Lydiate available for Wales despite Top 14 switch
August 13, 2013
British & Irish Lions flanker Dan Lydiate has dismissed concerns that his availability for Wales will be compromised by his summer switch to Racing Metro.
Lydiate, who started the second and third Test for the Lions against Australia, is in the Metro squad for their Top 14 opener against Brive on Saturday. And although he is now playing overseas, with Jamie Roberts joining him at Racing, he is adamant he will be available for Wales ahead of the autumn internationals, though he did concede that those playing in the RaboDirect PRO12 may get a slight advantage.
"Obviously you are maybe at a slight disadvantage because the coach is not able to watch you every week but I just hope if I am playing well enough they'll still pick me," Lydiate said. "It's a massive onus on myself to make sure I am playing well out here.
"If Racing are successful as well there's a bigger chance I'll still be selected for Wales. I spoke to Warren [Gatland] before coming out here to make sure I was still available for Wales."
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