British & Irish Lions 2013: Sam Warburton ruled out of final Test

British & Irish Lions 2013: Captain Sam Warburton is ruled out of the final Test against Australia due to a hamstring injury

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff   
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Sam Warburton will miss the final test Photo: Sum_of_Marc, via flickr

Sam Warburton has been ruled out of the British and Irish Lions’ final Test against Australia in Sydney on Saturday.

The Lions captain suffered a hamstring injury with 13 minutes remaining in the second Test, with Warburton leaving the field with his side six points ahead before the Wallabies salvaged a slender 16-15 win in Melbourne.

Warburton missed the opening two matches of the Lions tour against the Barbarians and Western Force due to a knee injury, and Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll will replace the Wales international as skipper for the decider.

And the 24-year-old, who helped the Red Dragon win the Six Nations Grand Slam crown this spring, backed his team-mates to beat the Wallabies in the final Test and seal a series win despite his absence.

“It is incredibly disappointing to be ruled out of the tour through injury,” Warburton said.

He added: “I wish the team all the best and hope I can play some part in the build-up this week. I am confident the boys can finish the job off and secure the series win.”

Warburton is likely to be replaced by Leinster flanker Sean O’Brien or his Wales team-mate Justin Tipuric at number seven for the final Test in Sydney.

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