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Halfpenny: Warburton speech inspired Six Nations glory

Sam Warburton's stirring words helped rouse Wales to beat England, according to Leigh Halfpenny. Credit: PA

Sam Warburton's impromptu half-time speech inspired Wales to brush aside England and retain their Six Nations crown, according to an interview with Leigh Halfpenny in The Telegraph.

Warburton lost the captaincy during the tournament, first to Ryan Jones and then Gethin Jenkins for the Millennium Stadium decider.

Halfpenny said that prop Jenkins gave his speech, before flanker Warburton rose and delivered some stirring words of his own, urging the players to think of the feelings that lifting the trophy again would bring.

Wales were 9-3 ahead at the break, but two Alex Cuthbert tries saw them roar clear in the second period, to notch a record 30-3 victory over England, and win back-to-back Six Nations titles.