British and Irish Lions: Skipper Sam Warburton says the Lions are desperate to win

Last Updated: 20/06/13 10:52pm

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Sam Warburton: Lions determined to succeed

Sam Warburton: Lions determined to succeed

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British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has highlighted the desire to succeed in the camp ahead of Saturday's Test opener with Australia at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Warburton has already reached a World Cup semi-final with Wales and skippered his country to Six Nations Grand Slam success in 2012.

But the 24-year-old admits he would love to lead the Lions to their first series success since their tour of South Africa in 1997.

"I think everybody is desperate to achieve," said Warburton, after being named among eight Lions Test debutants for Saturday's opener.

"That is the one thing which you will see in the body language of every player for every game, because none of us has achieved a Lions Test series win and it's something you desperately want to have on your rugby CV.

"We've got Heineken Cup winners, Grand Slam winners, English Aviva Premiership winners, all these competitions, but nobody has ticked the Lions box.

"That is something which I think we will be pretty desperate in wanting to achieve.

"That's the one thing that will be a certainty in all three matches, the players' determination to get a result."

The Lions suffered their first defeat of the tour when they were beaten 14-12 by the Brumbies on Tuesday but Warburton is confident they can bounce back against the Wallabies.

Highlights of the 2001 second Test between Australia and the British & Irish Lions.

"We spoke as players in the changing-room afterwards and then focused straightaway on Saturday, which we have to," he added.

"There is no time to dwell on it, really, because there is a four-day turnaround and some of those players will be involved again on Saturday.

"It didn't go our way, but I think if we can win the Test series then people won't remember that Brumbies game.

"The next few matches are the important ones, and we will prepare ourselves to achieve in those."

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