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Sam Warburton praises "brilliant" Matthew Rees

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Sam Warburton says that he would understand if the Welsh captaincy was given back to hooker Matthew Rees.

Cardiff Blues and Wales flanker Sam Warburton has said that he would understand if the Welsh captaincy was given back to hooker Matthew Rees.

Warburton led Wales throughout the 2011 Rugby World Cup after Scarlets star Rees was ruled out with a neck injury.

"I've had no indication what's going to happen, but Matthew was captain for the last Six Nations campaign," Warburton said.

"He did a brilliant job and it was only bad luck why he didn't end up being captain in the World Cup.

"So if I did it as a temp thing then I completely understand that."

Rees returned to Test action in December when he came on as a replacement during Wales's 24-18 loss to Australia in Cardiff.

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