Former England FLY-half and Sky Sports commentator Stuart Barnes has claimed RETIRING Sam Warburton was “not a great player”.
“Congratulations and commiserations to Sam Warburton on his illustrious career but sadly premature retirement,” he said.
I never in a million years expected this much support. I cannot put into words how much it means to me. Reading all the lovely messages has been genuinely overwhelming. It’s been an emotional 24hrs, but confirms that the rugby family we are in is amazing 😊 pic.twitter.com/W54X0XFYuv
— Sam Warburton (@samwarburton_) July 19, 2018
“Wales are not left short of either leaders or sevens.
He continued: “You could knock his game but he understood it was okay as long as the stick wasn’t personal and it could never be that as he is such a decent man.
“Great player? No. Great influence? Definitely.
“Game a little limited. Didn’t know what his hands were for, for much of his career. Said who? Sam himself.
“When both fit I preferred SOB (Sean O’Brien) at 7. That is not to denigrate one hell of a career.”