BT Sport has added newly-retired former Wales captain Sam Warburton to its rugby punditry team ahead of the new season.
It follows the 29-year-old British & Irish Lions star’s shock decision to step away from the game through injury.
The former Cardiff Blues player, who announced his retirement in July, will join fellow ex-players Lawrence Dallaglio, Ben Kay, Austin Healey, Ugo Monye and Brian O’Driscoll on BT Sport’s expert rugby panel.
As well as appearing on the channel’s Rugby Tonight magazine show, Warburton will provide expert analysis for BT Sport’s coverage of the Heineken Champions Cup, beginning in October.
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Two Six Nations titles
One Grand Slam Title
Captained Wales a record 49 times
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Simon Green, head of BT Sport welcomed the new recruit, saying: “We are thrilled to welcome Sam Warburton to the BT Sport rugby team as his career begins a new chapter.
“He will be missed on the pitch, but rugby fans watching BT Sport will benefit as he brings a huge amount of knowledge and experience to our coverage of European club and international rugby.”
Warburton added: “I'm delighted to be joining BT Sport and being part of such a great team.
“'I’m looking forward to learning the ropes and adding my own insight and analysis to what is sure to be an exciting European tournament.”
BT Sport has committed to screening ten live Heineken Champions Cup games across each of the competition’s European group stage weekends. A live Sunday-night highlights show will also run throughout the season.
BT Sport recently confirmed its plans to focus on football and rugby content, revealing a decision not to renew its NBA and UFC rights.
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