Warburton backs Rees as skipper
January 14, 2012
Sam Warburton was the man chosen to lead Wales during the 2011 World Cup © Getty Images
Warburton received widespread praise for his role as skipper at last year's global gathering despite being sent off in the semi-final against France in controversial circumstances. And Warburton - who was awarded the Rugby Writers Club's personality of the year on Monday - is fully aware that Rees may get the nod as skipper. Hooker Rees missed the World Cup with a neck injury but he has shown signs of being back to his best in the red of the Scarlets this season.
"I've had no indication what's going to happen, but Matthew was captain for the last Six Nations campaign," Warburton told the BBC Sport. "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. I think we know there's going to be a lot of pressure and expectation in the Six Nations.
"But [defence coach] Shaun Edwards always says it, as well as [lock] Alun Wyn Jones, they reckon we play better under pressure so hopefully that's the case."
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