Sam Warburton, Heather Knight recognised in New Year Honours list

Sam Warburton described receiving an OBE as 'the pinnacle' of his career. David Rogers/Getty Images

British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton described receiving an OBE as "the pinnacle" of his career after being recognised in the New Year Honours.

Welshman Warburton, 29, led the Lions on their last two tours, including the drawn Test series against world champions New Zealand during the summer.

The Cardiff Blues flanker -- currently recovering from surgery on a neck problem which ruled him out of Wales' autumn Test series -- said the honour was a career highlight.

England Women cricket captain Heather Knight also received an OBE for services to cricket following England's World Cup triumph, which was delivered with victory over India at Lord's in July.

Knight, 27, said she was "blown away" to receive the "massive honour".

Knight said: "When I was a young girl playing cricket for my brother's team in Plymouth, I couldn't have imagined that one day I would get an honour for captaining my country to a successful World Cup.

"It just shows what's possible, and hopefully young girls pursuing sport today will see that it can take you places."

The coach of the team, Mark Robinson, also collected an OBE while bowler Anya Shrubsole and Kent's Tammy Beaumont were both made MBEs.

Beaumont, who was named player of the tournament, said she was "incredibly humbled and honoured" to be recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Former Manchester United youth-team coach Eric Harrison -- who helped develop the 'Class of 92' including the likes of Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham -- receives an MBE.

Beckham paid a personal tribute on Instagram.

The England and Wales Cricket Board director of women's cricket Clare Connor becomes a CBE, having previously been awarded an OBE.

Former Scotland rugby union captain Ian McLauchlan becomes an OBE -- which he called a "very pleasant surprise".

Ed Morrison, England's first full-time professional rugby union referee, also collects an OBE.

Paralympian Stef Reid, who won silver in the F44 long jump at London 2012 and Rio 2016, is also awarded an MBE.

The same honour goes to Welsh cycling coach Alan Davis, who helped the likes of Olympic team pursuit gold medallists Owain Doull and Elinor Barker as youngsters while also riding with Geraint Thomas.

International Ski Federation secretary general Sarah Lewis receives an OBE for services to sport, Scotland and Lions team doctor James Robson is awarded an MBE, while Nicky Henderson -- trainer of the Queen's racehorses -- has been made a Royal Victorian Order Lieutenant (LVO).