Warburton restricted to 16 games

Date published: September 23 2014

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Sam Warburton’s new dual contract with the WRU will limit him to playing only 16 games per season for Cardiff Blues.

Sam Warburton’s new dual contract with the WRU will limit him to playing only 16 games per season for Cardiff Blues.

Warburton’s absence from last Friday’s game with Ulster was put down to managing the player, but the Welsh region have now revealed the real reason for his absence.

Under the terms of the new contract, the first since the Participation Agreement was agreed between the WRU and the regions, the governing body will pay 60 percent of his salary.

Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett revealed the terms of the deal, while adding that there was no clause allowing the WRU to choose when Warburton could play.

The Wales captain is expected to face Leinster on Friday.

“From game time there’s a figure of 16 games… we are not told when a player can or can’t play,” Hammett told the BBC.

“But we have agreed to negotiate and talk together with the player.

“So if we use Sam as an example, we talk with Sam, obviously the Blues and the Welsh Rugby Union to work out what is the best schedule for Sam – not just what’s best for Wales or what’s best for the Blues, but a combination.

“I’ve had those conversations around Sam with Gats [Wales coach Warren Gatland], with Sam himself.

“We’ve got to keep in mind because of the way rugby is there are injuries, there are illnesses, things like that so it’s a living document, it’s a best guess in a way.”

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