Six Nations 2015: Sam Warburton to set Welsh record

Wales Sam Warburton RBS Six Nations

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Sam Warburton will captain Wales for a record 34th time on Saturday when Warren Gatland’s men take on Ireland in the Six Nations in Cardiff.

The 26-year-old flanker will overtake Ryan Jones on the all-time list as the Welsh look to keep the pressure on the men in green and also England in this year’s championship.

Wales lost out to Stuart Lancaster’s men in the opening game of the Six Nations at the Millennium Stadium before bouncing back with victories over Scotland and France.

Saturday’s opponents Ireland are the only team on course for the Grand Slam after three wins out of three but Wales and Warburton will have other ideas in the Welsh capital.

Wales coach Warren Gatland, who has named an unchanged side, said: “We were disappointed with the last 20 minutes against England and made changes, and that team performed well against Scotland.

“But we made changes against France to look at other players and they played well and they’ve been rewarded.

“We return to the Millennium Stadium after two tough away trips with two victories and will be looking to build on that.”

Wales are 6.50 to win the Six Nations with Ireland the current 1.55 favourites while England are on offerr at 3.30.

This year’s Six Nations takes on added significance as 2015 is a World Cup year and all of the competing nations will want to build momentum for the tournament that kicks off on September 18 when England play Fiji at Twickenham.

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