Dan Lydiate declares himself available for Wales' Wallabies encounter
1:15pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
FORMER Newport Gwent Dragons flanker Dan Lydiate says he's available to chop tackle for Wales in all four autumn Tests, writes Chris Kirwan.
It seemed that coach Warren Gatland would have to cope without the influential blindside for the finale against Australia on November 30 because the game is outside the International Rugby Board's Test window.
But the 25-year-old revealed that his contract with Racing Metro allows him to take on the Wallabies rather than lock horns with Montpellier in France's Top 14.
"Yes, I am available," said Lydiate. "It is part of my contract.
"I am allowed to play one match outside of the window, either the one in the autumn or a match in the summer like the ones against the Barbarians.
"So I'll choose the autumn one."
It also looks like winger George North, who signed for Northampton from the Scarlets in the summer, will face the Aussies thanks to a clause in his deal.
Gatland names his squad for the Tests against Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Tonga tomorrow and Lions ace Lydiate believes he is in prime condition to shine.
The flanker, who missed all of Wales' internationals in 2012/13 after fracturing his left ankle playing for the Dragons, made his comeback for his club side in the thrilling 26-26 Heineken Cup draw against the Scarlets in Llanelli last weekend.
"I am feeling quite fresh because I haven't played for three weeks so I have not been overplayed," he said.
"It was nice to get 80 minutes under the belt and be back out there, getting my tackling back in order and start chopping again."
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