|Full name||Danny John Lydiate|
|Date of birth||18 December 1987|
|Place of birth||Salford, England|
|Height||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||112 kg (17 st 9 lb)|
|Current club||Racing Metro|
|* Professional club appearances and points
counted for domestic first grade only.
** Representative team caps and points correct
as of 22 Jun 2014.
The younger of two sons born to English docker John Lydiate at Hope Hospital, their Welsh mother Lynne raised them in Salford, Greater Manchester. After their father suffered an injury, the family moved to Llandrindod Wells when Dan was aged 4, so that their father could work on his father-in-law's 202 hectares (500 acres) sheep farm in the Cambrian Mountains. Older brother Jack represented Wales colleges at rugby. Dan and Jack have two older brothers John (also born at Hope Hospital) and Steven and an older sister Gillian from their father's first marriage.
He was an ever present member of the Wales Under 20 back row along with Lewis Evans and James Harris for their Six Nations campaign in 2006/7 and progressed to the Dragons senior side at the end of that season. Early in the 2007/08 season he suffered a serious neck injury in the Heineken Cup Group match away to Perpignan which ruled him out for the rest of the season, with doubts raised as to whether or not he would ever play again.
On 25 October 2009 Lydiate was named in the Wales national squad for the November 2009 international series, making his debut as a second half replacement against Argentina on 21 November 2009. Following the withdrawal of captain Ryan Jones from the Wales squad to face Australia in the final Autumn International, Lydiate made his first test match start at flanker on 28 November 2009. He was named in the Wales squad for the 2010 Six Nations Championship, however did not play a single game. He then broke into the Welsh first XV in the autumn internationals of that year, starting against Australia, New Zealand and Fiji as well as being named in the team to face South Africa before withdrawing with a calf injury. He won the Man of the Match award against the Fijians, where he wore the Number 7 jersey for the first time.
He played every match of Wales' 2011 Six Nations Championship campaign as well as all four warm-up matches. In August 2011 he was named in the Wales squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. He played in Wales' opening two games against South Africa and Samoa, but missed the pool games against Namibia and Fiji with an ankle injury that lead to him infamously waking up to ice his leg every hour. It paid off, and he played a key role in Wales' quarter-final win over Ireland and then subsequent losses to France and Australia. He finished second on the tournament's top-tacklers, behind only Wales and Dragons teammate Toby Faletau.
In the 2012 Six Nations Championship, Lydiate received the Player of the Tournament award after featuring in every game bar the opener against Ireland and receiving man of the match awards against Scotland and France.
- "Bio information on club website".
- Perpignan 23–19 Dragons – BBC Sport
- Lydiate dreaming of Wales debut – BBC Sport
- Dan Lydiate set to cap remarkable comeback – Wales Online
- Wales 33–16 Argentina – BBC Sport
- Wales hit by captain Jones injury – BBC Sport
- "Wales 2011 Rugby World Cup squad". BBC Sport. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- Lydiate Six Nations Player of the Tournament
- 2013 Lions Squad