Fitness not a worry for Warburton

Date published: February 1 2016

Wales captain Sam Warburton isn't concerned about his match fitness despite playing in only one game since recovering from injury.

That one game was in the Challenge Cup last month playing for Cardiff Blues against Calvisano.

Warburton injured his ankle last November but the fact that he has only just returned to action – he was not released by Wales to get more minutes last weekend – isn't worrying the 62-cap openside flanker.

"I've been quite used to being injured and coming back to international rugby," Warburton told the Six Nations website.

"I played a full World Cup campaign before coming back and getting injured in my third game for the Blues.

"I've managed to get a game under my belt, but it's only been seven weeks, I don't feel like I've been away from the game for long.

"It doesn't bother me a whole lot. I'll be ready to play mentally. It was a good game to come back for as I got more touches in attack than usual, the game was quick and my ankle held up fine.

"So at least I know that injury was done and dusted. I'm going into the Six Nations happy."

Wales open their campaign against defending champions Ireland on Sunday, February 7.