Sam Warburton's 'professional attitude' is hailed by assistant coach Robin McBryde

Last Updated: 14/02/13 4:52pm

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Sam Warburton: Working hard in the gym to get back to full fitness

Sam Warburton: Working hard in the gym to get back to full fitness

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Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde has praised the 'professional attitude' shown by Sam Warburton, who has missed out on being recalled for their next Six Nations match against Italy in Rome on Saturday, 23 February.

The 35-times capped flanker suffered a shoulder injury against Ireland earlier this month and missed the historic victory in Paris last Saturday - which was Wales' first international success for almost a year.

Coach Rob Howley has already named his starting XV for Rome - he is keeping an unchanged side - which means the best Warburton can expect is a place on the bench.

Howley will name his replacements on Tuesday next week and McBryde was quick to hail Warburton who has seen Ryan Jones take over the captaincy in the 24-year-old's absence.

He said: "Sam is going to be put through his paces either Friday or Saturday. At the moment, it is all positive.

"He is in the gym, he's working on a one-to-one basis with the medical team and everything is going in the right direction at this stage.

"Rob has spoken to Sam. He is certainly in a positive mood and he is taking everything in his step, as you would expect somebody of Sam's standing and maturity to do.

"He is the utmost professional, and it was good to see him throwing up his lunch on the training field yesterday, having worked that hard."

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