July 13, 2017 10:03 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Lions captain Sam Warburton posts pic with daughter

Lions captain Sam Warburton posts pic with daughter

The formidable task of leading the Lions against rugby's No 1 side was nothing in comparison to leaving his young daughter at home, according to Sam Warburton.

The formidable task of leading the Lions against rugby's No 1 side was nothing in comparison to leaving his young daughter at home, according to Sam Warburton. 

Warren Gatland's skipper performed admirably in the drawn tour of New Zealand and upon returning home posted a touching picture with his one-year-old, Anna.

Kitted out in the Lions regalia and branded bag, he held up Anna for the photo and wrote: 'Toughest part of the whole tour was leaving this little one. Glad I got my little girl back.'

Lions captain Sam Warburton delighted in his reunion with his daughter Anna 

Lions captain Sam Warburton delighted in his reunion with his daughter Anna 

The Lions squad were out in New Zealand for six weeks and encountered a gruelling challenge away from their loved ones. 

In total the tourists played ten matches, including the three-game Test series against the All Blacks. 

Few gave Warburton's side a chance but they battled heroically to fight back from one game down, winning the second fixture and holding on for a 15-15 draw in the final game at Eden Park.

New Zealand skipper Kieran Read and Sam Warburton shared the trophy after a draw

New Zealand skipper Kieran Read and Sam Warburton shared the trophy after a draw

Warburton led the Lions admirably but was delighted to return home after six weeks

Warburton led the Lions admirably but was delighted to return home after six weeks

The four unions have acquitted themselves particularly well under Warburton's leadership in their two previous tours, beating Australia in 2013.

It would be a stretch to automatically assume the Welshman will lead the team on the 2021 South Africa tour but the 28-year-old must surely go down as a Lions great.

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