Rugby Union: Series win yet to sink in – Warburton

British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton test victory

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British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton admits Test series win over Australia has yet to sink in nearly a week after their famous victory.

The Lions finally ended their 16-year wait for a series win when they destroyed the Wallabies 41-16 in Sydney.

It is only the fifth time the Lions have won a series and many are expecting them to carry on their success when the next one comes around in four years’ time, including coach Warren Gatland.

Gatland has hinted he would be interested in leading the Lions in New Zealand in 2017 although he will now switch his attention back to Wales for the 2015 World Cup.

Warburton and the rest of the Lions squad returned home on Wednesday, with over 100 fans welcoming them bacl, but the 24-year-old admitted their achievement had still not fully registered.

“It is a great feeling,” said Warburton. “This Lions tour has been a long time coming so it is nice to come back with a trophy.

“It has only been done nine times in 125 years so all the players know they are part of a very prestigious group and are very proud of that. It won’t sink in for a long time, I think. It feels quite surreal being part of a Lions touring party.

“Only four years ago I got capped for Wales during the first Lions tour. I got on the development tour and I never thought I would be in this situation four years later. Maybe in a few months’ time or a few years’ time I might watch back a DVD and realise what we achieved.”

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