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Wales flanker Lydiate to join exodus from Welsh club rugby

Associated Press

12/5/2012 10:56:10 AM

NEWPORT -- Dan Lydiate is set to join the exodus of top talent leaving Welsh club rugby after Newport-Gwent Dragons confirmed the blindside flanker's departure at the end of the season.

The Dragons say Lydiate, who was named the best player of the 2012 Six Nations, has signed a contract with an "undisclosed European team."

British media are reporting he will move to the lucrative French Top 14 league, joining fellow Wales internationals Mike Phillips, James Hook, Gethin Jenkins and Luke Charteris. Jamie Roberts is also expected to play in France when he leaves Cardiff in the off-season.

Dragons' director of rugby Rob Beale said Wednesday that "we simply cannot compete with the offers which have been put on the table."

Lydiate missed Wales' internationals in November and December because of injury.