Warburton in fitness race

Date published: June 5 2016

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 26:  Captain Sam Warburton of Wales looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and France at the Principality Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Wales captain Sam Warburton will be going all out to achieve a personal milestone and help his team beat the All Blacks for the first time since 1953.

Warburton has been working hard on the training field in the last few weeks after sustaining a shoulder injury earlier in the season and he is hopeful that he will be ready to lead his team into battle in the first Test match on June 11.

Warburton told the Daily Mail that beating New Zealand would complete one of his long term goals.

“On my CV of things to achieve, beating the All Blacks is definitely one of them. If any of our players I heard behind closed doors saying I don’t think we are going to win I would say you are not the right guy to come on the tour. Mind-set is half the battle,” said Warburton.

“I wouldn’t want to dance and celebrate if we beat them. That shows how big the gap is if you are going to make that big a deal out of beating them once.

“England, in 2003, did it a few times and that’s the standard that everyone in the Northern Hemisphere should try to emulate.”

Warburton added that he is slowly getting back to full fitness after taking part in training sessions over the last few weeks.

“Whether it’s going to be the first Test or the Chiefs game, I don’t know yet,” he explained.

“But because I have had a shoulder injury, I have still been taking part in rugby sessions and they have run the legs off me.

“If I had had an operation it would have been pretty bad, but I have been able to do line-outs, pass and all the normal pattern stuff we do.”

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