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Warburton fitness boost for Lions

04th June 2013 14:12


Sam Warburton British Irish Lions 2013

Back in training: Sam Warburton

British and Irish Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree has revealed that tour captain Sam Warburton is ready to resume full training.

Back-rower Warburton was unable to skipper the side in their 59-8 win over the Barbarians last weekend due to a knee injury and will not play in Wednesday's match against Western Force in Perth.

But the Wales stalwart has taken part in running drills on the squad's arrival in Australia and, along with fit-again front-rower Gethin Jenkins - who was battling to overcome a calf injury - could make his comeback against the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.

"Sam will train fully tomorrow," said Rowntree.

"He didn't quite do everything today - he did some extended running drills and will be fine for tomorrow."

The Lions are keen lay down a marker when they play for the first time Din Australia against the Force. The players will be eager to impress Lions boss Warren Gatland in their quest to make the Test squad.

"I thought we set the bar fairly high on Saturday in difficult conditions," Rowntree added.

"A lot of our proven guys that have played a lot of games found those conditions harder than anything, harder than altitude or anything like that.

"In difficult conditions and our first hit-out together, the guys set a high standard, and tomorrow's crew have got to move that bar up again.

"We've said to the guys the first three games everyone gets a start, so after the Reds game (on Saturday) I think we have got to start making some decisions on combinations and having a look at people.

"And certainly by the Waratahs and ACT (Brumbies) games, we need to know who we are going to start with in the (first) Test, but at this point in time there is everything there to play for for everyone."