Warburton factfile

Last Updated: 01/07/13 8:57am

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Following the news that British and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton will miss the deciding third Test against Australia in Sydney, we look back on the career of the talented openside flanker.

1988 - October 5: Born in Cardiff, educated at Whitchurch Comprehensive.

2007 - January: Named Principality Premiership player of the month after man-of-the-match performances for Glamorgan Wanderers against Bridgend, Bedwas and Maesteg; March: Named Wales Under-19 captain for the 2007 IRB World Championships.

2009 - May: Makes regional debut for Cardiff Blues against Edinburgh; June: Makes Wales debut against the United States in Chicago.

2010 - November: Moves ahead of Martyn Williams to become Wales' first choice openside.

2011 - June: Captains Wales for the first time in defeat to the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium; August: Appointed captain for the World Cup, becoming the youngest Welshman to lead his team at the tournament; October: Wales reach the semi-finals but Warburton is sent off after only 17 minutes against France for a spear tackle on Vincent Clerc. Wales lose the match and Warburton serves three-week ban; November: Accepts the tackle was "uglier" than he initially thought and refuses to criticise his dismissal or suspension.

2012 - March: Plays through the RBS Six Nations with a shoulder injury as he leads Wales to the Grand Slam climaxing in a title decider against France; June: Makes good recovery from shoulder problem to start all three Tests on summer tour to Australia.

2013 - February: Starts Six Nations as Wales captain only to suffer a shoulder injury; March: Returns to the starting line-up against Scotland, but Ryan Jones remains skipper. Gethin Jenkins then named captain against England with Warburton playing blindside flanker; April 30: Named captain for the British and Irish Lions tour of Hong Kong and Australia; June: Misses the games against the Barbarians and Western Force with a knee problem. Finally makes his first appearance on the tour against the Reds on June 8; June 22: Leads Lions to 23-21 victory over Wallabies in first Test in Brisbane; June 29: Suffers hamstring injury during Lions' 16-15 defeat in second Test in Melbourne. Helped from the pitch in the 67th minute and watches from the sidelines as Australia centre Christian Leali'ifano converts Adam Ashley-Cooper's late try to seal the win and level the series; July 1: Ruled out of decisive final Test due to what Lions describe as "a significant tear" to left hamstring.

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