By Dan Lydiate
Whilst Wales beat France to clinch the 2012 Six countries Championship Grand Slam - one participant stood out from the remainder of the field.
A strong presence at the pitch, Dan Lydiate, the 6ft 4in fearless farmer's son from Llandrindod Wells really deserved the identify participant of the Tournament.
In Grand Slam guy, the heroic Welsh flanker displays on his comeback from a damaged neck in 2008 to develop into the hero of Wales's 2012 Grand Slam luck. He additionally unearths his techniques at the Australia travel, his love of tackling, his lifestyles at the farm and his British Lions dream.
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Soccer is particularly a lot the game on his part of the kin. My cousin, Jason Lydiate, performed for Manchester United reserves within the comparable group as Ryan Giggs and went directly to play for Blackpool, in addition to different golf equipment. yet i used to be by no means going to be a footballer. you would recognize why in the event you observed me kick a ball! My dad in simple terms acquired into rugby simply because my brother and that i began taking part in, yet he is a fan now. Being English-born, he evidently desires England to do good. once we play England, he sings either the anthems. yet he helps me on the finish of the day and that i imagine he might fairly see Wales win the Six international locations than England. My mom and dad were nice, correct at the back of me considering i began taking part in. they've got additionally introduced me as much as be the individual i'm. they've got taught me to worth issues, resembling that reliable manners expense not anything, yet they suggest the realm. it is a massive factor in our relatives, regularly being well mannered to humans, treating them as you want to be handled your self. i feel my upbringing has additionally helped me with my rugby. there is a lot of guide labour at the farm. it truly is extra mechanical now, but if my mom and dad took over it was once all approximately lugging hay bales round and such things as that. within the wintry weather, you're regularly loading up quad motorcycles with those bales and feeding the sheep. you furthermore may spend loads of time attempting to capture sheep and they'll struggle with you as demanding as they could. All farmers can take on simply because they're used to chasing sheep. except you might have a very good puppy, you're by yourself chasing them down. that is most likely the place my tackling skill comes from! Being again at the farm is a true shelter for me. that is why I take pleasure in going again quite a bit. gamers do have off video games and also you do beat your self up approximately them, yet going again there you could placed it from your brain. i will say to my mom and dad that i do not are looking to speak about it, and we will simply have a cup of tea and speak about way of life in its place. So, while i am getting a number of days off i'm going again there and locate it is a great spot to transparent my head. i will be able to come again in contact with truth and that i constantly believe higher for going there. i actually get pleasure from that a part of my existence and that i imagine it is whatever i'm going to continuously return to. i want to have an extended occupation in rugby, yet you by no means recognize nowadays. i will attempt to utilize it in the intervening time, yet i'm going to continually are looking to circulate again to the farm simply because i actually loved my upbringing there. will probably be great to might be have a kin of my very own there. taking part in rugby isn't a role for all times. i am only a farming lad from midWales and that is what i will be doing full-time while the rugby ends. bankruptcy 11 DREAMING OF LIONS one in all my first rugby stories is of gazing the British & Irish Lions travel of Australia in 2001. I wasn't taking part in a lot rugby on the time. i used to be 13 and simply simply stepping into it. but if anything like that's at the television tube, after all you watch it. I take into accout Scott Quinnell scoring a test within the first try out in Brisbane and him simply nodding and smiling after he touched down. yet what i actually take into account is the britain flanker Richard Hill enjoying for that Lions workforce and considering to myself, ‘He's someplace i need to be.