Wilson: Warburton should be fit for Lions

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:11
Large sam warburton wales 800

INJURY UPDATE: Sam Warburton faces six weeks out with a knee injury, but his Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson said he should be fit in time for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

The 28-year-old forward - who many have predicted could captain the Lions in New Zealand after his success four years ago in the 2-1 Test series win over Australia - won't play again for Cardiff Blues before the Lions depart for New Zealand, but he should be fit by the tour opener on June 3.

"Sam has a low-grade medial strain which will put him out for approximately six weeks, which won't interfere with the Lions," said Wilson at a press conference

"He shouldn't have any problem regarding the Lions.

"Knowing how diligent Sam will be, with all these things, you see players who get back quickly if they follow religiously the protocol and they get a bit of luck.

"And I am sure that will be the case with Sam in terms of him following the protocol, and then we will see, all being well, how quickly he can come back.

"'Low grade' was the important bit of news.

"Sam is very experienced and a good professional who knows his body. He knows if he works hard he will be back relatively quickly.

"I think it is relatively good news, considering how it could have been."

Warburton, who had an impressive Six Nations tournament after being relieved of the captaincy, suffered the injury during the 24-24 Pro12 draw with Ulster last week.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland - who guided them to their Test series win over the Wallabies in 2013 - names his squad next week.

They will be bidding to become only the second Lions squad to record a Test series win over the All Blacks - the 1971 Lions having beaten them 2-1 with one Test drawn. 

Warburton, who skippered Wales a record 49 times under Gatland, became the youngest Lions skipper at 24 when he was named four years ago but was injured for the final and decisive Test - his compatriot Alun Wyn Jones deputised for him.    

Agence France-Presse

Highlanders vs Stormers
sast: 09h35 | local: 19h35

  • 17 | 7
LIVE
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 28 April 2017
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Blues 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
B&I Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Australia 0 0 0 0 0
Barbarians 0 0 0 0 0
Force 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
NSW-Queensland 0 0 0 0 0
Blues 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
NZ Barbarians 0 0 0 0 0
Maori All Blacks 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0