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Sam Warburton happy to not captain Wales in Six Nations decider against England

Last Updated: 16/03/13 4:53pm

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Sam Warburton: Has backed the decision to hand Gethin Jenkins the captaincy against England

Sam Warburton: Has backed the decision to hand Gethin Jenkins the captaincy against England

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Sam Warburton insists he has no qualms over not being named captain for Wales' Six Nations decider with England.

Gethin Jenkins will skipper the side in Cardiff after Ryan Jones was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Warburton revealed in his Daily Telegraph column that he discussed the captaincy with interim coach Rob Howley and they agreed that he should be allowed to concentrate on his own game.

The 24-year-old said: "The first thing to say is that I am gutted for Ryan Jones, who has captained Wales so well during this campaign but is not playing against England on Saturday because of injury.

"The second thing to say is that I am perfectly happy with the fact that I am not Wales captain in his place. I am sure Gethin Jenkins will do a great job.

"I took over for the last 30 or so minutes when Ryan went off against Scotland, and I actually felt very comfortable being captain during that time."

He added: "But I am not captain from the start tomorrow so that I can concentrate on my own game.

"I had a chat with our coach, Rob Howley, and it was mutually agreed that that would be the best thing for everyone.

"And that is fine with me because I thought last week went really well for me personally.

"I quite enjoyed not having the responsibilities a captain has, especially before the game, and I could sit down beforehand in the changing room and completely focus on myself."

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