Dan Lydiate suffered a serious neck injury as a teenager
British & Irish Lion Dan Lydiate has wished Wales team-mate Owen Williams a speedy recovery after the Cardiff Blues centre was flown back home from Singapore with a significant injury to his vertebrae and spinal cord.
The 22-year-old was injured while playing for the region at the World Club 10s in Singapore but has since returned to the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff.
Lydiate, who made three appearances for the Lions against Australia last summer, suffered a serious neck injury as a teenager.
And the flanker admits Williams' setback puts rugby into perspective.
"I am gutted for Owen. I don't know too much about what happened but all our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family," he told Wales Online.
"All the rugby community around the world are rallying around Owen.
"I have been texting Jonny Sexton since the match whose first thought was how Owen was doing.
"It's never nice to hear when something like this happens. He's such a nice guy.
"Hopefully he has a speedy recovery and it's good news but we will have to wait and see.
"It puts things in perspective. We were gutted about losing a rugby game against South Africa but when you hear the news on the way home about Owen, you realise it's just a game and there are more important things."