Sam Warburton, who was originally supposed to be the Loins captain but got injured, can now make his debut in the upcoming match against Queensland Reds on Saturday. Sam Warburton was suffering from a knee injury which meant that he was forced to miss the first two Lions games on their tour, but now his knee has healed and he has been declared fit to play. After temporarily losing his captaincy to Paul O’Connell due to injury, he will now lead the Lions out for the first time in a match they are likely to win.
Sam Warburton unfortunately had to miss the first two games the Lions played, but they were very successful matches winning both by a large margin. The first game against the Barbarians finished 59-8 in the Lions’ favour and the second game was also won 69-17 against Western Force; two easy wins for the British and Irish Lions. Now that Sam Warburton is back captaining the team, hopefully this will make the players play even better and defeat Queensland Reds very comfortably.
Gethin Jenkins is also going to make his first start of the tour for the Lions whilst Ben and Tom Youngs, Matt Stevens and Geoff Parling all get their first start in this match. Sam Warburton commented on getting back into the squad, “I wish the game was tomorrow really. I am just dying to get out on the pitch. It can’t come quick enough. Seeing the boys bringing their Lions jerseys back to the hotel after games has been tough, knowing they have that jersey to take home with them.”
British and Irish Lions’ coach, Warren Gatland, had this to say about Warburton, “It was just precautionary with Sam. He would have started the first game, but this is a big game for him now and a big game for the team.” Now that Sam Warburton has returned to the team, hopefully he can boost the team morale and drive them to a third victory on their tour.
Author Daniel Foster.
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