SW7 Testimonial 2017/2018

Website : www.samwarburtontestimonial.com

Unique Sam Warburton Wales World Cup 2011 Bust

In 2011 Warren Gatland's Wales left the U.K. for New Zealand with their new "Super Seven" Sam Warburton who was to become the youngest player ever to Captain their country at a Rugby World Cup. After coming up short in the previous three Six Nations Championships no one knew what to expect from the emerging new look Wales but a morale boosting win over England in the warm up matches was maybe a hint of what was to come. Wales took the tournament by storm and came heartbreakingly close to reaching the final for the first time in their history. During the tournament Wales built their approach on a formidable defence and defeated their Celtic cousins Ireland in the quarter final with their now famous "chop tackle and jackal" plan, executed so effectively by Dan Lydiate and his young captain Sam Warburton.


This Unique Bust of Sam in the fully logoed World Cup 2011 strip represents the meteoric rise to rugby fame for Wales' new Captain and inevitably leading Wales to a Grand Slam the following season.

To place a bid to be taken into the Auction at 'The Captains Dinner' on Wednesday 27th June at Cardiff & Vale College, please email Morgan by the 26th June on Morgan.Towler@engagesport.com.

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Unique Sam Warburton British and Irish Lions 2017 Bust

Over the last 53 years at the Groggshop without doubt the most difficult decision we have to make on a regular basis is who to make next. As each master figure takes at least 10 to 12 weeks to complete making a wrong call can be very costly in terms of time. When it comes to the more academic pieces the choice is even more crucial. This is why to date I have made only eight busts which are more portraits than caricature and as a result much more time consuming. For once however with Sam the decision was an easy one. Once in a generation a player of Sam's stature comes along who is not only an inspirational leader but a great rugby player and from a personal point of view an amazing subject for a sculptor!


This unique British and Irish Lions Bust depicts Sam in the 2017 strip worn by him whilst captaining the Lions to their series tying win over the back to back world champions on that momentous evening in Wellington. It will also include an inscription recording that famous second test victory over New Zealand. Sam now joins the pantheon of legendary Welsh players to be made as a bust by the Groggshop and he is in great company along with Sir Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams, Mervyn Davies, Ray Gravell, Neil Jenkins, Shane Williams and Martyn Williams.


This unique piece went for Auction on Tuesday 1st May at The Hurlingham Club, London.

Details on our next piece for upcoming dinner at the Captains Dinner at the Cardiff & Vale College (27th June) will be announced early June - Keep watching!

The Magnificent Seven ~ 9" Fully Logoed Lions 2017 Sam Warburton


Alongside the Unique Busts of Sam the World of Groggs has created an extremely Limited Edition of the fully logoed 9" Lions Sam Warburton. 

The 'Magnificent Seven' is limited to only Seven pieces and bids can be made prior to each event by emailing Andy on andy@30-3.co.uk.

Sam Warburton by Richard Hughes Patron of the SW7 Testimonial 

As an artist you never stop looking for new subject material. It's something that's instinctive. My eyes are forever scanning faces and working out how to unlock their secrets and transform them into three dimensional studies. So, when the Young Sam Warburton wandered into the Groggshop one day I was thunderstruck. I was aware who he was, obviously. Sam had already captained Wales at under 18s, 19s and 20s age groups and was being talked about as a future captain of Wales at senior level. But that's not what interested me. Sam was sculpting gold and as the late great Prince once said.. " Cars like that don't pass you every day". My father was called and Sam happily sat to have his photographs taken but to me it was all unnecessary. I'd already locked his features in the hard drive in my head and I couldn't wait to start making him.

I didn't have to wait long as Sam quickly burst onto the international scene and very soon was captaining not only Wales but the British and Irish lions. It's difficult to explain what it is about someone that makes them interesting to a sculptor and I can remember struggling to explain to Sam's lovely parents of how he reminded me of a Trojan warrior from Classical Greek sculpture, I hope they understood! Of course, it helped that this modest young rugby player went on to become one of the most successful of the modern generation, but his quiet dignity and positive attitude have been his true hallmarks. Sam has often told us he doesn't keep much rugby memorabilia at home, but he does have his many different Groggs displayed proudly. What greater compliment could I ask for!


Grand Slam Sam 2012 ~ Whitchurch High, Blues and Wales (Career in Groggs - at that time!)


2013 British & Irish Lions and 1st Generation Welsh 9" Limited Edition

Sam truly deserves his special year. For all the highs and lows of his Stellar career he has never lost the youthful charm that first captivated us all and inspired a generation of young players to follow in his footsteps.

For me I can't wait to break out the clay and start making him again!

Well done Sam from all your friends and fans and the World of Groggs

Sam Warburton Testimonial Bust Work In Progress

The Sam Bust in early stages, late 2017.

The man himself pays Richard's Studio a visit to take a look at the progress.


After a successful firing the master Bust was ready to go for moulding with our production team.