Sam Warburton happy without Wales captaincy

Warburton happy without Wales captaincy
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Sam Warburton says that he is in no rush to reclaim the captaincy of Wales.

Wales flanker Sam Warburton has insisted that he has no aims to regain the captaincy of his country having lost it during the Six Nations.

Ryan Jones and Gethin Jenkins both skippered the Dragons to victory in the competition, after Warburton picked up a shoulder injury in the tournament opener.

Warburton, who returned to his best form to deliver imposing displays against Scotland and England in their final two matches, is adamant that he is not desperate to win back the armband.

"To be honest with you, I am just enjoying what we are going through at the moment," Warburton told Sky Sports News. "If Ryan was to keep the captaincy or Gethin was to keep it, I wouldn't complain with that. I think they are two phenomenal players with a load of experience, and I am learning off those guys all the time.

"We have got a lot of great candidates who can do the captaincy. I think people can look into the captaincy a little bit too much. If any of those guys do it, they will do as good a job as anyone.

"The captaincy is a massive honour, but not to have it, I was able just to focus on myself. If I concentrate on my own role, then I have done my bit for the team. It is one less thing to think about, but Ryan and Gethin have done immense jobs since they've stepped in. They are both very experienced players. For me, the most important thing is starting for Wales and making sure I can play well when I do that."

Warburton led Wales to Grand Slam glory in 2012 and an impressive 2011 World Cup semi-final appearance, which was their best performance on rugby's global stage for 24 years.

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