Wales captain Sam Warburton believes he should be available to feature for his country when they start their bid for an historic title.
Wales captain Sam Warburton reckons he should be available to feature for his country when they begin their bid to claim an historic Six Nations title.
Should the Welsh seal the Championship they would become the first nation to win the trophy three years in a row, which would be some feat.
But the lead-up to their title defence has been marred by an off-field saga between the Welsh Rugby Union and the four professional regions.
Because of this, openside Warburton admits it has not been ideal but as he returns from injury, getting on the field is a boost to him personally.
“You always look forward to the Six Nations, Warburton said. “It's what you are measured on.”
The British and Irish Lions tour captain when the combined side, coached by Wales boss Warren Gatland, triumphed 2-1 in Australia last year, added: “Shaun Edwards (Wales' defence coach) mentioned the three in a row in the dressing room after the Australia match. It's a chance to create history.”
As for the off-field arguments bedevilling the Welsh game, Warburton said: “All that goes away when we are in the national camp where Warren has created a great environment.”
Meanwhile Warburton was cautiously optimistic about his chances of playing against Italy.
“I think I'll be available for selection,” he said.
“I need to have a chat with Warren Gatland and the medics early next week to decide what's the best thing to do, whether that be go back to my club first to play a game.”