WRU boss wanted Lydiate at Dragons

Date published: December 9 2014

Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies has revealed that he would have preferred Wales flanker Dan Lydiate to return to Dragons.

Lydiate reached an agreement with Racing Metro in October to return to Wales after just one season with the Top 14 club. Before his move to the Paris-based club, he played for the Dragons between 2006 and 2013.

The 26-year-old is expected to join Ospreys on a dual contract with the WRU.

“It would have been nice if the principle of returning to your team of origin would have been upheld,” Davies told the BBC.

Davies – who is a former Wales and British and Irish Lions fly-half – was elected as the WRU’s new chairman having previously been chief executive at the Dragons.

And although he would have preferred if Lydiate moved back to the Dragons Davies said he understands why the player is going elsewhere.

“The important thing is that Dan Lydiate is coming back,” he added.

“I think Dan, to be fair, met with the Dragons chairman [Martyn Hazell] a couple of weeks ago and the reason for going to the Ospreys primarily was because his wife is from west Wales.

“To be fair to her she’s done the sabbatical in Paris for a couple of years and I think felt having had a baby in recent months as well, she wanted to be close to her parents and that’s the sort of private decision that drove that eventuality.”