Six Nations 2012: No-one’s Wales spot is safe – Sam Warburton
Sam Warburton insists that no place in Warren Gatland's starting line-up is safe in the build up to Wales' clash with England
Wales skipper Sam Warburton admits that no-one’s place is safe after former skipper Ryan Jones found himself dropped to the bench for their Six Nations clash with England on Saturday.
Jones impressed at openside flanker in Wales’ opening win in Dublin before switching to second row for their 27-13 win over Scotland last time out.
But the return to fitness of lock Alun Wyn Jones and flanker Dan Lydiate means that Jones, who won his 60th cap for his country against Scotland, now finds himself warming the bench at Twickenham.
And Warburton, who himself has shaken off a dead leg to return to the lineup for the England clash, says that competition for places is breeding success throughout the squad.
“Ryan being left out of the starting line-up might have surprised a few players because he was playing very well, to be fair to him,” said the Cardiff Blues flanker.
“So I guess it will keep us on our toes, because no-one’s place is guaranteed now. That’s good in terms of the culture that we want.
“We don’t want players getting lethargic or complacent and thinking they are going to get picked. Even though Ryan’s being playing exceptionally well, it does send out a good message to the players.”