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Dan Lydiate

Back Row

Born18/12/1987 (28)
Place of BirthSalford
Height194cm / 6' 4"
Weight115kg / 18st 1lbs
Clubs Racing Metro 92, Ebbw Vale, Pontypool
Honours British and Irish Lions, Wales, Wales U20
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Danny Lydiate first featured for the senior side in 2007.  He is a product of the Dragons academy and played Premierhsip rugby in the region at Ebbw Vale. A physical and athletic back row forward, Lydiate is an extremely strong player and has shown great maturity both on and off the pitch which has led to him been looked upon as one of the rising stars of both regional and international rugby.

Danny’s first Dragons appearance came as a replacement away at Cardiff Blues in May 2007. This was followed by another replacement appearance against Connacht and then his first start in the final game of the season against the Ospreys at Rodney Parade.

Lydiate’s emergence as a professional rugby player embodies what the Dragons are seeking to achieve in terms of player development and is one of several players who have made it through to professional rugby from the region.

The start of the 2007/2008 season saw Danny a more regular member of the matchday squad. He made 7 early season appearances including starting the Heineken Cup away match at Perpignan.

Dan’s rise to international success is even more impressive given that during a Heineken Cup match in Perpignan back in 2007 at the age of just 19, Dan suffered a serious neck injury which threatened to end his rugby career on the spot. Showing his trademark quiet determination, Dan returned to the side a year later, having undergone surgery on his upper spine and intensive rehabilitation to become a regular fixture in the Dragons team and was picked as part of Wales’ touring side for the USA in the summer.

Dan’s first match of the 2008/2009 season was in the loss away at Munster in September 2008. He went on to appear 21 times over the season and scored his first Dragons try in the away loss at Connacht in April 2009.

Danny made his debut for Wales in the 2009 Autumn Internationals when he came off the bench against Argentina at the Millennium Stadium. A week later he made his first start for his country in the defeat to Australia. Danny was retained for Gatland’s Six Nations squad for the 2010 but didn’t appear in the tournament.

Danny established himself as a first choice in the Dragons back row for the 2009/2010 season, starting 16 times with an additional replacement appearance. He maintained this place in the Dragons back row and cemented it with continually impressive performances for the region during the 2010/2011 season, again starting 14 of his 16 appearances. He would’ve appeared more times if it wasn’t for his involvement in the Wales squad for both the Autumn Internationals and the RBS 6 Nations.

2010/2011 was the season when Danny firmly established himself in the Wales side as well. Danny started in the Autumn matches against Australia, Fiji and New Zealand and also started in all five of Wales’ 6 Nations matches. He ended the season in fine form and was included, alongside regional teammate Toby Faletau for the first time, in the end of season capped international against the Barbarians.

Danny was selected in the initial 45 man squad that prepared for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He was one of very few players to play in all 3 World Cup warm-up matches, home and away against England and at home to Argentina, and was rewarded with a place in the final 30 man RWC 2011 squad that travelled to New Zealand.

He missed the start of the Dragons 2011/2012 season because of his involvement in the tournament but fast became part of an internationally acclaimed back row for Wales alongside Toby Faletau and Sam Warburton. Danny started the opening 2 games against South Africa and Samoa but injured his ankle in the Samoa game and was forced to miss the pool matches with Namibia and Fiji. Danny ultimately won his fitness race and was fit to start in the quarter final win against Ireland, the semi final against France and shifted to openside to cover the suspended Warburton in the Bronze medal match.

Danny slotted straight back into the Dragons line-up on his return and had racked up 8 starts before injuring his ankle again in the final Amlin Challenge Cup match against Prato at Rodney Parade. That left him with another fitness race to make the start of Wales’ 6 Nations campaign. Ultimately he was deemed unfit for selection in the opening win against Ireland in Dublin but returned with a man of the match performance in the second round match against Scotland at the Millennium Stadium.

Playing Record

Season P W D L T C P Dg Pts

2006/2007 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

Matches Played In 2006/2007

Date Opponent Pos T C P DG Pts
01/05/2007 Cardiff Blues Rep 0 0 0 0 0
04/05/2007 Connacht Rep 0 0 0 0 0
08/05/2007 Ospreys FL 0 0 0 0 0
2007/2008 7 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 0

Matches Played In 2007/2008

Date Opponent Pos T C P DG Pts
01/09/2007 Scarlets Rep 0 0 0 0 0
07/09/2007 Cardiff Blues Rep 0 0 0 0 0
21/09/2007 Connacht Rep 0 0 0 0 0
28/09/2007 Munster FL 0 0 0 0 0
06/10/2007 Ulster FL 0 0 0 0 0
27/10/2007 Wasps FL 0 0 0 0 0
09/11/2007 USA Perpignan FL 0 0 0 0 0
2008/2009 21 7 0 14 1 0 0 0 5

Matches Played In 2008/2009

Date Opponent Pos T C P DG Pts
14/09/2008 Munster FL 0 0 0 0 0
03/10/2008 Newcastle Falcons FL 0 0 0 0 0
25/10/2008 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0
02/11/2008 Wasps Rep 0 0 0 0 0
29/11/2008 Leinster Rep 0 0 0 0 0
06/12/2008 Stade Toulousain Rep 0 0 0 0 0
13/12/2008 Stade Toulousain Rep 0 0 0 0 0
19/12/2008 Ospreys Rep 0 0 0 0 0
26/12/2008 Cardiff Blues Rep 0 0 0 0 0
01/01/2009 Scarlets Rep 0 0 0 0 0
09/01/2009 Glasgow Warriors N8 0 0 0 0 0
25/01/2009 Glasgow Warriors FL 0 0 0 0 0
07/03/2009 Munster Rep 0 0 0 0 0
26/03/2009 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0
03/04/2009 Connacht Rep 1 0 0 0 5
26/04/2009 Connacht FL 0 0 0 0 0
30/04/2009 Ospreys FL 0 0 0 0 0
06/05/2009 Cardiff Blues FL 0 0 0 0 0
09/05/2009 Edinburgh Rugby Rep 0 0 0 0 0
16/05/2009 Leinster FL 0 0 0 0 0
29/05/2009 Rugby Calvisano FL 0 0 0 0 0
2009/2010 17 9 1 7 0 0 0 0 0

Matches Played In 2009/2010

Date Opponent Pos T C P DG Pts
06/09/2009 Ulster FL 0 0 0 0 0
12/09/2009 Leinster FL 0 0 0 0 0
18/09/2009 Glasgow Warriors FL 0 0 0 0 0
27/09/2009 Munster FL 0 0 0 0 0
03/10/2009 Connacht FL 0 0 0 0 0
09/10/2009 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0
16/10/2009 Glasgow Warriors FL 0 0 0 0 0
23/10/2009 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0
06/12/2009 Leinster FL 0 0 0 0 0
13/12/2009 Biarritz Olympique PB FL 0 0 0 0 0
15/01/2010 Glasgow Warriors FL 0 0 0 0 0
24/01/2010 Gloucester Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0
29/01/2010 Ospreys Rep 0 0 0 0 0
07/02/2010 Saracens FL 0 0 0 0 0
19/02/2010 Ulster FL 0 0 0 0 0
06/03/2010 Munster FL 0 0 0 0 0
27/03/2010 Ospreys FL 0 0 0 0 0
2010/2011 16 4 0 12 0 0 0 0 0

Matches Played In 2010/2011

Date Opponent Pos T C P DG Pts
04/09/2010 Connacht Rep 0 0 0 0 0
12/09/2010 Glasgow Warriors FL 0 0 0 0 0
18/09/2010 Cardiff Blues FL 0 0 0 0 0
24/09/2010 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0
01/10/2010 Benetton Rugby Treviso FL 0 0 0 0 0
08/10/2010 Glasgow Warriors FL 0 0 0 0 0
16/10/2010 Stade Toulousain FL 0 0 0 0 0
19/12/2010 Wasps Rep 0 0 0 0 0
01/01/2011 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0
15/01/2011 Stade Toulousain FL 0 0 0 0 0
23/01/2011 Glasgow Warriors FL 0 0 0 0 0
03/04/2011 Benetton Rugby Treviso FL 0 0 0 0 0
15/04/2011 Ospreys FL 0 0 0 0 0
22/04/2011 Edinburgh Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0
29/04/2011 Cardiff Blues FL 0 0 0 0 0
06/05/2011 Ulster FL 0 0 0 0 0
2011/2012 12 3 0 9 1 0 0 0 5

Matches Played In 2011/2012

Date Opponent Pos T C P DG Pts
12/11/2011 RC I Cavalieri Prato FL 0 0 0 0 0
11/12/2011 Exeter Chiefs FL 0 0 0 0 0
18/12/2011 Exeter Chiefs FL 0 0 0 0 0
23/12/2011 Cardiff Blues FL 0 0 0 0 0
30/12/2011 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0
06/01/2012 Ospreys FL 0 0 0 0 0
14/01/2012 USA Perpignan FL 0 0 0 0 0
21/01/2012 RC I Cavalieri Prato FL 0 0 0 0 0
30/03/2012 Connacht FL 0 0 0 0 0
13/04/2012 Benetton Rugby Treviso FL 0 0 0 0 0
20/04/2012 Ospreys FL 0 0 0 0 0
05/05/2012 Leinster FL 1 0 0 0 5
2012/2013 9 3 0 6 1 0 0 0 5

Matches Played In 2012/2013

Date Opponent Pos T C P DG Pts
31/08/2012 Zebre Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0
15/09/2012 Cardiff Blues FL 0 0 0 0 0
22/09/2012 Munster FL 0 0 0 0 0
28/09/2012 Edinburgh Rugby FL 0 0 0 0 0
22/03/2013 Ospreys FL 0 0 0 0 0
30/03/2013 Scarlets FL 0 0 0 0 0
12/04/2013 Ulster FL 0 0 0 0 0
19/04/2013 Munster FL 0 0 0 0 0
03/05/2013 Edinburgh Rugby FL 1 0 0 0 5
 
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