Sam Warburton is widely regarded as one of the greatest flankers of his generation. He played as an openside flanker and was known for his exceptional skills in the breakdown, his leadership abilities, and his relentless work rate on the field. Warburton made his debut for the Welsh national team in 2009 and was appointed captain in 2011, becoming the youngest player ever to captain Wales. Under his leadership, Wales achieved significant success, including winning the Six Nations Championship in 2012, 2013, and 2019. Sam also led Wales to the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and 2019. He retired from professional rugby in 2018 due to persistent injuries but left behind a legacy as one of the finest players and leaders in Welsh rugby history.
We asked Sam what his best touring moment were:
“My most memorable tour was the 2011 Rugby World Cup. It was my first World Cup and also my first time to New Zealand. I also played some of the best rugby of my career.
The place that stood out in New Zealand was Auckland. I really enjoyed it there, it was a great city. I also loved our time in Taupo which was a nice place to relax with hot springs by the lake in a quieter setting.”
“We went quade biking with a group of 10 players on a day off in Auckland across woodland, beaches and sand dunes which was great fun.
If I was to give any advice for boys & girls going out on their first tour, it would be to take plenty of photos and enjoy the country you’re in as much as possible. The memories you will create will be some of the best in your life.”