Sam Warburton has shown his charitable side by donating most of the kit worn by the British and Irish Lions during their recent tour of New Zealand, as well as kit from his Cardiff Blues side to a charity shop in Cardiff.
Warburton, who captained the Lions to a dramatic draw with the All Blacks earlier this month, donated the kit to Tenovus Cancer Care, a charity which he is a patron of.
The flanker has something of a history of charitable donations after donating kit from the Rugby World Cup and Six Nations to the same shop last year.
He announced the news on his Twitter page, tweeting the following: “It’s that time of year again! Pop down to @tenovuscancer Rhiwbina for my @lionsofficial and @cardiff_blues kit! Ready from 4pm today!!”
The 28-year-old started the second and third Tests against New Zealand, in which the Lions won and drew respectively, securing a historic series draw and recording the Lions’ first Test victory over the All Blacks since 1993.
Of course, many fans were not impressed that a three-game series ended in a tie, and most of the players weren't either.
Calls for an extra time period were made, but that was not officially organised beforehand, resulting in the series ending in a tie.
Miraculously for the Lions, their win in the second Test was also only the second time New Zealand had lost a match in their last 25 outings.
The draw in the third Test was the Lions’ first draw since 1974, and this subsequently became the first series they’ve drawn since 1995, both coincidentally coming against South Africa.
This was only Warburton’s second Lions Test series, but after captaining his national side since 2011 and in the process racking up a record number of caps as captain since then, Warren Gatland felt enough confidence to appoint the Welshman as his Lions captain this summer.
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