Lydiate on track for Six Nations

Wed, 02 Jan 2013 11:07
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Wales’ bid to retain their Six Nations crown has received a major boost as star flank Dan Lydiate is in line to be fit for the start of the championship.

Wales’ bid to retain their Six Nations crown has received a major boost as star flank Dan Lydiate is in line to be fit for the start of the championship.  

Lydiate, the 2012 Six Nations Player of the Championship, was in a doubt for the campaign after he broke his ankle in September.

However, the sought after loose forward is making a faster than expected recovery which has left Newport Gwent Dragons coach optimistic that Lydiate will return to action within a month.

"He is on course for the start of February," Edwards told Walesonline.

"It wouldn't surprise me if Dan has a half of rugby for us and Wales throw him straight in.

"He's that important - we saw how much he was missed during the November internationals."

25-year-old Lydiate is expected to make a decision on his club future soon after he announced in December that he would leave the Dragons after seven years with the club to pursue a fresh challenge.

Wales will be without flyhalf Rhys Priestland (Achilles tendon) and lock Luke Charteris (knee) for the entire Six Nations and are sweating on centre Jamie Roberts (elbow) and lock Ian Evans (knee). Utility back James Hook is carrying an injury but he is expected to fit for the tournament.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
SIX NATIONS
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Team P W D L Pts
England 5 5 0 132 10
Wales 5 3 1 1 7
Ireland 5 2 1 2 5
Scotland 5 2 0 3 4
France 5 2 0 3 4
Italy 5 0 0 5 0