British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton admits he could miss out on the first Test against New Zealand. The Lions have three matches before coach Warren Gatland will finally decide on his best team for the first Test against the All Blacks on 24 June in Eden Park.
Having recently recovered from an ankle injury and with such strong competition, Warburton says his current form has not yet secured a test spot. He said “If I play Tuesday and I still feel I’m a bit undercut, then I might not be ready for that first Test”
Having missed six weeks at the end of the domestic season due to a knee injury is certainly aware he needs more games – he said “I’ve learned from experience that it takes me at least two games and then the third game I’ll probably be playing some good rugby but Gats knew that.
Aside from Warburton, Gatland also has the choice of row-backs from Welsh colleagues Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau and Ross Moriarty, Irish trio CJ Stander, Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien, or Maro Itoje who has also played there for England.
We’ll just have to wait and see if he can deliver.
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