Wales flanker Dan Lydiate says he is thrilled to have returned to the field for his country following two injury ravaged years. The 30-year-old missed most of the 2016/17 season with knee troubles before a bicep injury sustained in December of last year caused him to miss another five months.
However, he started Wales’ 21-10 victory over Scotland at the Principality Stadium as Wales got their Autumn internationals off to a good start.
Before this season, the Ospreys man had only played 36 times in four seasons since joining from Racing 92, with the likes of Josh Navidi, Ellis Jenkins, James Davies and Ross Moriarty impressing as back row options in his absence.
And Lydiate says he feels privileged to be back in the Wales squad after spending so long out injured, and says it is an opportunity he has to grasp. “It is always nice to be called up for Wales,” he said. “It was nice to be wearing the shirt again.” “You don’t forget how hard it is (international rugby) and it did not disappoint,” he added.