Wales release Warburton for Blues duty
February 11, 2014
Sam Warburton will play for the Blues this weekend © PA Photos
Sam Warburton is one of 10 players released by the Welsh Rugby Union for domestic duty ahead of the weekend's RaboDirect PRO12 programme.
The list, announced by the Welsh Rugby Union, also includes Ospreys trio Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb and Ryan Bevington, in addition to Scarlets prop Samson Lee and Warburton's Blues team-mate Gethin Jenkins.
Warburton made his first start in more than two months after recovering from a shoulder injury when Wales were beaten 26-3 by Ireland in Dublin last weekend. Prop Jenkins, who also started at the Aviva Stadium, is another player who has lacked game-time due to injury.
"When we look back, there was probably four of that forward pack that hadn't had a lot of rugby in terms of Sam and Gethin, while Adam Jones hadn't played a lot and Andrew Coombs hadn't had a lot of rugby," Gatland explained to Wales Online. "We have released some players back that haven't had a lot of rugby.
"We've also got to recognise the Ospreys are playing on Sunday and we have got a Friday night game against France. I have spoken to Steve Tandy about some of the players we have released playing 40 minutes, while some will play a bit longer than that. We've got to be careful with the five-day turnaround that we don't have too many players involved because it will severely hamper our preparation for France."
Both Jenkins and Warburton are now likely to be involved for Cardiff Blues when they host Glasgow on Saturday, ahead of Wales resuming Six Nations action in a Millennium Stadium appointment with France the following Friday night.
Scarlets: Samson Lee, Emyr Phillips
Ospreys: Ryan Bevington, James King, Dan Baker, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Ashley Beck
Cardiff Blues: Gethin Jenkins, Sam Warburton
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Jose Mourinho was overjoyed to satisfy his hunger for silverware with a first trophy of his second spell as Chelsea manager following a 2-0 Capital One Cup final defeat of Tottenham at Wembley
Wayne Rooney is confident Angel Di Maria will rediscover the form that convinced Manchester United to a pay a British-record £59.7 million for his signature
Crusaders' wing Robbie Fruean has undergone surgery after he fractured his right arm in the Crusaders' loss to the Chiefs on Saturday
The Brumbies have been working their rehabilitation group in an altitude room at the University of Canberra in a bid to gain an edge over their Super Rugby rivals
The frustrations of coaching were never more evident than after Scotland slumped to a last-minute defeat by Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday
Greg Growden assesses the impact of Stephen Larkham's coaching on the Brumbies, and how he can boost the Wallabies for the Rugby World Cup
Despite James O'Connor's impressive return to Super Rugby for the Reds, Will Genia impressed the most to claim Australian Man of the Round honours
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt won the tactical battle and set his team on course for a shot at the Grand Slam. Tom Hamilton reports from Dublin
With the World Cup only a few months away, the last thing France needed was doubts over the future of their coach, writes Huw Richards
They came to Murrayfield looking to put down a marker, but Scotland were sent home with their tails between their legs, writes Tristan Barclay
Tyson Fury moved closer to a shot at Wladimir Klitschko's WBO title with Christian Hammer's corner throwing in the towel after the eighth round at the O2 Arena
Sir Bobby Charlton thinks Louis van Gaal was "surprised by the enormity" of Manchester United when he took over as manager last summer
Chris Eubank Jr has called for a rematch with Billy Joe Saunders after stopping Dmitry Chudinov to claim the WBA 'interim' middleweight title at the O2 Arena in London
Brendan Rodgers hailed Philippe Coutinho as "a joy to watch" after the midfielder scored a spectacular winner against Manchester City and claimed it is "frightening" to think what the Brazilian could be worth
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Daniel Sturridge's fitness must be managed properly so that the striker "doesn't break"
Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher marked his return to football punditry by coining a new name for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
We rewind to 2003 when Real Madrid brought a park attitude to their Champions League clash with Manchester United and played out a 4-3 thriller
The tale of the Jamaica bobsled team who triumphed against the odds at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics is embedded in pop culture more than 25 years on, writes Nick Atkin
Some of the best fighters to ever glove up have plied their trade in the Octagon - now ESPN list the 10 best who have fought under the UFC banner
In the latest edition of ESPN's Week in Words, Olivier Giroud gets emotional, Dimitar Berbatov is a bit smug, Arsene Wenger is hurting and Rory McIlroy is "p***** off"