Lydiate retains starting spot for second South Africa test

The flanker is set to win his 67th cap on Saturday

By Luke Williams   |   Reporter   |
Thursday 7th July 2022 2:48 pm
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Dan Lydiate will start for Wales for this weekend’s second test against South Africa.

Ospreys flanker Lydiate, from Abbeycwmir, will start in his favoured blindside flanker role on Saturday in a back row containing number 8 Taulupe Faletau and openside flanker Tommy Reffell.

There is one change to the starting line-up that was narrowly defeated in Pretoria last weekend, with Alex Cuthbert coming in on the wing for his 52nd cap.

George North, starting again at centre alongside Nick Tompkins, will equal Stephen Jones’ record as the most-capped Welsh men’s international back of all time with 104 when he takes to the field on Saturday.

Lydiate will win his 67th cap on Saturday.

Sam Wainwright could be in line to make his senior international debut from the bench. Wyn Jones and Josh Adams are the other changes among Wales’ replacements for the second of three Tests against the Springboks.

Head coach Wayne Pivac said: “Alex Cuthbert has been training really well. He’s six foot four, good in the air and runs all day. I think there will be plenty of aerial battles.

“Sam Wainwright has been very excited to join us. From day one he’s been training really well. I know he’s over the moon at his selection in the match day 23 and his family are over here so he’s looking forward to a big day.

“It was a great atmosphere last week and we’re expecting more of the same from the crowd in Bloemfontein this Saturday.”

On the South African side head coach Jacques Nienaber named earlier this week, Pivac added: “It hasn’t changed our preparation at all. It’s going to be 15 rugby players in green shirts. We’re expecting more of the same. They are a very experienced team no matter what combinations they put out. This side is one to be respected and not taken lightly.”

Wales senior men’s team will take on South Africa in the second test on Saturday, July 9, KO 4.05pm BST. Watch the action live on Sky Sports and catch highlights on S4C.


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