Warburton: My biggest game

Wales skipper has overcome knee injury ahead of Six Nations decider

Last Updated: 15/03/12 4:54pm

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Sam Warburton: bidding to lead Wales to third Grand Slam in a decade

Sam Warburton: bidding to lead Wales to third Grand Slam in a decade

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Wales captain Sam Warburton says Saturday's Six Nations clash with France will be the "biggest game" of his career.

The openside is back in the starting XV after shaking off a knee injury which kept him out of last week's victory over Italy and a win over the French would earn Wales their third Grand Slam in 10 years.

He has his own French demons to banish - the first time he played them he was injured early in the game, and the second time, the World Cup semi-final, he was famously sent off.

"I have started against France twice, and I haven't made it past the 20-minute mark on either occasion," he said.

"The first time I got injured, and then there was the semi-final, so it would be nice to stay on for a bit longer than that this time and have a good outing against Thierry Dusautoir.

Feeling great

"I am feeling great. I am really happy with the way the knee has responded. I ran on it on the morning of the Italy game - I'd had two weeks of nothing until that - so on Tuesday this week I could do pretty much everything at training.

"I had more treatment yesterday, and it feels great again, so it's back to normal. I am 100 per cent going to play."

"I remember watching the Wales Grand Slams in 2005 and 2008, and as a kid that is what motivated me to play rugby, really, when you watched those games.

"It is something you want to take part in, so every time I trained as a teenager I wanted to end up playing in games like this one, which is why I feel so lucky and privileged to be here.

"It will be the biggest game of my career, and it can't come soon enough."

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