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Sam Warburton thrilled to have Wales captaincy back for Springboks clash

Last Updated: 07/11/13 8:00am

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Sam Warburton: Wanted the Wales captaincy back 'big time'

Sam Warburton: Wanted the Wales captaincy back 'big time'

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Sam Warburton cannot wait to get the Wales captaincy back when they face South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The British and Irish Lions skipper has not started a Test as captain of his country since early February, when he was injured in their Six Nations opener against Ireland.

Ryan Jones and Gethin Jenkins went on to lead the side, with the latter in charge when they beat England to clinch the title even though Warburton had returned to the squad by then.

"I think people know about what I was going through in the last Six Nations," said Warburton.

"I was having a dip in confidence but after the back-end of the tournament, the summer and the start of this season I am getting to the stage now where I feel I am the right person to do it, and I really want to do it.

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"I've done it 20 times for Wales and I really feel comfortable with it now, especially with the guys we've got. I wanted it back big time.

"It makes it so much easier knowing we have 22 other guys in the squad. Guys like Alun-Wyn Jones and Adam Jones are invaluable and will have as much influence, if not more, than myself in a training week.

"Those guys are really important for us. When we do a line-out and scrummaging session Alun-Wyn will pretty much take everything - he's very hands on and making a lot of the decisions which takes the weight off my shoulders.

"Having these guys around makes my job really easy."

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