Wales International Sam Warburton Retires From Rugby Aged 29

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Former Wales captain Sam Warburton has retired from rugby union at the age of 29 after failing to return to peak fitness following neck and knee surgery, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) said on Wednesday.

The former British and Lions captain had recently returned to training with Cardiff Blues, having come back from knee and neck surgery, but has made a decision to call it a day as he felt that he could not return to the heights of his pre-injury performances.

He became only the second man to skipper the Lions on two tours and led them to a series draw with world champions New Zealand a year ago.

Warburton will go down as one of the best Welsh players in history and bows out with a glittering CV that includes leading Wales to Grand Slam and Six Nations glory as well as to two Rugby World Cups.

Capped 74 times by Wales and a further five by the Lions, Warburton led his country a record 49 times.

"I would like the make special mention of Warren Gatland".

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The flanker spent his entire professional club career with Cardiff Blues, having made his debut for his hometown club in 2009. I can not thank the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues enough. "Thank You Sam Warburton for the incredible memories!"

"Amazing contribution by one of the true Six Nations greats".

He also steered Wales to the 2011 World Cup semifinals, when he was sent off in the match against France.

"To look back on my career, I am extremely proud of what I managed to achieve", said Warburton, whose final game proved to be for the Lions in the 15-15 draw in the third test of the tied series with New Zealand in June 2017.

"I hope he can take the time to reflect on a magnificent career and I hope he gets as much pleasure from whatever he does next as he has brought to the people of Wales and the wider rugby public".

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