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Warburton: I'll be a better player without Wales captaincy

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) Sam Warburton says letting go of the Wales captaincy will make him a better rugby player.

Warburton led the Welsh a record 49 times from 2011 until last week, when he agreed with interim coach Rob Howley to give the captaincy to lock Alun Wyn Jones for the Six Nations.

Warburton said there was no single defining moment in the decision, just an accumulation of talks with Howley, a former Wales skipper himself, during and since the November internationals. The flanker missed most of those games because he was injured, but Howley told him he was no longer an automatic pick, and asked him if he would consider moving to the No. 6 spot.