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Welsh MP plays down Sam Warburton nationality row

A Plaid Cymru MP has attempted to play down a row over Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton after he criticised him for suggesting that he felt British, rather than Welsh.

The Lions captain's comments was responding to claims by an England wing that Wales players "hate England".

Jonathan Edwards yesterday tweeted:

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I really find it difficult to understand how someone who does not consider themselves to be Welsh can be captain of the national rugby side

He has now clarified his point:

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One thing we can all agree on is that Sam is a great player and we’re all hoping for a Welsh win on Sunday

He also issued a statement saying: "Let's be clear I am not attacking any individual over their identity.

"I would hope that the captain of Wales would feel Welsh. Of course lots of people feel both Welsh and British."

Sam Warburton is favourite for Lions' captaincy

More than a third of this summer's British and Irish Lions tour squad is expected to be provided by Wales.

The 38-man group for Australia will be unveiled today, with Sam Warburton the favourite for the Lions captaincy, aged 24, he could become Wales' youngest Lions tour captain.

Wales Sam Warburton during the RBS Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Warburton has already led Wales to a World Cup semi-final in 2011, and a Six Nations title and Grand Slam last season.

At least 14 of his countrymen could join him, with Ireland likely to provide the second biggest number, followed by England and then Scotland.

Read: Rob Howley on Wales v England 6 Nations victory: 'The best day of my coaching life'

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