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Fri 8 Dec 2017 | 06:57

Warburton set to miss Six Nations

Warburton set to miss Six Nations
Fri 8 Dec 2017 | 06:57

Warburton set to miss Six Nations

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The 29-year-old back row forward – who captained the Lions to the thrilling 1-1 Test series draw with world champions New Zealand earlier this year – took the decision to have the operation after consulting with the WRU.

"With Warburton currently sidelined with a neck injury, the proactive approach was taken with a view of ensuring he returns to action fully fit. The recovery is anticipated between four-six months," read the WRU statement.

Warburton, who also led the Lions to a Test series win over Australia in 2013, said he was looking forward to returning to the fray.

"In close consultation with the WRU and Cardiff Blues [his club] we decided it would be proactive to have surgery now on a knee injury and I'm looking forward to returning to action fully fit," he added.

The Six Nations runs from February 3 to March 17 with the Welsh getting their campaign underway at home to Scotland.

Agence France-Presse

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