Ospreys tie up Lions flanker

By Rugby Assault

The Ospreys announced today that they have agreed a new contract with 65-cap Welsh flanker Dan Lydiate, who will stay at Swansea for another year.

The 34-year-old has spent most of 2021 on the sidelines after sustaining an ACL injury in the opening fixture of the Six Nations Championship in what was his first Test match in three years. He returned to action in February this year and was part of Wayne Pivac’s Wales squad last week who face South Africa in July.

To cap off the week, the 2013 three-cap British and Irish Lion had their contract extended after the Ospreys won the Welsh Shield in the United Rugby Championship at the weekend.

“Getting back on the court was my main focus this season, and I’m grateful for the support of the Ospreys medical and strength and conditioning teams for getting me back playing again,” Lydiate said.

“The goal now is to get back to my best, produce performances and play my part in a successful Ospreys team.”

Ospreys head coach Toby Booth added: “Dan’s resilience and determination to return to play after his injury has been well documented.

“His leadership skills and the standards he sets, on and off the pitch, were recognized by his recent call-up for Wales.”

Charles P. Patton