British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warbuton has revealed how people in London mistake him for Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic and talked about going to school with Gareth Bale.
Warbuton is one of the most high-profile Rugby Union stars in the world, captaining both the Lions and his native Wales, but that obviously wasn’t famous enough for some people in London.
“I was at the theatre watching Jersey Boys and someone thought I was Vidic, which is a first!” he said in an interview with the Evening Standard.
The Manchester United defender is no small man but there the rugby star reportedly weighs a bit over 100kg, so there is a small difference in stature between the pair.
Being mistaken for an Old Trafford star is not Warburton’s only connection to Premier League football – he also went to school with Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth bale.
Bale is being heavily linked with a move away from White Hart Lane to Real Madrid and a world record fee in the region of £100million is being mooted.
Rugby Union has nothing like as much as coverage as Premier League football and Warburton claims Bale’s price tag is an emphatic indicator that it will probably always play second fiddle to the round ball.
“The image of rugby has increased since England won the World Cup in 2003,” he added,
“That kick-started a more high- profile period but the game will never overtake football.
“The transfer fee paid by Northampton for George North [reported to be £200,000] is the only one I know about in rugby and we’re talking about Gareth going for 500 times that, so it puts the two games into perspective.
“Gareth was an amazing player at school but no one would have expected any player to be worth £100m and it shows how insane football is going.”