Sam Warburton happy without burden of Wales captaincy
Last Updated: March 17, 2013 11:02pm
Sam Warburton: Towering displays without pressure of captaincy
Sam Warburton insists he would have no complaints if he does not regain the Wales captaincy.
The flanker praised Ryan Jones and Gethin Jenkins after they led Wales to the Six Nations title following a stunning title-clinching 30-3 victory over England.
Warburton started the Six Nations as skipper after guiding Wales to Grand Slam glory last year and an impressive 2011 World Cup semi-final appearance - their best performance on rugby's global stage for 24 years.
But a shoulder injury then sidelined him for Wales' trip to France last month, and Jones took over, masterminding three successive away wins that underpinned the latest Six Nations title triumph.
Warburton delivered towering displays against Scotland and England, returning to his best form less than two months before the British and Irish Lions squad for Australia is announced.
"To be honest with you, I am just enjoying what we are going through at the moment," Warburton said.
"If Ryan was to keep the captaincy or Gethin was to keep it, I wouldn't complain with that. I think they are two phenomenal players with a load of experience, and I am learning off those guys all the time.
"We have got a lot of great candidates who can do the captaincy. I think people can look into the captaincy a little bit too much. If any of those guys do it, they will do as good a job as anyone.
"The captaincy is a massive honour, but not to have it, I was able just to focus on myself. If I concentrate on my own role, then I have done my bit for the team.
"It is one less thing to think about, but Ryan and Gethin have done immense jobs since they've stepped in. They are both very experienced players.
"For me, the most important thing is starting for Wales and making sure I can play well when I do that."