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Xtra - Lions hero Sam at the Lane

01 October 2013|Tottenham Hotspur

Sam Warburton ‘lived the dream’ as he stood pitchside at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

The Cardiff Blues flanker, Wales skipper and Series-winning British Lions captain jetted in from Blues’ match against Leinster in Dublin on Friday night for our huge Premier League encounter against Chelsea.

Sam, a fan since the age of six, was with his father Jez – the man responsible for his love of Spurs.

“My dad was born in London and brainwashed me from a young age to support Spurs,” explained Sam.

“I had a great summer with the Lions and I had a day off after my first game back from injury, so to come down here was perfect. It’s the dream, awesome.

“Every time I get asked in an interview about my favourite stadium, obviously it’s the Millennium Stadium, which is Wales’ home ground, but White Hart Lane is always the one for me. As a kid, I used to have all the little figurines of White Hart Lane. I suppose that’s pretty sad, actually!”

Sam captained the British Lions to a thrilling 2-1 Test Series win over Australia in June and July.

The Lions won the first Test and Sam was outstanding before a late injury in the second Test, that the Aussies won 16-15.

That ruled him out of the decider but Lions stormed to a 41-16 victory in Sydney.

“There have only been five winning captains in 125 years of the Lions. That puts into perspective how rare it is to be part of a winning Lions series. I feel privileged and honoured to have been part of that,” he added.