By Dan Lydiate
While Wales beat France to clinch the 2012 Six international locations 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 actually deserved the name participant of the Tournament.
In Grand Slam guy, the heroic Welsh flanker displays on his comeback from a damaged neck in 2008 to turn into the hero of Wales's 2012 Grand Slam luck. He additionally unearths his techniques at the Australia journey, his love of tackling, his existence at the farm and his British Lions dream.
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I began off donning my scrum cap, yet I quickly needed to chuck it since it was once so sizzling i began to think stifled. because it grew to become out, it was once a kind of video games the place every little thing simply went correct for me and that i ended up getting guy of the fit. every thing looked as if it would fall into position. whilst I went to make a take on, whether my timing used to be out a piece I nonetheless ended up clipping them and they might fall over. It was once a very tight online game, with simply the single try out, Alex Cuthbert scoring one other nice landing within the first part, and placing us in entrance. i used to be totally exhausted getting into at halftime. i would taken a few hits to the pinnacle and that i could not relatively see accurately. i might cut up my nostril and my eye. So i will not let you know what Warren and Shaun Edwards have been asserting at halftime simply because i used to be getting stitched up at the mattress. I keep in mind they injected my nostril to sew it, but if it got here to my eye they requested in the event that they may possibly do just it. I acknowledged cross on then. So i used to be getting my eye stitched up at the mattress with no anaesthetic. I bought away from bed and attempted to return to my position and used to be a section lightheaded. i used to be in a little bit a nation, relatively, yet knew I needed to dig deep. that is what it is all approximately. My former captain on the Dragons, Luke Charteris, used to sum it up fairly good in his team-talk. He acknowledged, ‘It's 80 mins of soreness you have to placed your self via. ' I bear in mind pondering: ‘This is 40 mins of ache i have to dig in for. ' So that is what I did. all of the boys dug deep. We have been simply not likely to permit that lead slip and, minute via minute, the Slam obtained nearer and nearer. eventually the clock reached 80 mins. Rhys Priestland kicked the ball out, the whistle went and that i was once on my knees. all of the boys have been leaping round and going mad. I keep in mind our health coach, Dan Baugh, got here working on and gave me a hug. i have to admit I did get beautiful emotional for a second. To win a Grand Slam used to be an important feeling. It was once the 3rd one Wales had gained in 8 years, yet sooner than they'd long past twentyseven years with out successful one. I take into account Scott Quinnell asserting he used to be jealous simply because he by no means had an opportunity to win a Slam. For me to have performed whatever that the sort of legend in a online game hasn't performed relatively places it in standpoint. it truly is whatever to truly treasure. simply because i used to be guy of the fit, i used to be interviewed live to tell the tale tv instantly after the sport. whilst i used to be interviewed i used to be simply taking a look all around, in every single place yet on the interviewer. i used to be attempting to take all of it in. attempting to enjoy these moments. i used to be so happy. It was once a very good feeling. loads of my buddies from again domestic have been observing the sport in a bar in Cardiff urban centre. i used to be at the substantial reveal within the pub, being interviewed, they usually have been attempting to ring my mobilephone and textual content me, that is fairly humorous, in retrospect. i have checked out many of the photographs of me strolling around the stadium after the sport and i am simply staring up on the stands and round. you are trying to take it in as top you could. It used to be an amazing event and that i used to be simply tired by way of the top of it. however the blood sweat and tears we would placed into it virtually made it that rather more unique.