Warburton to see specialist

10:00pm Thursday 22nd March 2012

WALES captain Sam Warburton is to see a specialist in London in an effort to determine the severity of the shoulder injury he suffered in the Grand Slam-clinching victory over France.

He was forced off at half-time in the 16-9 Millennium Stadium success, capping an injury-hit tournament for the Cardiff Blues’ back-rower as he played just 160 out of a possible 400 minutes.

A dead leg saw him withdrawn at half-time of the opening win in Dublin and forced him to miss the clash with Scotland, while a knee injury meant he sat out the victory over Italy as well. Warburton, 23, has already undergone two scans on his latest injury, which proved inconclusive, and there are fears he could miss the rest of the season, including Cardiff’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster, and Wales’ three-Test summer tour to Australia.

“I have had the initial scans and examinations, but I’m going to see a specialist in London to hopefully get it sorted,” Warburton said.

“When that will be, I don’t know as yet. I hope it’s soon because not knowing isn’t good for my head.

“There has been some improvement since the weekend. However, it’s hard to tell how much. It’s still painful.”

* Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde has signed a contract to remain with the national set-up until the 2015 World Cup, bringing him into line with the rest of the Grand Slam-winning coaching team.

Head coach Warren Gatland, the favourite to lead the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, signed a contract through to 2015 in October 2010, and since Wales’ march to the World Cup semi-finals assistant coaches Shaun Edwards, Rob Howley and Neil Jenkins have all been tied to long-term deals.

And McBryde, 41, has become the final piece in that jigsaw having agreed his new deal.

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