Lydiate focussed after child's birth

31st Jan 2014, 07:19

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Switched on: Dan Lydiate

Switched on: Dan Lydiate

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate is focussed on doing well in Saturday's Six Nations opener against Italy in Cardiff.

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate is focussed on doing well in Saturday's Six Nations opener against Italy in Cardiff.

This after he returned to the Welsh camp following the birth of his daughter this week.

The 26-year-old British and Irish Lion, who plays club rugby for Paris-based Racing Metro, was given special dispensation to fly to France to be present at the birth.

"It's a bit surreal at the moment but I'm obviously over the moon and just chuffed to bits," said Lydiate.

"Her name's Lucy. She's a tiny little thing but mother and baby are doing really well and I'm just really happy.

"With all the coaches and players, Warren (Gatland) has always said that family comes first and when I told him about the situation he was more than happy for me to go over and be with her for the birth.

"I can't thank him enough and it makes you appreciate the environment we've got here and how close everyone is.

"I came back here yesterday and coming back into the environment, everyone is shaking your hand and it's almost like a second family.

"Everyone has congratulated me, there's been a few hugs but when you get into training you have to switch on.

"In between sessions you're talking about it but when you're doing your analysis and when training is taking place, you're fully focused on the weekend and we're really looking forward to that challenge.

"There's no better start than playing your first Six Nations game at home. The Italians will be tough opposition but we have to go into it full of confidence and we're really looking forward to the game."