Six Nations: Wales star Sam Warburton ready for Scotland battle
Wales star Sam Warburton is looking forward to locking horns with the Scotland back-row at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Last Updated: 09/03/13 2:33pm
The 24-year-old will be starting a Six Nations Test for the first time in almost two years with a team-mate - Ryan Jones - captaining the side, but is fully focused on helping Wales collect a third successive away victory.
"The Scottish back-row is very big and physical, so maybe that has influenced the decision to play me at seven," said Warburton, who has replaced Justin Tipuric after recovering from a shoulder injury.
"That is a challenge I really enjoy. Every time we play Scotland a focal point is always the battle of the back-rows because theirs is so good.
"We know it will be a big job for me, Toby (Faletau) and Ryan (Jones) to nullify their threats, but we will try to figure out a way to get the better of them over the next few days because that back-row battle is so important now in the modern game.
"I would imagine both teams will want to play at the weekend. Both teams have some pretty good backs they want to release, so the speed of ball will be interesting.
"It will be a big area for us as a team to win that back-row battle."
Warburton, who led them to Six Nations title glory and a Grand Slam last season, added: "Getting the captaincy back won't be a motivating factor. It will just be to play well for the side.
"Ryan has done a great job over the last two weeks, and I don't see any need to change the team dynamics."