Rugby: Warburton retains captaincy

World Cup skipper Sam Warburton has retained the Wales captaincy for next month's one-off Test match against Australia in Cardiff.

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Warburton, who was sent off during the semi-final loss to France, retains leadership duties despite last season's Wales captain Matthew Rees returning to the squad after missing the World Cup because of injury.

The notable absentee from coach Warren Gatland's 28-man squad is Scarlets fly-half Stephen Jones.

Jones, who has won a record 104 Wales caps, does not feature, with Gatland recalling Ospreys number 10 Dan Biggar as a fly-half option alongside Rhys Priestland.

None of Wales' overseas-based contingent, notably French club players James Hook, Mike Phillips and Lee Byrne, were made available for selection.

Because the December 3 Millennium Stadium encounter falls outside the International Rugby Board-recognised Test match window, the clubs were under no obligation to release them.



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