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Wales flanker Lydiate out of Lions tour

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/12/2016

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate has become the first leading player to be ruled out of contention for next year's British and Inish Lions tour of New Zealand with injury.

Lydiate's regional team the Ospreys confirmed the 28-year-old suffered knee ligament damage during Wales win over South Africa in Cardiff last Saturday.

The injury requires surgery which will sideline him for the rest of the club season, Wales' Six Nations campaign and the Lions' tour in June and July.

Lydiate has played 63 Tests, including all three in the Lions' 2013 series win over Australia.

He has been a mainstay of the Wales back-row under Wales and Lions coach Warren Gatland, forging a powerful unit alongside Sam Warburton and Taulupe Faletau.

It is the second major injury blow that Lydiate has suffered this year.

He captained Wales against England at Twickenham in May, but was laid low by a shoulder problem during that game which ruled him out of Wales' subsequent three-Test tour to New Zealand.

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