Warburton out of Lions decider

Captain Sam Warburton will miss the final British & Irish Lions Test against Australia with a hamstring injury, but there is better news on Jamie Roberts and Alex Corbisiero (Lions 10/11 – Third Test Betting – 80 Minutes).

Wales flanker Warburton was forced from the field during last Saturday’s 16-15 defeat to the Wallabies with the problem and stayed behind in Melbourne to undergo a scan, while the rest of the squad flew to Sydney to prepare for the series decider.

The results of the medical assessment haven’t brought good news to an already battered and bruised Lions squad, with Warburton being ruled out of the last match of the tour with a “significant tear in his left hamstring”.

The 24-year-old has had his injury problems on his first Lions tour, missing the first couple of matches, and admits he is gutted to sit out the last Test encounter with another problem.

Warburton said: “It is incredibly disappointing to be ruled out of the tour through injury as we head to Sydney for the deciding match.

“I wish the team all the best and hope I can play some part in the build-up this week. I am confident that the boys can finish the job off and secure the series win.”

Either Justin Tipuric or Sean O’Brien is likely to fill in at openside flanker, while Brian O’Driscoll has been tipped to captain the team in Warburton’s absence.

While Warren Gatland will be disappointed to lose Warburton, he has had some good news on the injury front as centre Roberts and prop Corbisiero are set to return to full training this week.

Roberts has been out of action with a hamstring injury since the clash with the NSW Waratahs, while Corbisiero missed the Second Test with a calf injury sustained in the first match against Australia (10/11 – Series Winner).

The duo are set to have extra training sessions this week in the hope of being fit for Saturday’s game.

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