Sam Warburton

Welsh rugby union player

Sam Kennedy-Warburton (born 5 October 1988), known as Sam Warburton, is a Welsh international rugby union player. Warburton plays rugby for the Cardiff Blues and was first capped for Wales in 2009. He plays as an openside flanker but is also can play blindside. In June 2011, he was named as Wales captain versus the Barbarians and in August 2011 he was named as the Wales captain for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. In April 2013, he was named the British and Irish Lions captain for the 2013 tour to Australia, and was also named as captain for the 2017 tour to New Zealand[1][2] Warburton holds the record for the most Wales caps as captain.

Sam Warburton
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=Warburton at the 2012 Grand Slam celebrations
Personal information
Full name Sam Kennedy Warburton
Date of birth (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 34)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Flanker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Glamorgan Wonderers 27 (10)
2009–2017 Cardiff Blues 105 (45)
National team
2006 Wales U18
2007 Wales U19 5 (0)
2008 Wales U20 4 (5)
2009-Present Wales 74 (25)
2013,2017 British and Irish Lions 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


  1. "Lions 2013: Jonny Wilkinson out but Sam Warburton is captain". BBC Sport. April 2013.
  2. "Sam Warburton on Lions captaincy call: I thought it was one of the lads playing a prank". The Telegraph. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.