Warburton reportedly could step down

Date published: January 8 2017

Wales captain Sam Warburton is reportedly considering stepping down from his role as captain of his country to focus on his game.

WalesOnline allege that Warburton is weighing up the move given his place is under pressure in the Wales back row from Justin Tipuric.

Warburton has led Wales since 2011, captaining his country at the two Rugby World Cups. He was also named as the initial captain for the British and Irish Lions tour in 2013.

The report also suggests that Warburton would also rule himself out of the running to lead the Lions in New Zealand in order to improve his chances of being selected.

Warburton played for Wales against Argentina back in November but was not the team’s captain, wanting to focus on his own game. Despite leading Wales to two Six Nations titles, Warburton has suffered frequently from injuries in recent years.