Wales star Lydiate to leave Top14 for Wales

French Top 14 Rugby club Racing Metro have announced that Wales flanker Dan Lydiate will end his term with the Parisian club and return home to Wales before the end of the year.

Twenty-six-year-old Lydiate who has won 37 caps for Wales was part of the British and Irish Lions who beat Australia last year and has been a frequent starter for Wales but has only started Top 14 matches in France this season.

Lydiate feels that as he is getting so little game time in France his preparations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup would be better if he was playing in Wales.

“At the request of the player, and after reaching a mutual agreement with the club, Dan Lydiate will leave Racing Metro 92 and return to Wales following the November Tests,” said the club in a statement.

Lydiate joined Racing from Newport Gwent Dragons at the start of last season and although the club have said he is returning home they have not said where he is heading.

“We wish Dan an excellent end to the season with his new club, and all the best for his international future with Wales, whether for the November Tests, the Six Nations, or the 2015 Rugby World Cup,” said Racing chairman Jacky Lorenzetti.

Lydiate is currently training under Wales coach Warren Gatland with the rest of the squad and thanked Racing for their help in the matter.

“I would like to thank Racing Metro 92 for their welcome, and the 17 months I spent at the club, ” said Lydiate.

“I would also like to thank the club officials for their understanding, and especially the way they agreed to release me from my contract.”

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