Salisbury JournalWarburton confident over fitness (From Salisbury Journal)

If you have a story call our newsdesk on 01722 426511 or email us. To advertise call 01722 426500.

National Sport News RSS Feed

Warburton confident over fitness

Salisbury Journal: Wales captain Sam Warburton is hoping to be available for his country's Six Nations opener Wales captain Sam Warburton is hoping to be available for his country's Six Nations opener

Wales captain Sam Warburton expects to be available for the RBS 6 Nations opener against Italy at the Millennium Stadium on February 1.

Warburton has been out since the end of November with shoulder nerve damage but the British and Irish Lions skipper announced at Wednesday's Championship launch in London that he is winning his fitness battle.

However, his lack of game time while recovering from the injury means he may play a match for Cardiff Blues before taking part in Wales' Six Nations campaign.

"I think I'll be available for selection," Warburton said.

"I need to have a chat with (head coach) Warren Gatland and the medics early next week to decide what's the best thing to do, whether that be go back to my club first to play a game."

Defending champions Wales are seeking their third successive Six Nations title.

"We always look forward to the Six Nations, it's what you're measured on. It's the one we always look forward to," Warburton said.

"This is my fifth Championship now and I love playing in them. We have a chance for three in a row and to create history."

Warburton is battling to be ready for the championship opener against Italy, but said he would respect the call if Wales decide he is not fit enough.

Were that to happen he admitted he could return to Cardiff Blues to turn out in their LV=Cup home clash against Harlequins on Friday, January 31.

Confident he would be ready to jump straight into Wales action if given the green light, Warburton said: "I'm doing a lot of rehab work, it's feeling good but we just have to wait.

"When I first saw the specialist he said the end of January would be most realistic.

"It's similar to what I went through 18 months ago after the 2012 Six Nations.

"Contact is the first hurdle I've got to get over.

"I've done it a few times now, returned quickly after injury.

"The fitness work we do with the Wales squad is great stuff, and they would make sure I wouldn't play if I wasn't fit."

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree