Warburton Factfile

After Sam Warburton was appointed as captain of the British and Irish Lions, we look at his rise to fame.

Last Updated: 30/04/13 12:17pm

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Sam Warburton: Handed the British and Irish Lions captaincy by Warren Gatland

Sam Warburton: Handed the British and Irish Lions captaincy by Warren Gatland

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Sky Sports takes a look at the 24-year-old's rise to fame after being handed the captaincy by Warren Gatland.

Warburton in numbers

  • Age: 24
  • Caps: 38
  • Tries: 2
  • Win percentage: 47.4 per cent
  • World Cup games: 6
  • Win percentage: 66.7 per cent
  • Appearanes against Australia: 6
  • Win percentage against Australia: 0 per cent
  • Height: 1.88m (6'2")
  • Weight: 103kg (16st3lb)
  • Test career: 2009-2013

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 2011 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 6 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.

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