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Lions captain Sam Warburton announces shock retirement

Sam Warburton has announced his retirement from the game. He led Wales for a record 49 times in his 74 appearances.

The former Wales captain has not played since leading the 2017 Lions to a drawn series against New Zealand.



The back-rower recently returned to Cardiff Blues training after being sidelined for 2017-18 by knee and neck surgery.

“My body is unable to give me back what I had hoped for on my return to training,” said Warburton.

Wales and Lions coach Warren Gatland said: “It is hugely disappointing that Sam has retired from the game.



“He is an outstanding rugby player and he has brought so much to the game on and off the pitch.

“His leadership, attitude and demeanour along with his performances have placed Sam up there as one of the best and most respected players in the world.

“He finishes with a record that he should be extremely proud of and should look back on his career with huge pride.”


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