Former Wales flanker Martyn Williams says Sam Warburton's record with injuries will have contributed greatly to the former Wales and British and Irish Lions captain's decision to retire from rugby.
Sam gave the single best performance I have seen by a British and Irish Lion in the second Test against Australia in 2013 when the Wallabies were fighting to keep the series alive.
The shock announcement has handed Wales a huge blow before next year's World Cup and will leave the head coach, Warren Gatland, without one of his best players for the tournament in Japan.
Warburton led Wales to the 2012 Six Nations title and at two World Cups.
He became only the second man to skipper the Lions on two tours and led them to a series draw with world champions New Zealand previous year.
Warburton was ruled out of Cardiff Blues' entire 2017/18 season after undergoing neck and knee surgery and confirmed his hard decision on Wednesday morning.
Warburton played 74 games for Wales, captaining the team 49 times. I can not thank the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues enough.
"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". "Thank You Sam Warburton for the incredible memories!"
"To look back on my career, I am extremely proud of what I managed to achieve", said Warburton, whose final game proved to be for the Lions in the 15-15 draw in the third test of the tied series with New Zealand in June 2017.
Just two months later he made his worldwide debut against the U.S. in Chicago and in February 2010 made his Six Nations debut at the Millennium Stadium - a 31-24 victory over Scotland. "He can look back with vast pride on his career".
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