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Lydiate enjoying intense World Cup build-up
12 July 2015 11:35am
Lydiate was part of a strong Welsh crop in Australia two years ago
British & Irish Lions flanker Dan Lydiate admits Welsh preparations for the World Cup are a step up from four years ago.
Among those 47 is a large group of players who joined Gatland on that 2013 tour, including Lydiate, Alun Wyn Jones, George North, Leigh Halfpenny and captain Sam Warburton.
And Lydiate believes this year's preparations are more intense than those prior to the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand, when Wales were narrowly beaten by France at the semi-final stage.
"We went to Poland four years ago and it's definitely been a step up coming here," he told the BBC. "But I think the squad is in a lot better place fitness-wise going into this campaign.
"So with that being said, they're pushing us a lot harder, but the boys will definitely be seeing the benefit.
"I thought it would be the same as last time, [but] that's the way rugby's going at the minute.
"Each year, each campaign, every time we're in international time, there's a little step up each time. The next place we travel to will be stepped up again."
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