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Six Nations
Warburton expects to play opener
ESPN Staff
January 22, 2014

Wales captain Sam Warburton expects to be available for the opening game of Wales' Six Nations defence against Italy at the Millennium Stadium on February 1.

The British & Irish Lions skipper has been out of action since November with a shoulder injury and could return to action for Cardiff Blues before the competition in an effort to regain match fitness. Warburton had been an injury doubt but announced that he was winning his fitness battle at Wednesday's Six Nations launch in London.

"I think I'll be available for selection," said Warburton.

"I need to have a chat with [head coach] Warren Gatland and the medics early next week to decide what's the best thing to do, whether that be go back to my club first to play a game."

Wales are seeking the chance to etch their names in the record books by securing an unprecedented third successive Six Nations crown.

"We always look forward to the Six Nations, it's what you're measured on. It's the one we always look forward to," he added.

"This is my fifth Championship now and I love playing in them. We have a chance for three in a row and to create history."

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