Picture Credit: Sam Warburton / David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

One of the best flankers in world rugby, Sam Warburton, has announced his retirement from rugby and we think he might have given us the scoop months ago.

The news comes as a shock to rugby fans as Sam, the man who holds the record for most caps as Wales Captain, was expected to lead the side in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

In a statement the Welsh and British & Irish Lions rugby legend said:

"Unfortunately, after a long period of rest and rehabilitation, the decision to retire from rugby has been made with my health and wellbeing as a priority as my body is unable to give me back what I hoped for."

Having earned the title as one of the nicest guys in rugby, 29-year-old Sam joined the Big Show team on Forces Radio BFBS a little earlier this year and we think gave hints into a career after rugby.

What do you think? Listen to the clip below and decide for yourself...

He also made a prediction toward this year's Interservice Rugby Championship before giving one of the best messages to Britain's Armed Forces ever.

"Keep doing what you're doing. You're making the country extremely proud. Like we mentioned before, they're the real heroes of this country."

When Jay suggested that Sam should play against a military team his reaction was priceless.

"I wouldn't fancy playing, they'd batter me those boys."

Sam visited the Welsh Guards in February while they were on exercise in Caerwent, Wales and took the time to meet and encourage the men ahead of their four-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Understandably the internet has reacted with a rush of admiration and support for Sam.

Forces Radio BFBS salutes you Sam. Thanks for your rugby service.

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