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World Rugby boss tweets Sam Warburton will captain the Lions on New Zealand tour

World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper has tweeted that Wales back row Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions on the tour of New Zealand this summer.

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The 28-year-old captained the Lions' victory in Australia four years ago.

He becomes only the second player after England World Cup winner Martin Johnson as a two-time Lions captain.

Head coach Warren Gatland will confirm his 40 man squad at midday.

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The Lions kick off their 10-match trip against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei on June 3, with the Blues, Crusaders, Highlanders, Maori All Blacks and Chiefs all on their agenda before the first Test three weeks later.

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