"I cannot thank the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues enough, who have gone beyond the call of duty, in providing the support I received to help me get back on the field, for which I will be forever grateful.”. All rights reserved. Without the faith he had in me and his unwavering support I would never have had the career I was able to pursue.
"I think he just believes a lot in his team and England are stronger than us, so it's normal. Where in Europe is heading for a second lockdown - and will the UK follow? I thank you so much for supporting my dreams and aspirations. Good luck to him in whatever he does next.”, Former England and Lions coach Clive Woodward: “The entire game will be poorer for his retirement but at the same time united in praise of a quite exceptional career and an exemplary bloke.”. We had to tighten up around the ruck and improve our defence at the breakdown.”. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Among his career highlights were captaining Wales to the 2012 Six Nations title with a Grand Slam and leading the 2013 Lions to a series win over Australia - the tourists’ first Test series success in 16 years. “It doesn’t get any easier, but we’re getting close,” said Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw afterwards. "Since I first played aged 10 at Llanishen Fach Primary School, then Whitchurch High School and Rhiwbina Juniors RFC, I always dreamed of playing for my hometown club the Cardiff Blues, Wales and the British and Irish Lions.
However, after coming within a last-minute drop-goal of beating France in Paris last week, Italy have vowed to confront England physically. I thank you so much for supporting my dreams and aspirations. “He is an outstanding rugby player and he has brought so much to the game on and off the pitch. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Good luck for everything in the future @samwarburton_ #welshlegend pic.twitter.com/QZknUjV28m, — Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) July 18, 2018, WRU chief executive Martyn Phillip: “Sam has left the jersey in a better place which is the goal I know most, if not all, Welsh players set themselves. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. The New Zealand media were mightily impressed by him, and rightly so. “Scotland certainly don’t deserve to be nil wins from two. Credit to Wales, who played well and never gave up, but we’ve got to look at ourselves. Two years ago website Wales Online listed his 20 major injuries, which included “a plate inserted into his jaw, two knee operations, two shoulder surgeries and… an 8cm tear in his hamstring and various episodes of shoulder nerve damage”. Cardiff Blues flanker forced to quit after failing to recover from knee and neck injuries Scotland led 13-10 at half-time but were ultimately undone by two tries in the final quarter as Wales registered their first win of the Championship ahead of their match against unbeaten France at Cardiff. “We had to work really hard for that win, but then we weren’t surprised by that after the way Scotland played in the World Cup,” said the flanker. Dog lovers are being encouraged to enter snaps and video clips of their dogs in an effort to win the coveted title of ‘Best in Show’, which will be selected by the Welsh former international rugby union player. ", Wales footballer Gareth Bale: “Congratulations on an incredible career mate. “After a long period of rest and rehabilitation the decision to retire from rugby has been made with my health and wellbeing as a priority.”. “There are so many people who helped me along the way from schoolteachers, coaches, friends and family. We put in a far better performance that that today and after half-time we managed to slow them down with our defence and get on the front foot.”. "As one chapter finishes, another begins, which I'll enter with the same level of passion and determination as the last.". "I would like the make special mention of Warren Gatland. We have to be able to win our lineout ball at this level, and we have to stop giving away silly penalties.”. The way that Sam has conducted himself as Wales and Lions captain, on and off the pitch, has been exemplary.”, Wales legend Gareth Edwards: “Sam has played the game in one way; he puts his head in these dangerous places, he hasn't been afraid to play the game physically. Cardiff Blues flanker forced to quit after failing to recover from knee and neck injuries, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile.
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