2in)
Position: Openside Flanker
British and Irish Lions: 2013, 2 caps
Wales: 2009–present, 46 caps, 15 points
Debut: v USA, aged 20, June 2009
Cardiff Blues: 2009–present, 46 caps, 20 points

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Dan Lydiate can D-rail England freight train

Sam Warburton says he admires Jonny Wilkinson and Steve Redgrave and wants Wales to emulate their professionalism.

Players have a duty not to con the ref

Sam Warburton says that the match against England was the hardest he has ever played in and he woke up the next morning feeling like he had been hit by a car

Sam Warburton: Breakdown in Attack Trailer

Sam Warburton takes you through the skills of sealing, clearing a ruck and leeching, skills that every player needs in the modern game.Watch and learn from one of the world’s best loose forwards as he shares with you his tried and true techniques that help him win the shoulder battle at the breakdown. “I still do these exact same drills for 10-15mins at the end of each training session”

The perfect seven knows when to hold back

The breakdown used to be owned by the specialist opensides but now every player needs to be an expert in forcing turnovers.

Sam Warburton on The Rugby Site

Grand Slam winning Welsh Captain Sam Warburton on why he has joined The Rugby Site to pass on the tips and techniques that make him one of the best openside flankers in the world.

Win: Sam Warburton's Running Lines from Set Piece

Be in to win an advanced copy of Sam Warburton’s new video Running Lines from Set Piece.

Sam Warburton on The Rugby Site

The Wales Captain talks about why he decided to join The Rugby Site and what you can expect from his videos.