Sam Warburton ends his reign as captain of the Wales Rugby Team. Alun Wyn Jones has been selected to take over his position. Ospreys lock Alun, of 31 years of age, is set to take on the captainship and the formal handing over will happen on 17th January. Interim coach, Rob Howley would also be announcing the members of the Six Nations team on the same day.
That is how the New Year has begun for the Wales Rugby team. Sam Warburton started off as a flanker from Cardiff Blues. He took on captainship of the team back in 2011. He led the team to victories against the Irish Lions as well as the British along with a win against Australia in the year 2013. Continue reading
The 35 years old Paul O’Connell, the captain of the Irish team, thinks that Wales Rugby Team will be a very tough team for them to beat. Whether or not the Irish team manages to defeat the Welsh team will determine whether or not the Irish team will be able to win the Grand Slam.
Ireland Rugby Team’s last Grand Slam win happened six years ago. This year the Irish team does have a chance of winning the Grand Slam. Earlier, they managed to defeat the England National Rugby Union team. For England, the defeat was a humiliating one as they were considered to be the favourite before the match. The Irish team managed to score 19 points in that match while the score of the English team stood at 9. Paul O’Connell has said that he holds the England National Rugby team in high regard and he is indeed very happy at the fact that they have been able to defeat that team. Continue reading
Sam Warburton, who so famously led Wales to the World Cup Semi Final in the autumn, has declared he will have no issues standing aside if Matthew Rees is reappointed captain for the upcoming Six Nations campaign.
Rees led Wales in last year’s Six Nations, only to miss the World Cup in New Zealand with a neck injury. Warburton stepped into his boots and received a huge amount of praise from all sides for his leadership skills, despite his sending off against France proving a crucial part of their eventual elimination from the tournament.
Warburton though, who has also been named Rugby Writers Club’s personality of the year this week insists it is playing for his country that is the most important thing to him whether that be as captain or under someone such as Rees.
Warburton told BBC sport “I’ve had no indication what’s going to happen, but Matthew was captain for the last Six Nations campaign. He did a brilliant job and it was only bad luck why he didn’t end up being captain in the World Cup”.