Warburton plays down tunnel dispute

Date published: February 6 2015

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Wales captain Sam Warburton played down an apparent disagreement between his side and England before kickoff at the Millennium Stadium.

England captain Chris Robshaw and full-back Mike Brown were visibly annoyed at being made to go out before Wales, rather than the two sides taking the field at the same time.

“The message we had was that both teams wanted to be in the tunnel, but we wanted to go out second as we normally do when we’re at home, that’s all” said Warburton.

Warren Gatland revealed that winger George North and Samson Lee will both go through the concussion protocols ahead of facing Scotland next weekend.

“I didn’t see the second knock that he got, but he’s come off for the first one and passed all the protocols in terms of that. They have to go through those protocols over the next few days to see how he is,” said Gatland.

“Samson Lee took a bit of a knock so he’s someone we need to assess as well.”

Gatland had high praise for England flanker James Haskell, with the Wasps back-row putting in one of his best performances in a Test match, as England’s depth shone through despite a high number of injuries.

“They’ve got a number of injuries but a huge amount of depth as well. That 10-12-13 combination went pretty well didn’t it?”

“I thought James Haskell was absolutely outstanding today. I can’t see where you would argue that England are massively depleted. They have strength in depth and the players that came in did a fantastic job. Tom Wood would probably find it difficult to get back in that team the way that Haskell played.”

The Wales head coach will also review where his side went wrong at the scrum, with J

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