No captaincy change for Wales, says Howley

Wales interim head coach Rob Howley has confirmed that flanker Sam Warburton will continue to captain the side.

No player has captained Wales more times than the 27-year-old Warburton, who also led the British and Irish Lions in Australia back in 2013.

Wales are set to take on Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa this November, when Warburton add to his tally of 69 Test caps, of which 67 have been for his country.

"Sam Warburton is a great captain," Howley said.

"He captained the Lions, he will continue to captain Wales. I have spoken to Sam already, and he will captain us for the autumn series and into the Six Nations.

"I believe at this moment in time that Sam Warburton is the best captain to take us forward.

"He has, of course, done it (led the Lions) once, and I am sure he is in other people's thoughts to captain again, but the challenge for all players will be the autumn series and the Six Nations."

Howley is deputising for Wales coach Warren Gatland, who is taking charge of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

He also performed the role in 2012-13 when Gatland took time out to guide the Lions to a 2-1 series win against Australia.

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