Warburton: ‘I don’t care how we win first game’

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is itching to feature in the Lions' first match of the tour this weekend.

Leading the Lions for the second time after the 2-1 win in Australia in 2013, Warburton admitted that waiting around to feature on the tour four years ago had been frustrating.

Warburton missed the first two matches on that tour before wearing the Lions shirt for the first time in the third game against the Reds in Brisbane.

And the 28-year-old knows that several of the 41-man squad will be in a similar position to the one he found himself in on that Australian tour.

"I presume a lot of the guys who have been involved in training for the last two and a half weeks will be involved in that game," Warburton said.

"I'm hoping that's going to happen this time round. That's what frustrated me four years ago, I think I played the third game, and I was pretty jealous waiting for that game.

"You just want to get the Lions jersey in the kitbag. And then I just want us to win, and I don't care how we win."

Elaborating on the fixture against the Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei, Warburton stated that he wasn't interested in a high-scoring win, but just to get going at the start of a busy schedule.

"If we won every game three-nil I'd bite your arm off. It's nice to finally be here, there's been a lot of talking since the start of the season," he added.

"The good thing is, when the first game gets underway they start coming think and fast. It's nice to get that first game under your belt.

"You don't have a lot of time to think between games, you enjoy them because they come so quick. Once we get into that first game it's all guns blazing from there."

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