Sam Warburton retires: Players pay tribute to flanker’s career

Charlie Peat
18 July 2018

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Sam Warburton has announced his retirement from rugby after an illustrious career with the Cardiff Blues, Wales and the British & Irish Lions.

The 29-year-old led his country to a Six Nations grand slam in 2012 before captaining the Lions in their historic 2-1 series victory in Australia in 2013.

The Cardiff-born flanker spent his entire career at the Welsh region, helping the Blues collect the European Challenge Cup in 2010, the first Welsh side to win a European trophy.

Warburton has left an indelible mark on Welsh rugby history and tributes have been flocking in across social media to celebrate the career of the totemic forward.

Players past and present were also keen to hail Warburton for all of his achievements

There are plenty of statistics to back up Warburton’s fine career for club and country

Fellow Guinness PRO14 sides were quick to pay tribute to the Welsh leader for his impact on the league.

Adored by thousands, fans of Warburton couldn’t help but share their favourite moments from his career

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