Leigh Halfpenny Hails Leader Warburton
Leigh Halfpenny believes Sam Warburton is a great role model and the right person to captain Wales.
Warburton has struggled with a series of niggling injuries in the last nine months but is expected to be fit enough to lead Wales on their tour of Australia this summer.
The 23-year-old played a key role in helping Wales memorable World Cup run last autumn.
Despite the online betting markets tipping them to struggle, they actually reached the semi-finals, although Warburton was controversially sent off in the first half of the narrow 9-8 last-four defeat to France.
He was only able to play in 160 minutes of Wales Grand Slam campaign earlier this year but is well on the road to recovery from the shoulder nerve injury he suffered against France.
Halfpenny, who was able to play in the World Cup after recovering from a foot injury, is expected to play a major part in the tour Down Under. He said of Warburton: Sam is massive for us, not just as a player, he leads by example. He is such a great leader.
"Sam called us together after we’d beaten Ireland in the quarter-finals of the World Cup and said we would have a curfew and every single player was in by that time. No one was out after that at all and that is professionalism, not getting carried away and keeping a lid on things.
"There are examples like that where we are just professional in everything we do and Sam leads that."
Halfpenny was instrumental in Wales 2012 Six Nations triumph, playing a key role in the sound defensive play of Warren Gatland’s team. They head to Australia as outsiders in the sports betting , but they are certainly being given more of a chance than in previous years thanks to their exploits over the past few months.
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