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Lydiate ready to face familiar foe this weekend
25 February 2015 12:47pm
Lydiate was a key member of the 2013 Lions touring party
Dan Lydiate is looking forward to clashing with some familiar faces when Wales take on France in Paris this weekend.
He will face off with a few former teammates on Saturday, after Philippe Saint-Andre named three Racing Metro players in his starting line-up.
But Lydiate, who featured in all three Tests during the British & Irish Lions' victorious tour to Australia in 2013, insists that will not distract him from the task at hand.
"You always want to make a statement, you want to give a good representation of yourself so this game will be no different," he told Wales Online.
"It may be slightly different this time because I'm playing against boys that I used to play alongside. That's quite cool as well, but you want to prove yourself in every game.
"Hopefully after the game I'll meet up with the boys and have a really good catch-up. That's what rugby is all about. Playing hard on the field and meeting up afterwards."
And, on a personal level, Lydiate is hoping to build on his display against Scotland, where Wales recorded a 26-23 victory last time out.
"I was pleased with my performance against Scotland, I made my tackles and got my hands on the ball a bit more," he added.
"That wasn't just carrying but some passing as well, so there was some variation there.
"But as long as I put myself in positions to make those tackles and try and influence the game the best as I can, which is tackling, then I'm doing my job."
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