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Dan Lydiate

Dan Lydiate (born 18 December 1987, Salford) is a Wales international rugby union player. A Flanker, Lydiate was raised in Llandrindod Wells and is a product of the Newport Gwent Dragons academy.

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He wants a gum shield too. One that looks like he has gold teeth
Oil 4 Wales taking and to for an awesome training day
When do you murder the baby male calves? Before or after?
About time been on fire for the last two seasons deserves his chance & more
He's been outstanding for the Chiefs over the last few seasons
Great meeting you pal good luck with the rehab, so when does your wife want a cracking deal on a carav…
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Dan Lydiate made a career out of what Sion Bennett just got binned for. Utter joke.
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Watching lions raw to get in the mood for the tour coming up! wins the silent dance off by a country mile 😂👏🏻
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You must be mistaken, gods country is 😉
He's removed it and invoked a super injunction last seen going for a run 🏃🏻
Lovely view today can see for miles
I'm assuming you're referring to AWJ & Tipuric? Dan Lydiate and Bradley Davies are…
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Dan Lydiate out of 6N and Lions tour, knee injury is ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments. Ospreys coach Steve Tandy confirms out for season
“There’s definitely some ligament damage.It will be a bit more than a couple of months."Steve Tandy on Dan Lydiate injury
SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: welcome back Alex Cuthbert, Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Lydiate for November Tests…
James Davies or Ellis Jenkins set for Wales call up as Dan Lydiate all but out of tour
Dan Lydiate is ruled out of Wales' tour of New Zealand with a shoulder injury and ...
Stalwart flanker Dan Lydiate ruled out of Wales' New Zealand tour: Wales' blindside flanker Dan Lydiate has b...
Wales call up uncapped Ellis Jenkins to replace injured flanker Dan Lydiate for New Zealand
BBC Sport - Injured Wales flanker Dan Lydiate ruled out of New Zealand tour
Ellis Jenkins called into Wales squad after flanker Dan Lydiate is ruled out of tour to New ... https:…
Dan Lydiate to captain Wales against Italy in Six Nations, with Sam Warburton concussed
Caught you on the big screen with that crazy lady dancing 💃🏻
forever jealous. Gutted I couldn't go!
Great night with absolutely class act 👏🙌thanks
Hi Dan. My 7yr old is cycling 55 miles for JDRF because his best pal has type 1 diabetes. Pls RT?
Thank you your wife has good taste 😉
Even Nigel wanted to get his hands on this scrum dan_lydiate
Backrow huge contest 6 7 Best 7 in wales Tips 8. James King or if still here !!! 🏉
Dan Lydiate slots in at No. 8 as Ospreys square up to Cardiff Blues
Dan Lydiate at 8 will be interesting to watch. Not particularly known for his ball carrying, and Cracknell has played 8 most of his youth
Dan Lydiate No 8 as Ospreys field back-row of three sixes (Cracknell, King, Lydiate) v Cardiff Blues' three 7s (Warburton, Jenkins, Navidi).
Dan Lydiate at No8 for Ospreys against Cardiff Blues who are missing Rhys Patchell and Lloyd Williams:
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Why does the stretcher always come on in football? Remember seeing hop off after breaking & dislocating his ankle!
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Dan Lydiate captains Wales team against Italy as Alun Wyn Jones and Sam Warburton miss match - ...
Wales give starts to Alex Cuthbert, Bradley Davies and Dan Lydiate against France in the Six Nations on Friday.
pleasure to be there fella. The boys
pleasure to be there fella. The boys enjoyed 👍🏼
normally not.. Sunday morning he is doing his recovery footing in the streets of Paris. 😉 cc
The backs look bigger than the forwards
Great meeting u today thank u for fun chat & supporting good luck Sat!
this 'Casual' pig farmer bit, is that like pigs that are easy going pipe and slipper's kinda pigs😇😉
Dan du Preez just went low, no arms, on the knee of Leo Senatore. NH refs much hotter on penalising that, just ask Dan Lydiate. Consistency?
Delighted to welcome the boys back to ODP! thanks boys!
Paul Young 'Every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you'. 😃🍗🎤
Discussing Lyric fails with & in the car...Rob thought Ultrabeats 'pretty green eyes' was 'Richard, good night' 😂😂
Currently waiting for a response from regarding his availability for the 09/03/16 against
The boy Lydiate seems to get younger as the years go by
It was great to have and his lovely Wife to be Nia in store yesterday sorting out wedding shoes!
LIVE: Wales selectors impressed with Dan Lydiate against France. Team not selected yet though
Fashionable rugby crimes, and the recent focus on Dan Lydiate’s low shoulder-chop. Today’s column:
Ban the tackle from rugby? Better to teach the right technique. That tacking spotlight might now be on Dan Lydiate
Referees finally decide to give Dan Lydiate’s dubious ‘tackle’ the chop via
Ban tackling? Nope. Better to get tackling right. And that's where Dan Lydiate might be running into problems
Dan Lydiates chop tackle and other illegal issues highlighted.
Has a focus now been put on Dan Lydiate's tackling style?. For
good thanks ross, your family looking great too. Raising awareness of Powys axing rural schools.
Dan Lydiate starts at No 6 for the Ospreys against Edinburgh tomorrow night. Jamie Roberts not involved for Harlequins against Leicester.
I would consider getting Lloyd Williams and Dan Lydiate on, not really happened for Warburton and Gareth Davies today yet.
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. Instead of paying £20 million to teach English to migrants ,Why not pump the money into the steel industry !!!
Thinking of the 750 steel workers losing their jobs, Port Talbot needs the steel works, the whole community would be los…
When cold Monday's seem tough, just remember Dan Lydiate had a metal plate put in his eye so he didn't have to miss work...
Sam Underhill reminds me of Joe Worsley and Dan Lydiate-Sean Edwards. 'He doesn't care for reputations and everyone is going to get it.'
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Dan I think your a great player and I like watching you playing you have improved more and more to be up there with the best .
Well done to the boys lastnight great support and dig in all the youngster really stepping up 👍💪💪
Dan Lydiate misses Ospreys reveal he starred for Wales again? Thanks
Great to see and in changing room celebrating a massive victory for . Just hope Dan Biggar is ok for 6N 🙏🏻
Who'd do all the Tackling Dan Lydiate does ?? You can argue that he's not a Ball Carrier but he's not in the team for that
I think Dan Lydiate would have something to say about that!
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Time for mid-morning cuppa tea time with Full here: .
my pleasure mate,it was a great night X
Massive thank you to and for attending our presentation this evening!
Big thank you to and for attending our presentation
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Here's presenting a few awards for the in the 150th team for Neath Port Talbot.
Wales flanker Dan Lydiate misses out on Ospreys Champions Cup clash against Clermont.
absolutely. Dan Lydiate's tackling workrate proves this
Good luck to as he returns to training with don't get in his way
The Ospreys are indeed Ma'afu's new team!
The dominoes delivery man looked like Dan Lydiate and I think I fell in love a lil bit
Today's answers are Dan Lydiate, Dan Evans and Nicky Smith. Winners will be picked at random from the correct answers and revealed on Monday
New Ospreys Euro/Champions Cup Jersey by BLK as modelled by Dan Lydiate
Wishing the boys all the best. Special day for and receiving their 50th caps. Congrats lads 👍🏻
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Dan Lydiate named in Ospreys team to face Glasgow. DAN Lydiate is back in the Ospreys team for the trip...
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Dan Biggar returns for Ospreys in Glasgow Sun on along with all Wales backrow of Lydiate, Tipuric & King. AWJ and Baldwin on bench
Dan Biggar and Dan Lydiate will start for the Ospreys in their Pro 12 game away to Glasgow on Sunday. Alun Wyn Jones is on the bench
Looking well Dan, we turned the ram in today
you need some Rodneys in your life.
Have you ever Dan lydiated your own sheep?
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how many Ewes are being serviced, Dan?
Huge thanks to the boys for popping in to see us!
the same way they seem to manouver the Dragons best players to other regions, Lydiate, Dan Evans etc
Listening to Warren Gatland talk about the metal plate Dan Lydiate has had inserted in his eye socket, I kept thinking about Steve Austin!
Wales recall Tyler Morgan, Gethin Jenkins and Dan Lydiate for quarter-final v htt…
Wales hope to have Paul James, Liam Williams, Dan Lydiate and Bradley Davies available to face Australia after various knocks and injuries.
We had a great time singing at yesterday whilst Dan Lydiate & Toby Faletau were there!
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Rocky is our mascott today c'mon Ospreys!
I may have to ask my mum to take in the arms
different level Lyds do they do one with fake abs for the props 👍
you may be playing in Ospreys black but you will always be a have a cheer from this dragons fan !
Good luck to all our regions tomorrow . 🏉🏉🏉
With Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric and Dan Baker the must now possess one of the best back-rows in European rugby.
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ye would have been great to come along. Next season now maybe
Top form mate! shame your working for Dragons end of season dinner!
What a great night again by and great speakers and Dan Bigger
Dan Biggar thank you for tonight legends one and all. Enjoyed tonight surrounded by good people.
Brill evening spent with Dan Lydiate, Dan Biggar and Rhys Webb from the Welsh rugby team!
Izzy calls me from work she's just served Dan Lydiate, Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar, are you having a laugh the one night I don't work
Mummy thought westlife had reunited...thanks for the photo , Dan Biggar,
Thankyou , , Dan Biggar for making 2 boys very happy. Enjoy the night
.was a part of a stellar Welsh line-up at a Guinness Q&A night ahead of
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Hats off to Sam Warburton, Rynard Landman, Dan Lydiate, Rhys Priestland & master of ceremonies Scott Quinnell for a very entertaining Q & A.
Brilliant evening in Cardiff with Sam Warburton, Dan Lydiate, Rhys Priestland, Scott Quinnell and Rynard Landman!
On our way to Cardiff to see Just passed 👋🏽
Ospreys coach Steve Tandy: Dan Lydiate has been a great recruit for us. He hasn't come here and thought he knows it all. He wants to learn
Looking forward to Wednesday night with Dan Biggar and
Meeting yesterday has made my weekend 😍
Great day today meeting Andrew Coombs, Jake Ball, Dan Lydiate and Adam Jones!
Rhys and Elin having a photo taken and getting an autograph off Dan Lydiate @ the wru shop,Westgate Street Cardiff.
So happy i got to meet - so lucky my netball tournament is this weekend and I'm down in Cardiff!:)x
Mams so happy that her grogg is now signed!
his version of 'Duw its Hard' is really something.
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Dan singing should be quite amusing.
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If you're heading to the Youth Cupfinal will be in ticket office singing Autographs
Matthew Rees will be in the WRU ticket office between 2-3 for signings and Dan Lydiate between 3-4
the thing is Dan do you know where your goin
hence why Dan Lydiate should have returned to the region that developed him...
Lydiate makes first Ospreys start: Dan Lydiate makes first Ospreys start against Scarlets on Saturday 15 Evans 14…
Gareth Davies defends Dan Lydiate's decision to sign for
WRU chairman Gareth Davies wanted Dan Lydiate back at Newport Gwent Dragons
Planet Rugby News Lydiate gets dual contract offer: Wales flanker Dan Lydiate was one of 12 players offered a ...
Here's my attempt to get to the bottom of what's happening with Dan Lydiate, the Ospreys and a dual contract. Complex
Mid Wales: Lydiate to return to Welsh rugby: Racing Metro announce Dan Lydiate is to return to Wales after rea...
Jamie Roberts 'knocked' by rumours he, Mike Phillips & Dan Lydiate were to depart Racing.
Roberts hurt by Racing Metro rumours: Wales' Jamie Roberts says he, Mike Phillips and Dan Lydiate are staying ...
Watch some Wales’ top rugby players like Jamie Roberts, Leigh Halfpenny, Dan Lydiate in the French Top 14 on S4C:
This particular tackle from Dan Lydiate and follow-up from Sean OBrien won a penalty which full-back Leigh…
Lydiate to lead Wales in Test warm-up - Dan Lydiate will captain Wales as they take on the Eastern Province Kings ...
Dan Lydiate says he may ring Sam Warburton for captaincy advice as Wales look to follow England example of tak...
Dan Lydiate will captain Wales against the EP Kings in PE on Tuesday -
Dan Lydiate to captain Wales: Warren Gatlands men will be using the fixture to warm up for the two subsequent ...
Planet Rugby News Lydiate to lead Wales against Kings: Dan Lydiate will captain Wales in their opening game in...
Dan Lydiate to lead Wales in South Africa tour opener against Eastern Province ...
Matthew Morgan to make first start for Wales against Eastern Province Kings as Dan Lydiate leads side as captain
See the full Wales team to face Eastern Province Kings on Tuesday - with Dan Lydiate captain & James Hook at fly-half
Wales Team announced to Face Eastern Province Kings - Dan Lydiate will captain Wales... More:
Dan Lydiate returns from injury to captain Wales against Eastern Province Kings on Tuesday. Matthew Morgan starts at 15, Josh Turnbull at 7.
So did Jamie Roberts, Dan Lydiate and Luke Charteris, look where they were in the 6N rest weeks.
64mins: Big cheer around the Millennium Stadium as Sam Warburton on for Dan Lydiate
Sam Warburton on standby for starting berth in Wales's Six Nations opener • Lions' captain has recovered from shoulder injury • Dan Lydiate may miss Italy match to attend birth Sam Warburton was named on Wales's bench against Italy on Saturday after recovering from the shoulder injury he sustained at the end of the autumn Test series, but the Lions' captain may start the champions' opening match of their Six Nations title defence after Dan Lydiate returned to France on Tuesday when his fiancee went into labour. Warren Gatland said he would have no qualms about starting the flanker, despite his lack of match fitness, but the second-row Alun Wyn Jones, who was named captain in place of Warburton, will wear the armband if Lydiate fails to return to the squad's training base by Friday. "I have told Dan to take a few days off and we will be able to accommodate him even if he returns on Friday," Gatland said. "We always stress to players the importance of family and I asked Dan if he wanted the weekend off, ...
What to expect in rugby in 2014 1. Danny Cipriani finally gets a recall to the England squad. Will be sent home two days later after he simulates sex with a table centrepiece in the middle of a black tie dinner. He will say it's someone else's fault. 2. After weeks at a special, intensive training camp, Dan Lydiate finally grasps what a rugby ball is and what to do with it 3. Brian O'Driscoll retires; Ireland descends into a bitter civil war over the succession to the throne. 4. Scotland find a world-class centre. He is declared a witch and banished from their realm. He signs for Northampton and is not as good as he should be. 5. In his latest wind up at a press conference, Warren Gatland says that the RFU has been infiltrated by communists who are controlled by Beijing. The English rugby media goes into meltdown. 6. Wales prevent more players leaving by building an Israeli/Northern Ireland style peace wall around South Wales. According to a spokesman they are "Not that bothered about North Wales" 7. On e ...
Gareth Griffiths on Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips and Dan Lydiate in Heineken ... - WalesOnline:... 8
Gareth Griffiths watched Mike Phillips, Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate in Heineken Cup action for Racing Metro at...
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Maybe our Heineken Cup campaign isn't over yet. Always pleasant to beat the likes of Mike Phillips, Johnny Sexton, Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts. FYI - we were playing a French team.
After weeks of having no club and speculation. Mike Philips has joined Racing Metro. Joining fellow lions Jamie Roberts , Dan Lydiate and Jonny Sexton
'We struggled to cope with Quade Cooper,' admits Wales star Dan Lydiate via
LATE team news Wales v Tonga: Andrew Coombs has withdrawn due to a bad back, his starting place taken by Dan Lydiate. Alun Wyn Jones moves to the bench.
It looks like Wales can't hold on to their top players, the player drain to France continues: Dan Lydiate, Jamie Robeerts, Luke Charteris, Lee Byrne, Mike Phillips, Steffan Jones, Chris Francis and now Jon Davies, when will it end?
Rugby Update - Lions skipper Sam Warburton captains Wales against South Africa, in the first of four autumn internationals at the Millennium Stadium this month. On the other flank is Dan Lydiate, now based at Racing Metro in France, who lines up for Wales for the first time since the summer of 2012 after long-term injury. Prop Gethin Jenkins will win his 99th cap on Saturday. Backs: Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams, Eli Walker, Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips Forwards: Gethin Jenkins, Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (c), Toby Faletau Replacements: Ken Owens, Paul James, Scott Andrews, Luke Charteris, Justin Tipuric, Lloyd Williams, James Hook, Liam Williams.
Wales name team to face Boks 2013-11-05 Cardiff - Ospreys wing Eli Walker is set to make his Wales debut against the Springboks after being named in coach Warren Gatland's starting side to face the Springboks at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The 21-year-old has been given his chance after injury ruled out wing Alex Cuthbert from the first of Wales's four November internationals. Meanwhile Rhys Priestland returns at fly-half after missing all of Wales's Six Nations title-winning campaign last season with an Achilles injury. British and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton again captains the side from the back-row where Dan Lydiate, one of the stars of the combined side's 2-1 series win in Australia this year, makes his first Wales appearance since 2012 following an ankle injury. Walker has long been regarded as one of the best finishers in the Celtic League but a back injury ruled him out of both the Six Nations and Wales's two-Test pre-season tour of Japan. "Eli has impressed for his region and while w ...
Looking increasingly likely that Conor Murray is about to have team mates by the name of Jamie Roberts, Dan Lydiate and Jonathan Sexton!
VIDEO: Lydiate and Roberts enjoy Paris: Wales and Lions stars Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts tell Scrum V how...
Just watched Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts out in France. Join the debate - how do we go about keeping players in Wales?
Fiji captain Netani Talei has finally met up with his new Dragons teammates and will fill the gap left by Dan Lydiate
Dan Lydiate. More or less the same year (give or take)
down in Tuileries gardens with some welsh friends for food & cricket/touch rugby if u fancy it!
Thanks for the spot - Dan, we promise to never call you by your middle name again!
Good to see the Brecon massive asking after 's this evening. and top guys.
Dan Lydiate comes into the starting Racing Metro team for tomorrow's game vs. Oyonnax. Juandré Kruger's first start.
French yoghurt better than Rachael's? You've changed Jamie - shame on you
Good to see the boys getting into the culture Français ;-)
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Paris Welsh Society heading over to Colombes this sat to cheer you on, listen out for us! Xx
Jonny Sexton, Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts are all HUGE signings for Racing Metro... Beware!
Aled Brew targeting more tries in second season in France: AS Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts brace themselves f...
Gatland: Lions can roar again Warren Gatland: Turns attention backto coaching Wales Warren Gatland believes the British and Irish Lions will have what it takesto end a 42-year wait for a Test seriesvictory over New Zealand. This year's Lions squad are still celebrating a 2-1 success over Australia - their first Test series win since 1997 - achieved with a number of exciting young players playing crucial roles. Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Alex Corbisiero, Sam Warburton, Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau all shone and Gatland expects them to be the world-class talent at the heart of the 2017 touring squad. Asked if he thought the Lions could win in New Zealand, current Lions boss Gatland said: "Yes, I think if we get things right in terms of the preparation and stuff. "If you look at how young this squad is, a lot of them could be around in four years' time. "If they are playing well enough and you have got four more years' experience on some young heads, some young shoulders and they are in their late 20s, t ...
Lion Heartpenny. I don’t know where to start. What a way to win a series, to silence doubters and to show how rugby can be played. Before the whistle blew to start this grand finale to the 2013 Lions tour of Australia, I was wracked by doubt. As the final whistle blew I was jubilant yet slightly bemused as to how we had won so emphatically. As the game progressed the initial Aussie fumble that led to Corbisiero’s opening try teased my hopes whilst the O’Connor Try on half time seemed to confirm my expectations. The first half progressed as expected, summed up by a fan behind me proclaiming this was Lions forwards vs Wallaby backs. We’d been here before, in both previous tests, 60 minutes of competitive play with Lions defence cancelling out Wallaby creativity. Dan Lydiate and George North providing a tackle apiece that Micky Skinner would have been proud of but all the attacking verve coming from the Men in green and gold and instigated by the mercurial Kurtley Beale. In both previous tests ...
So, of the seven 'English' Lions in the squad, only four are English and two of them are Northern. (Corbisiero is American of Italian decent, Vunipola is a Kiwi and Tuilangi Samoan). The only good thing is Jonathan Davies born in Solihull to English parents who moved to Wales when he was young, George North born in Kings Lynn qualifies with Welsh mother, Dan Lydiate born in Salford and raised in Wales so with Toby Faletau who was born in Tonga the Welsh contingent quite reduced. the starting lineup is actually only 6 players from Wales, 3 from Ireland, 4 from England, 1 from Tonga, 1 from USA. Now that sounds better doesn't it?
Australia v Lions Second Test: Preview and Prediction Posted on Jun 28, 2013 After last week’s nerve-shredder in Brisbane, the sea of red rolls into Melbourne for the second and potentially series-defining test. If the first test was tense, this could be on another level. Both sides have made changes, enforced or otherwise, so there will be some new combinations on show. British and Irish Lions Warren Gatland has shown his ruthless side in making five changes to the side that won last weekend, with only two of these due to injury. Mako Vunipola comes onto the loose-head side of the scrum for the injured Corbisiero, with Geoff Parling in the engine room for Paul O’Connell. This should have a positive impact in the loose, with Vunipola’s rampaging ball-carrying, and at the line-out, where Parling is one of the shrewdest operators around. In the back row Dan Lydiate fills Tom Croft’s boots, possibly showing Gatland’s fear that without O’Connell and Corbisiero the pack is a bit lightweight – Lyd ...
Lions Squad Analysis for 2nd Test Posted on Jun 27, 2013 The old adage goes that ‘you should never change a winning team’ but clearly this message has been lost on Warren Gatland, who has made five changes to his test XV ahead of the second test on Saturday. In the forwards, Mako Vunipola and Geoff Parling have replaced Alex Corbisiero and Paul O’Connell, both of whom are injured, and Tom Croft, who drops to the bench, has been replaced by Dan Lydiate. In the backs, Ben Youngs and the fit-again Tommy Bowe are preferred to Mike Phillips and Alex Cuthbert, with the winger dropping to the bench at the expense of Sean Maitland. Vunipola was unlucky to miss out on a starting role in the first test after his imperious form in the warm-up games, but ultimately the decision to opt for Corbisiero, a more proficient scrummager, proved to be the right call. The question now is whether or not Gatland should have selected Ryan Grant, who takes his place on the bench, ahead of Vunipola, with the latter resuming h ...
Tommy Bowe and Dan Lydiate are very clever inclusions as well
Interesting Lions selection for second test! Scrum half Ben Youngs in for Mike Phillips who is not even on the bench, winger Tommy Bowe for Alex Cuthbert, flanker Dan Lydiate for Tom Croft and second row Geoff Parling and prop Vunipola replacing the injured Paul O Connell and Alex Corbisero! History beckons on Saturday! Windsor RFC was rammed last Saturday and great atmosphere! Club opens from 10am for breakfast with KO at 11am. Needless to say the bar is open.
Lions captain Dan Lydiate believes the 35-0 win over the Melbourne Rebels served as a good audition
Lions 2013: captain Dan Lydiate happy with victory over Melbourne Rebels and insists players have impressed
The British and Irish Lions warmed up for the second Test against Australia with an ultimately convincing victory over an outgunned Rebels side in Melbourne. Converted tries from Conor Murray and Sean Maitland in a patchy first half gave the tourists a 14-0 lead at the interval. The coaches said there are opportunities and places in the squad. The boys played out of their skin and have put their hands up” Sean O'Brien and Ben Youngs added further scores either side of a penalty try as the Lions pressed home their superiority. Keeping a game and committed Rebels side scoreless was a tribute to the Lions' second string in the final midweek match of the tour. Manu Tuilagi, O'Brien, Ian Evans, Richard Hibbard, captain Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau all put in impressive shifts in a last effort to force their way into Test contention. Whether any player did enough to play their way into the starting side on Saturday is debatable, although Tuilagi proved his trademark power was intact on his return from a shoul ...
British & Irish Lions O’Connell ruled out of test series with broken arm Posted on Jun 24, 2013 | 0 comments O'connell Ireland lock Paul O’Connell has been ruled out of the rest of the test series with a broken arm. It is a huge blow for the tourists, who lose a priceless source of on-field leadership. O’Connell was set to feature in his eighth straight Lions test, but instead will watch from the stands. There is no plan to call up a replacement at this stage. Geoff Parling has been stood down from the Rebels match and is likely to take O’Connell’s place in the test side – Ian Evans comes into the line-up for Tuesday, with Tom Croft onto the bench. Flanker Dan Lydiate will captain the side. British and Irish Lions (revised) vs Melbourne Rebels: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Dan Lydiate (c), 5 Ian Evans, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Ryan Grant. Replacement ...
Paul O'Connell has been ruled out for the remainder of the Official Lions Rugby tour with a fractured arm. Geoff Parling has since been withdrawn from Tuesday's team after O'Connell's injury was revealed. Ospreys Rugby lock Ian Evans will take Geoff Parling's place in the starting XV and Dan Lydiate will lead captain the side.
On the evidence of the first test, this is my Lions team for the second: 15-Leigh Halfpenny, 14-Alex Cuthbert, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Jamie Roberts, 11-George North, 10-Justin Tipuric, 9-Mike Phillips; 1- Gethin Jenkins, 2-Richard Hibbard, 3-Adam Jones, 4- Alun Wyn Jones, 5-Ian Evans , 6-Dan Lydiate, 7- Sam Warburton (capt), 8-Toby Faletau. I realise this selection will be contentious because of playing Tipuric out of position, but what other choice is there when Dan Biggar isn't in the squad?
who's the Lions key man? No not Alun Wyn Jones, the other one - Dan Lydiate. From
Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate both signing for Racing Metro. Johnny Sexton also going to Racing Metro. this could be great
While on the Lions it looks a lot like the test team has been picked with a couple of places dependent on injuries. Jamie Roberts has hamstring problems and George North and Manu Tuilagi are still doubtful. The forwards who started yesterday look safe with Tom Croft's lineout ability shading Dan Lydiate's defensive mastery. Jonathan Davies did his chances no harm with a man of the match display. This is how I see them lining up on Saturday Backs:Halfpenny - Cuthbert - Davies - O'Driscoll - North/Zebo - Sexton - Phillips. Forwards: Vanipola - Tom Youngs - Adam Jones - Wyn-Jones - O'Connell - Croft - Warburton - Heaslip.
LUNCHTIME SPORTS UPDATE GAELIC GAMES Offaly's footballers will be without three key players for the upcoming qualifiers Johnny Maloney and Brian Connor are set to depart for America while surgery on a long standing shoulder injury will sideline Anton Sullivan for the rest of the summer Offaly lost by four points to Kildare last weekend and await the qualifier draw on Monday week RUGBY UNION Tommy Bowe is on the only Irish starter for Saturdays clash with Queensland Reds in Brisbane. Captain Sam Warburton makes his first appearance of the tour. Hogg is at full back with Cuthbert and Bowe on the wings and Tuilagi and Davies in the centre. Owen Farrell and Ben Youngs are the half backs. Gethin Jenkins , Tom Youngs and Matt Stevens are the front 3 while Richie Gray and Geoff Parling form the second row. Dan Lydiate , Sam Warburton and Toby Faletau are the back row. Paul O'Connell , Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton are on the bench. SOCCER Ahead of tomorrow's World Cup qualifier at home to Faroe Islands Irelan ...
So the Lions first game is over and from the score line alone, I'd say the exceeded expectations. What can we glean, if anything, from this early performance? For one, I'd say Farrell needs to mature and not be so hot headed. Right now I'd say he's a target for the Wallabies. Interesting to see Dan Lydiate's height at the back of the line out being put to good use and even Jamie Roberts and Alex Cuthbert under the high ball. I liked Mike Phillips' physicality and determination but thought Conor Murray distributed the ball better. Too early to make Test decisions yet but some players certainly did themselves some favours.
A Welsh-heavy Great British and Irish Lions side opened their Tour with a straightforward 59-8 victory over the Barbarians in Hong Kong. The Lions ran in eight tries – with seven of them coming from Welshmen. Captain Paul O'Connell was the only non-Welshman to get over as he scored the opening try of the Tour while scrum-half Mike Phillips and winger Alex Cuthbert helped themselves to two tries each. Jonathan Davies, Dan Lydiate and replacement Alun Wyn-Jones also went over on a day when Warren Gatland decided to start with nine Welsh players and 11 Lions debutants. England's Owen Farrell had an up and down performance at fly-half before being replaced by Ireland's Jonny Sexton who himself missed three, admittedly tough, conversion attempts. Kahn Fotuali'I off a lovely set-up from former All Black Joe Rokocoko scored the only try for an enthusiastic, but ultimately outmatched Barbarians side who should have had Schalk Brits sent-off for a clear punch on Farrell after just eight minutes only for referee ...
Warren Gatland has selected 11 Welshmen in his squad to face the BarbariansWales will dominate the opening match of the 2013 British & Irish Lions with nine players selected to start against the Barbarians in Hong Kong. Centre pair Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies continue their winning Test partnership in midfield alongside Six Nations try hero Alex Cuthbert. Three Ospreys forwards will start at Hong Kong Stadium including front-row pair Adam Jones and Richard Hibbard as well as flanker Justin Tipuric who gets the nod after tour captain Sam Warburton was ruled out with a knee injury. Tipuric lines up between Newport Gwent Dragons pair Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau in an all-Wales back-row in front of scrum-half Mike Phillips. The veteran Test number nine will provide crucial experience for half-back partner Owen Farrell who is joined by Saracens team-mate Mako Vunipola. Scotland's trio of tourists, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and Richie Gray all start while 2009 captain Paul O'Connell will lead the team i ...
Dan Lydiate, Morne Steyn, Digby Ioane, Jamie Roberts, Jonny Sexton all going Racing Metro next season. They will have he'll of a squad!
Dan Lydiate is in purely because he's Welsh and Gatland bums him in the showers, Sean Maitland is in because he's Scottish.. Oh wait...
Ian Evans, Alun Wyn Jones, Toby Flateu, Dan Lydiate, Toby Faletau, Justin Tipuric and Sam Warbutrton complete the Welsh forwards in the...
George North, Dan Lydiate and Jamie Roberts all off next season.bad times for Welsh rugby!
Wales duo Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate will move to French club Racing Metro when the season ends.
The Dragons are strengthened by starts for Tom Prydie, Toby Faletau, Andrew Coombs and Dan Lydiate for Saturday's 'Judgement Day'
Depends on what or what's classed as Wildcard. Dan Lydiate or Tommy Bowe. Leftfield Cory Allen though too soon but he's class.
He's back...Dan Lydiate will start for the Dragons against Ospreys tomorrow night as a host of Welsh stars line up
Wales flanker Dan Lydiate will make his comeback tomorrow after missing the whole of rugby union's Six Nations with an ankle injury.
still missing Dan Lydiate, Bradley Davies, Ryan Jones, Luke Charteris, Rhys Priestland. Bring on the Ozzies :)
Surely not. 3 reasons why? 1) Dan Lydiate at 6 2) Tom Croft at 6 3) Stephen Ferris at 6 Even considering injuries. Yes. Sorry.
Dragons: Dragons excited by nearing return of star Dan Lydiate
excited by nearing return of star Dan Lydiate
Dan Lydiate.. Ken Owens.. Dafydd Jones.. Neil Jenkins and Shane WIlliams if he's back!
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So onto the rugby. The first game sees WALES host IRELAND. Both have injuries to key players. Dan Lydiate was immense last season for the Welsh and he leaves a big hole. There are intriguing battles across the field especially with the Lions tour upcoming. Full backs Rob Kearney and Leigh Halfpenny go head to head and the legend that is Brian O'Driscoll meets his old centre partner from 2009 Jamie Roberts. I got this result wrong last year with Wales winning in the last minute. I will again go for Ireland to win a thriller.
Six Nations preview; Wales v Ireland Wales captain Sam Warburton has held off the challenge of Justin Tipuric and will line-up in his usual openside flanker berth against Ireland on Saturday. Speculation had been rife that Warburton’s position was under-threat and that he may be moved across the back-row to the blinside as a result of Tipuric’s outstanding form and an injury to first choice No.6 Dan Lydiate. But caretaker coach Rob Howley has kept faith with Warburton and Tipuric will start on the bench with Aaron Shingler and Toby Faletau set to pack down at blindside and No.8 respectively. Elsewhere, Dragons lock Andrew Coombs is set to make his Test debut with Wales battling an injury crisis that has sidelined Alun Wyn Jones, Luke Charteris and Bradley Davies. As a result, Coombs will partner Ian Evans in the second row while Adam Jones returns at tight-head prop after missing the autumn whitewash with a knee injury. Dan Biggar gets the nod ahead of James Hook at fly-half with Rhy Priestland also o ...
Wales confident they can put awful autumn behind them It has been one piece of bad news after another for Welsh rugby fans recently. A painfully poor autumn series saw them lose to Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia, on the back of a 3-0 whitewash on their summer tour down under. It is their worst sequence of results since the 2002/2003 season, when they lost 10 games on the bounce, and their misery has been compounded by consistently bad reports from the physios. On the medical front, Rhys Priestland, Luke Charteris, Bradley Davies, Aaron Jarvis, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate and Huw Bennett will all certainly be absent for at least the beginning of the tournament. There is some slightly more optimistic news, however, concerning other players. “Ian (Evans) and Ryan (Jones) are being assessed on a daily basis, but it’s still very much positive,” says Rob Howley. “We’ll be in a better position to know if they’ll be available on Monday. In reference to Ryan, the scans have showed there’ ...
Is it true you may make the 6 nations dan?
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Dragons flanker Dan Lydiate is set to hand Wales a timely boost as he may be fit for the start of the Six Nations
think youngs form has dipped a bit but he is very sharp around the base. Good news won't be long
Buzzing that could be fit for the start of the 6nations!
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Great news for Wales and Lions with Dan Lydiate set to be back from broken ankle before the end of the Six Nations
Wales have received a huge boost ahead of the 2013 Six Nations following the news that star flanker Dan Lydiate could potentially be fit in time for their opening clash.
Rugby Union: Wales star set for Six Nations comeback: Wales could be able to call on Dan Lydiate for the latter ...
Wales receive injury boost ahead of Six Nations:
Boost for Wales as Dan Lydiate could be fit for Six Nations: The Dragons flanker broke his ankle against Edinbur...
Sounds like Dan Lydiate will be fit for Wales in the massive news if its true, the boy can play!
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Lydiate gives lift to Wales: Wales flanker Dan Lydiate is likely to return to action in February according t...
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Dan Lydiate v Thierry Dusatoir: two of the best tacklers in world rugby. Timing, technique and determination the keys.
Great to hear could be back for Six Nations!
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Flanker Dan Lydiate has given Wales a boost ahead of the RBS 6 Nations with news that he could be back in action at the start
If this is true then Dan Lydiate is actually superhuman
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Rugby News: Dan Lydiate could be fit for Wales defence of Six Nations
Wales and Dragons ace Lydiate on track for a return in February: WALES star Dan Lydiate is closing in on a retur...
Good news for Welsh fans. Last years man of the tournament, Dan Lydiate likely to be fit for the start of the 6 nations
Media Wales reporting that Dan Lydiate could be back for the 6N. Incredible recovery. Farmer strength :-)
Yeah! Great news to kick off the NY. “Western Mail says Dan Lydiate set to hand Wales 6N fitness boost
Not only is Barlow on tele just saw the news that will be fit for 6 nations...maybe we do have a chance
Wales set for injury boost as Dan Lydiate targets Six Nations return - WalesOnline
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Wales receive some good injury news at last as Dan Lydiate looks set to be fit for start of Six Nations
Dan Lydiate joins the Get Caerphilly Online team for the launch of Digital Fridays and talks how useful being online is for him and his family.
Why are you asking James Haskell. You need to ask Dan Lydiate!
Also runner up Dan Lydiate on where he plays next and Alun Wyn Jones on Wales winning Team of the Year, plus Junior winner Elinor Barker
In back row comes in as Ryan Jones & Dan Lydiate are out. Scott Williams takes over from Jonathan Davies at centre.
Dan Lydiate is in the new WRU ticket store, st davids Level 2 on Saturday 11am-1pm
Dragons' Lydiate happy in Wales: Wales flanker Dan Lydiate says he is well treated at Newport Gwent Dragons whic...
Adam Jones and Dan Lydiate are two of first names on my team sheet.
NE Wales: Lydiate will not require surgery: Wales and Dragons flanker Dan Lydiate will not have to have surgery ...
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