Lydiate doubtful for Italy clash

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:26
Large dan lydiate wales 630 Large dan lydiate waves Large dan lydiate media 630

Wales flank Dan Lydiate could miss the defending champions' Six Nations opener after flying back to Paris to be with his pregnant fiancée.

Wales flank Dan Lydiate could miss the defending champions' Six Nations opener after flying back to Paris to be with his pregnant fiancée.

The Racing Metro back row was included in the starting line-up to face Italy in Cardiff this weekend and expects to rejoin the squad in time.

However, he will be replaced by regular captain Sam Warburton should he be unavailable.

"We always stress how important family is in the squad," Wales coach Warren Gatland told WRU TV.

"His fiancée has gone into labour and we have spoken to him about that and told him to take a few days.

"If he gets back tomorrow, Thursday or even Friday we can accommodate being without him for a couple of days

"We have told him to take a weekend and come back next week but he is adamant he wants to play.

"Fingers crossed it's not a false alarm and he has gone back to Paris for the birth of his child."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 01 July 2016
Chiefs v Crusaders 07h35 Suva
Brumbies v Reds 09h40 Canberra
EP Kings v Griquas 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Blue Bulls v Boland 17h00 Loftus Versfeld
Sat, 02 July 2016
Sunwolves v Waratahs 05h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Blues 07h35 Wellington
Rebels v Stormers 09h40 Melbourne
Free State Cheetahs v Falcons 10h05 Bloemfontein
Golden Lions v Griffons 12h05 Johannesburg
Western Province v Eagles 13h00 Newlands
Namibia v Border 13h00 Windhoek
Cheetahs v Force 13h00 Bloemfontein
Sharks v Leopards 15h00 Durban
Kings v Highlanders 15h05 Port Elizabeth
Lions v Sharks 17h10 Johannesburg
Jaguares v Bulls 21h40 Buenos Aires
SIX NATIONS
MORE LOGS
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