Wales international Dan Lydiate seals return to the Dragons ahead of next season

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Wales international back-row forward Dan Lydiate has sealed a return to the Dragons ahead of next season.

Lydiate, who was recently released by Dragonsโ€™ United Rugby Championship rivals the Ospreys, will rejoin a region he played for between 2006 and 2013.

The 35-year-old British and Irish Lion has won 69 caps and is part of Wales head coach Warren Gatlandโ€™s extended preliminary World Cup training squad.

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The Dragons have not specified Lydiateโ€™s length of contract.

โ€œWe are delighted that Dan is coming home to a club where it all started and a place that means a huge amount to him,โ€ Dragons head coach Dai Flanagan said.

โ€œDan has enjoyed a fantastic career, playing at the very highest level, and he comes back to the Dragons producing some of his finest rugby, underlined by his recent call-up by Wales.

Dai Flanagan
Dragons head coach Dai Flanagan has hailed Dan Lydiateโ€™s return to the Welsh region (Robert Perry/PA)

โ€œHe is a leader, someone who sets the standards, while his vast experience and approach to the game will be of huge benefit to our young squad.โ€

Lydiate said: โ€œIโ€™ve had a lot of positive conversations with Dai about what is being built here, and he is one of the reasons I wanted to return and sign.

โ€œThere is a good crop of young talent at Dragons, and now I am back on board I will hopefully add some experience, play my part and help them on their journey, too. I am looking forward to getting stuck in.โ€