Autumn internationals: Sam Warburton looking for Welsh wins

Last Updated: 31/10/13 10:49am

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Sam Warburton: Believes the Lions' experience will help Wales

Sam Warburton: Believes the Lions' experience will help Wales

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Sam Warburton believes the successful British & Irish Lions tour can boost Wales as they look to win three out of four Autumn internationals at least.

Warren Gatland's side take on South Africa, Argentina, Tonga and Australia at the Millennium Stadium next month.

Skipper Warburton believes the Lions win over Australia this summer will give the Welsh confidence to claim victories in at least three of those games.

He told Sky Sports News: "I think, going into this autumn, we're probably as confident as we've ever been.

"The last home game we played for Wales was when we played England, the last game of the Six Nations which we all have great memories of that as Welshmen (with Wales winning 30-3 to claim the Six Nations).

"And going away in the summer to the Lions and the success we had down there against Australia, the group of Welsh players who have come back now are obviously full of confidence and really looking forward to the Autumn campaign.

"I think for Wales, we've underachieved in the Autumn campaigns in the last few years.

"We've set the bar very high this Autumn campaign and hopefully get at least three wins out of four."

Australia Test

Wales and Australia are in the same pool in the 2015 World Cup and asked if playing them in the final international will help preparations, Warburton replied: "To be honest, the World Cup hasn't been spoken about.

"We've set the bar very high this Autumn campaign and hopefully get at least three wins out of four."
Sam Warburton

"From a player's point of view, it's still a really long way away but I guess every journalist and pundit will analyse every Wales, England and Australia game under the microscope ready for that World Cup.

"It's obviously an awesome group to be involved in and as players you'd love to be part of that World Cup 2015 and from a Welsh perspective it's the closest we're going to get to a home World Cup.

"But I guess people will read into what happens on Saturday with England- Australia and with Wales quite a lot when it comes to form going into the World Cup.

"But two years is a really long time away and a lot could happen then. For Wales, we know that in particular. (The last) two years has been a pretty crazy two years for Wales from a rugby perspective with the British Lions and successive Championships we've had.

"So a lot could happen from now and the World Cup so it's difficult to take too much attention to really what happens on the weekends this Autumn."

LIONS TRIUMPHANT: A Captain's Story by Sam Warburton is published in hardback on 7th November. Follow @schustersport on Twitter for updates on the book signing tour.

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