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Lydiate shocked by Lions call

17th May 2013 18:38


SKY_MOBILE Dan Lydiate Wales

Surprise: Dan Lydiate

Dragons and Wales flanker Dan Lydiate admitted he was surprised to be selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

Lydiate missed the majority of the domestic season after fracturing his ankle playing for the Dragons before Christmas against Edinburgh.

Having made his comeback late-on in April, Lydiate has done enough to impress coach Warren Gatland and beat the likes of Kelly Brown, Chris Robshaw and Ryan Jones to selection for the Lions.

"I was shocked to be named in the back row," said Lydiate.

"There were so many players who played well in the Six Nations and throughout Europe this year so to actually get one of those places was a massive shock to me.

"It's been a frustrating year, missing six months of the season but Lions selection is the icing on the cake. I'm still in shock but I'm really chuffed.

"There is a good Welsh contingent in the squad but everyone is working hard to improve themselves so hopefully it will be a really good tour.

"There are so many good back rowers that have been picked so it's up to me personally to train hard and push for my place."