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Uncapped flanker Lydiate gets call up

26/10/2009 08:39:10 AM Comments (0)

Uncapped Newport flanker Dan Lydiate was called up Sunday by Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland into a 29-man squad for next month's Tests against New Zealand, Samoa, Argentina and Australia.

Lydiate was the only uncapped player in a squad still captained by Ospreys back-row Ryan Jones.

Scrumhalf Dwayne Peel was included even though he will be unavailable for the All Blacks clash on November 7 as his English Premiership club, Sale, will not release him for a match that falls outside the International Rugby Board's window for Test matches.

Peel is the only non-Wales based player in the squad but is seen as a key figure now first-choice scrum-half Mike Phillips, the British and Irish Lions' No 9 in South Africa this year, has been ruled out of all four internationals with an ankle injury.

Wales squad:


Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Gareth Cooper (Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Leigh Halfpenny (Blues), James Hook (Ospreys), Tom James (Blues), Mark Jones (Scarlets), Stephen Jones (Scarlets), Dwayne Peel (Sale/ENG), Jamie Roberts (Blues), Martin Roberts (Scarlets), Tom Shanklin (Blues), Shane Williams (Ospreys)


Huw Bennett (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Dragons), Bradley Davies (Blues), Paul James (Ospreys), Gethin Jenkins (Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Dafydd Jones (Scarlets), Duncan Jones (Ospreys), Ryan Jones (Ospreys, capt), Dan Lydiate (Dragons), Craig Mitchell (Ospreys), Andy Powell (Blues), Matthew Rees (Scarlets), Jonathan Thomas (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Blues), Martyn Williams (Blues)

Fixtures (all matches at Millennium Stadium):

Nov 07: Wales v New Zealand (1715GMT)

Nov 13: Wales v Samoa (1930GMT)

Nov 21: Wales v Argentina (1430GMT)

Nov 28: Wales v Australia (1715GMT)

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