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Sam Warburton proud of victory as the Lions return home

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 13:51 | Comments

Sam Warburton captained the Lions in Australia
Sam Warburton captained the Lions in Australia

Sam Warburton this morning returned home a proud man, having led the British and Irish Lions to victory in Australia.

After 16 years without a tour success, the Lions secured an unforgettable series victory against the Wallabies with Saturday's fine 41-16 victory in Sydney.

It was just their fifth series win in Australia since the Second World War and represented a first tour triumph since Ian McGeechan's side headed to South Africa in 1997.

More than a hundred fans welcomed home the team at Heathrow Airport this morning, with a huge cheer going up when captain Warburton emerged with the trophy on top of his baggage trolley.

"It is a lot cleaner than it was Saturday night, that's for sure," he said. "There were a few bottles of champagne in the trophy.

"It is a great feeling. It has been a long time coming this Lions tour 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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