He'll be a loss to the Blues because he’s a special player and a special captain but the most important thing is that Sam is happy with his decision and that he walks away from the game with everything OK.”, Tour de France leader Geraint Thomas: “Sam’s had a fantastic career. England, who last week got their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start by beating Scotland 15-9 at Murrayfield, take on Italy in Rome this afternoon knowing that they and France are now the only two sides capable of winning a Grand Slam. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate.

"Countless people work behind the scenes in professional rugby but I would like to thank to the fantastic medical teams at both WRU and Cardiff Blues who have looked after me throughout my career. Start your trial to The Week today and your first 6 issues are, Boris Johnson may impose national lockdown next week, Dozens killed as Greece and Turkey hit by earthquake, Renters struggle with housing costs during pandemic, All Blacks vs Lions: Honours even as epic final Test ends in a draw, Sport shorts: F1 targets season start in Austria on 5 July, Sport shorts: Liverpool-Atletico tie to be investigated, British sport faces bankruptcy the longer the lockdown lasts, Sport shorts: Bundesliga ready to return on 9 May, Back pages: Phil Neville to leave Lionesses next summer, Sport shorts: Juve remain keen on England captain Kane, Sport shorts: Leeds legend Hunter dies of coronavirus, Best films of 2020: Parasite, Enola Holmes and more, Podcasts of the Week: from Danny Dyer to French & Saunders.

The Cardiff Blues flanker missed the entire 2017/18 season in order to have surgery on knee and neck injuries in the space of 12 weeks, and despite hoping that seven months of rest would repair the extensive damage that his rugby career has inflicted, he has been forced to retire from the game ahead of the new season. Cardiff Blues flanker forced to quit after failing to recover from knee and neck injuries "I hope he can take the time to reflect on a magnificent career and I hope he gets as much pleasure from whatever he does next as he has brought to the people of Wales and the wider rugby public.

In the short-term, however, Warburton is receiving plaudits from around the world and across sport for a career characterised by utter commitment and integrity. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium.

Scotland were good value for their half-time lead, as Wales captain Sam Warburton conceded after the final whistle. Once again, they did so courtesy of a controversial try, with scrum-half Gareth Davies scoring a try when he was clearly offside. I thank you so much for supporting my dreams and aspirations.

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has retired from rugby at the age of 29 – an announcement that stunned Wales and the wider rugby world. Earlier in the day in Paris, France beat Ireland 10-9 in a dour encounter. Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

Warburton, a fearless flanker, has endured a series of nasty injuries over the years, a result of his courage in putting his body in places where other rugby players don’t.

"I cannot thank the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues enough, who have gone beyond the call of duty, in providing the support I received to help me get back on the field, for which I will be forever grateful.”. Warburton retires as the most successful Lions captain in the history of the team, being one of just two men to captain the invitational side twice and having an undefeated record of a series win and draw against Australia and New Zealand respectively. "Since I first played aged 10 at Llanishen Fach Primary School, then Whitchurch High School and Rhiwbina Juniors RFC, I always dreamed of playing for my hometown club the Cardiff Blues, Wales and the British and Irish Lions. Dog lovers are being encouraged to enter snaps and video clips of their dogs in an effort to win the coveted title of ‘Best in Show’, which will be selected by the Welsh former international rugby union player. “There are so many people who helped me along the way from schoolteachers, coaches, friends and family. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? The way that Sam has conducted himself as Wales and Lions captain, on and off the pitch, has been exemplary.”, Wales legend Gareth Edwards: “Sam has played the game in one way; he puts his head in these dangerous places, he hasn't been afraid to play the game physically. US election 2020 polls: who is going to win - Donald Trump or Joe Biden? “We had to work really hard for that win, but then we weren’t surprised by that after the way Scotland played in the World Cup,” said the flanker. Sam Warburton pays tribute to the fighting spirit of Scotland Wales's captain was full of praise for Scotland, despite the fact that they surrendered a leading position at the Millennium Stadium Paying tribute to Warburton, Gatland acknowledged his impact on the game off the field, having grown a reputation as one of the most-liked and well-spoken players to have graced the game, as well as his leadership on it in particular reference to last July’s third Test against the All Blacks in Auckland.

England have struggled in Rome recently, winning by five points or less in three of their last four visits. “I'm extremely proud of what I managed to achieve,” said Warburton.

", Sam Warburton retires as the most successful Lions captain in history, Warburton led the Lions to a series draw against New Zealand in 2017 and victory over AUstralia four years earlier, Warburton captained the Lions against Australia and New Zealand, Gataland paid tribute to Warburton's character off the pitch, Warburton is Wales' most-capped captain (Getty).

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The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. To look back on my career, I'm extremely proud of what I managed to achieve. “After a long period of rest and rehabilitation the decision to retire from rugby has been made with my health and wellbeing as a priority.”.

Two years ago website Wales Online listed his 20 major injuries, which included “a plate inserted into his jaw, two knee operations, two shoulder surgeries and… an 8cm tear in his hamstring and various episodes of shoulder nerve damage”. Copyright © Dennis Publishing Limited 2020.

"I would like the make special mention of Warren Gatland. I hope they too can take some pride from my career. His captaincy in the third test for the Lions in New Zealand, in a game finely balanced and potentially historic, was exemplary. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. "In a test career full of great moments, one in particular sticks in my mind.

Good luck for everything in the future.”, Congratulations on an incredible career mate. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. The Week™ is a registered trade mark. Fittingly, Warburton’s final match will always remain the thrilling third Test decider against the All Blacks last summer, which ended in a 15-15 draw and secured the Lions’ first ever series draw in New Zealand, having never beaten them. Scotland also offered a lot in attack, with Greig Laidlaw being a good running nine and giving us problems.

“We did some really good things but then we let in a couple of soft tries. We had to tighten up around the ruck and improve our defence at the breakdown.”.

However the Scarlets flanker chose to kick ahead, with the ball rolling harmlessly into touch.

"Lastly, to all the many fans, with whom I've shared some fantastic memories with, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for all your support.

Rugby legend Sam Warburton will be judging photographs of the nation’s beloved pooches as part of NSPCC Cymru’s virtual dog show. Captain Sergio Parisse refused to be intimidated by Eddie Jones's declaration that England intend to give the Azzurri a "good hiding" or that they should “smack them” at the Stadio Flaminio. Scotland shaded the territorial battle, recycled the ball more often, had far more ball carries and offloads than Wales, but also missed twice as many tackles as their hosts. Among his career highlights were captaining Wales to the 2012 Six Nations title with a Grand Slam and leading the 2013 Lions to a series win over Australia - the tourists’ first Test series success in 16 years.

The winning score, a try by French fullback Maxime Medard after he beat replacement flanker Tommy O’Donnell to go over under the posts, came in the 70th minute after a long series of scrums on the Irish line. Crucially, Scotland once again had enough chances to win this game, with flanker John Barclay squandering one particularly glaring first-half opportunity when he broke clear with one man to beat and Stuart Hogg on his left should and Mark Bennett off his right shoulder. To make matters worse, Ireland also lost flanker Sean O’Brien and stand-off Johnny Sexton to injury. Good luck for everything in the future @samwarburton_ #welshlegend pic.twitter.com/QZknUjV28m, — Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) July 18, 2018, WRU chief executive Martyn Phillip: “Sam has left the jersey in a better place which is the goal I know most, if not all, Welsh players set themselves.

There was no shortage of endeavour from Scotland, but their inexperience in closing out games showed after the break when they let a match-winning lead slip. “He is an outstanding rugby player and he has brought so much to the game on and off the pitch. "It is hugely disappointing that Sam has retired from the game,” Gatland said.

", Wales footballer Gareth Bale: “Congratulations on an incredible career mate. Sam Warburton retires: tributes for Welsh rugby star; Related Articles. We put in a far better performance that that today and after half-time we managed to slow them down with our defence and get on the front foot.”.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/article-8843439 "Eddie Jones I think is a great coach, obviously he is trying to motivate his squad after Scotland," said Parisse. Credit to Wales, who played well and never gave up, but we’ve got to look at ourselves. Wales's captain was full of praise for Scotland, despite the fact that they surrendered a leading position at the Millennium Stadium.

We have to be able to win our lineout ball at this level, and we have to stop giving away silly penalties.”. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Start your Independent Premium subscription today.

The New Zealand media were mightily impressed by him, and rightly so. The list is an indication of the alarmingly physical nature of modern rugby, and the retirement of one of the sport’s stars in his twenties should be a wake-up call to the authorities that something needs to be done to reduce the brutality of the sport. Since skippering the Lions to their memorable drawn series against the All Blacks 12 months ago in New Zealand, Warburton has been battling serious knee and neck injuries that required surgery. Scotland were disappointed to miss out once again, New Covid lockdown rules for England: what you can and can't do from Thursday, Beauty salons to close again: What England's new lockdown rules mean for your appointments, Blue Wall MPs in talks to direct donor funds away from Tory HQ, Biden set to focus on EU at expense of ‘special relationship’, A glimmer of hope in sight for a world that is in flux, Wales beat Scotland 27-23 at the Millennium Stadium to go second in the Six Nations behind France.

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