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Spurs fan Warburton named British Lions captain

Spurs fan Sam Warburton will lead the British Lions in this summer's tour of Australia.

The flanker and skipper of Wales' Six Nations triumph earlier this year was handed the captaincy by Lions' head coach Warren Gatland at the squad's announcement on Tuesday.

Captaining the Lions is one of the biggest individual accolades in rugby union.

"It's an unbelievable honour that very few people get to achieve," he said.

Sam went to the same school - Whitchurch High School, Cardiff - as a certain Gareth Bale and told of of his love for Spurs back in February. Read that interview here...

The Lions travel to Hong Kong to face the Barbarians on June 1 and will play five matches before the First Test against the Wallabies on June 22.


Saturday, June 1: Lions v Barbarians - Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong. Kick-off: 1230 BST (1930 local).

Wednesday, June 5: Lions v Western Force - Paterson Stadium, Perth. Kick-off: 1100 BST (1800 local).

Saturday, June 8: Lions v Queensland Reds - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Kick-off: 1030 BST (1930 local).

Tuesday, June 11: Lions v Combined Queensland-NSW Country - Hunter Stadium, Newcastle. Kick-off: 1030 BST (1930 local).

Saturday, June 15: Lions v New South Wales Waratahs - Allianz Stadium, Sydney. Kick-off: 1030 BST (1930 local).

Tuesday, June 18: Lions v ACT Brumbies - Canberra Stadium, Canberra. Kick-off: 1030 BST (1930 local).

Saturday, June 22: First Test: Lions v Australia - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Kick-off: 1100 BST (2000 local).

Tuesday, June 25: Lions v Melbourne Rebels - AAMI Park, Melbourne. Kick-off: 1030 BST (1930 local).

Saturday, June 29: Second Test: Lions v Australia - Etihad Stadium, Melbourne. Kick-off: 1100 BST (2000 local).

Saturday, July 6: Third Test: Lions v Australia - ANZ Stadium, Sydney. Kick-off: 1100 BST (2000 local).