Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton retires due to injury

Sport360 staff 15:07 18/07/2018
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Warburton captained the Lions on successful tours in 2013 and 2017.

Sam Warburton has retired from professional rugby at the age of 29.

The former Wales skipper, who captained the British and Irish Lions on tours to Australia in 2013 and New Zealand last summer, underwent neck and knee surgery last year and has not played for 12 months.

The announcement was made jointly by the Welsh Rugby Union and Warburton’s regional team Cardiff Blues.

Warburton said: “Unfortunately, after a long period of rest and rehabilitation the decision to retire from rugby has been made with my health and well-being as a priority as my body is unable to give me back what I had hoped for on my return to training.”

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