Sam Kennedy-Warburton, OBE – born 5 October 1988 – is a Welsh former international rugby union player.
Warburton played rugby for the Cardiff Blues and was first capped for Wales in 2009. He usually played as an openside flanker but was also capable of playing at blindside.
In June 2011, he was named as Wales captain versus the Barbarians and subsequently in August 2011 he was named as the Wales captain for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
In April 2013, he was named the Lions’ captain for the 2013 tour to Australia, and was also named as captain for the 2017 tour to New Zealand.
Warburton held the record for the most Wales caps as captain (49) until surpassed by Alun Wyn Jones.
In July 2018, the Wales and British & Irish Lions captain announced his retirement from rugby union at 29 years of age after failing to fully recover from neck and back surgery.
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