ONE of Welsh rugby's biggest stars is set to visit Oswestry for the second time this year.

Sam Warburton, former Wales and British & Irish Lions captain will visit the Lion Quays Hotel for An Evening With... event, organised by Booka Bookshop and Café.

The 30-year-old will be introducing his new book "Open Side" – an autobiography giving an insight into the career of a rugby player at the sport's highest level.

Warburton visited Oswestry back in March for a Sportsman's Dinner at Oswestry Rugby Club.

He propelled himself to international attention in 2011 when named as the youngest ever captain of Wales for the Rugby World Cup.

Despite his tender age, Sam’s immense displays for club and country were recognised further in April 2013, when, at just 24, he was named the Lions’ captain for the extraordinary 2013 tour to Australia.

Four years later, he was named Lions’ captain yet again for the historic tour to New Zealand, thereby becoming the first ever Lions captain never to lose a series in the professional era.

In leading other men, and in pitting himself against the world’s best, Warburton was forced repeatedly to push himself to the very edge of his physiological and mental limits, the 21 significant operations over that period a painful testament to his sacrifice.

With 74 Welsh caps to his name, Sam was forced to retire in July 2018, at just 29 years old.

He will visit Oswestry for the event on the eve of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Tickets cost £20 for the evening on Monday, September 16 – this includes a signed copy of the autobiography.

Doors open at 6.45pm with a start time of 7.30pm.