Warburton targets historic treble with Wales after British & Irish Lions success
Last Updated: 24/12/13 5:11pm
Sam Warburton has targeted making history with Wales in 2014 after enjoying a superb 2013 as skipper of both country and the British & Irish Lions.
Warburton led Wales to their second straight Six Nations title last spring with a record 30-3 win over England in the final match - the first time Wales had retained the Championship since their victories in 1978 and 1979 - and the flanker wants to make it an unprecedented three-in-a-row in the forthcoming tournament.
"No one has won the Six Nations three years running and to make history there would be very special," Warburton told Sky Sports News.
"The England game was massive, the biggest game I've played in and it was just one of those days when everything went right for us. That happens very rarely. I didn't see a 27-point win coming at all."
Warburton's year was to get even better, when he was named captain of a Lions squad that secured a dramatic 2-1 Test series victory in Australia.
"It was a dream come true," he added. "Ever since I was kid it was all I wanted to achieve, so 2013 will be a year to remember.
"I bought all the memorabilia as a kid but to have a real Lions shirt on was an awesome feeling.
"Being presented with my first Test jersey, the No 7, by Ian McGeechan was a highlight for me. He spoke very well and it reeally put into perspective what playing for the Lions meant. I took the jersey back to my room and laid it out on the bed so I could see the No 7 that I had worked so hard for for so long."
Injury denied Warburton the chance to play in the third Test against Australia and he admits it was a big blow.
"At the time I was quite disappointed, because in the three biggest events I've been involved in as a player - the 2011 world cup I couldn't finish because of the red card, the Grand Slam in 2012 was injury plagued for me and I went off at half-time and to then not finish the Lions tour in the third Test - I was just desperate to finish one of them.
"In hindsight now, if someone had told me that I would play four games at No 7, all as captain, I would have loved that and it is a good achievement, but I guess you always want more."
He may well be granted his wish in the coming months.
Watch Lions Raw - an access-all-areas look at the 2013 British & Irish Lions tour to Australia - at 10pm on Boxing Day on Sky Sports 3.