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Lydiate offered dual-contract by WRU

Dan Lydiate has been offered a dual contract by the WRU it was revealed today.

The unattached flanker, who left Racing Metro last month, is one of 12 players whom a contract was sent to “for the players’ full consideration”.

Wales captain Sam Warburton is currently the only dual contracted player.

Head coach Warren Gatland said: “This is an important step forward for Welsh rugby, and we will reap rewards in playing standards over the long term.

“Any player on a national dual contract will remain in Wales with a region, where their development and welfare can be monitored by me and my national squad coaches, conditioners and medical staff.

“I want to personally thank the staff from each of the four regions for their help in getting the national dual contracts up and running.

“In particular, I would really like to thank the regions for their help in facilitating Dan Lydiate’s return to Wales. It wasn’t something that we had envisaged so early, or budgeted for, so I would like to thank them for their help.”

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