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Sam Warburton Awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours List

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is "overwhelmed, privileged and very proud," after being awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List.

“This recognition is the pinnacle of my career”.


Sam, 29, has been given the award for his services to rugby over the last decade.


After making his Wales debut at 20, he was made Wales captain at 22, he has since gone on to lead his country to the 2011 RWC semi-final, and the 2015 RWC quarter-final, a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2012 and further Six Nations title in 2013. In June 2015 Sam surpassed the previous record of 33 matches as captain of Wales.


In 2017, Sam was named as British and Irish Lions Captain for the second time, becoming only the second player of all time to achieve this. In 2013, he led the Lions to a 2-1 series win over Australia. In 2017, he led the side to New Zealand, managing to draw the series against the current World Champions.


A credit to rugby both on and off the pitch, Sam is a patron of charities Velindre and Tenovus Cancer Care.