In the aftermath of the Lions’ hard-earned series stalemate against the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday, the squad relaxed and socialised together for a few days before flying home.
Soon after that dramatic 15-15 draw in Auckland, news emerged that Kyle Sinckler was arrested by New Zealand police in the early hours of Sunday morning as the players celebrated what was a great achievement in denying the All Blacks a series victory.
Sinckler was released without charge in what police described as a ‘minor disorder’. Sinckler has subsequently apologised for the incident but tour captain, Sam Warburton, believes that the Harlequins man did “absolutely nothing wrong.”
“In defence of Kyle, he did absolutely nothing wrong. I feel a bit sorry for him, he’s got a bit of press like that, but actually, the situation was handled pretty well and Kyle is absolutely fine,” Warburton told Sky Sports.
Warburton further played down the incident and revealed that it was all dealt with very quickly.
“It looks worse than it is. He was released straight away because they realised straight away there were no problems.”
Finally, the Welshman admits that it was a great few final days to the tour as the players got to relax and let off some steam after being under such pressure during the previous weeks.
“We had a good couple of days together to finish off the tour. We’d been under the microscope for six to eight weeks so it was nice to have a few days to enjoy each other’s company and reflect on what we’d done.”
All in all, a successful tour and that’s two undefeated tours for captain, Sam Warburton, could he do it again in South Africa in 2021?