Lions captain Warburton ruled out of third Test

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has been ruled out of the final Test against Australia in Sydney on Saturday with a hamstring injury.

Lions captain Warburton will miss the deciding Test match against the Wallabies
afer he injured his hamstring playing in the second Test in Melbourne on the
weekend.

The Wales flanker came off the field 13 minutes from full time in the Lions
16-15 loss to the Wallabies.

Warburton remained in Melbourne after the match under the supervision of Lions
team doctor Eanna Falvey to undergo a full medical assessment and a scan confirmed
a significant tear in his left hamstring.

Warburton, who will remain with the tour party for the 3rd Test in Sydney
on Saturday, said, “It is incredibly disappointing to be ruled out of the
tour through injury as we head to Sydney for the deciding match.”

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

It is likely that either one of Ireland’s Sean O’Brien or fellow Welshman Justin
Tipuric will replace Warburton in the starting XV.

If Brian O’Driscoll is fit to start the match he is the most likely to take
over the captaincy as he is a former Lions tour captain and the match would
be his ninth Lions Test.

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