Lydiate recognised as 6 Nations' best

Dan Lydiate with the Player of the Championship trophy
Lydiate put in a heroic man-of-the-match display in the Grand Slam decider against France Photo: RBS 6 Nations

Wales Flanker Dan Lydiate has been named RBS Player of the Championship for this season’s 6 Nations.

Lydiate, who played a pivotal role in Wales Grand Slam Triumph, headed a shortlist packed with fellow teammates including Mike Phillips, Sam Warburton and Alex Cuthbert.

The 23-year-old was acknowledged for a string of game-winning performances, against Scotland and France in particular, although his efforts all tournament received rave reviews.

I am really surprised to be honest. I am genuinely chuffed to bits.

– Dan Lydiate, Wales and Dragons flanker

He succeeds Andrea Masi in claiming the RBS Player of the Championship award.

It tops off an amazing competition for me and for Wales. To be part of such a talented Wales team and win the Grand Slam in Cardiff on Saturday was incredible in itself but to then be voted Player of the Championship is absolutely unbelievable. It is a massive honour to win, especially given the quality of the other players up for the award. Thanks to everyone who voted for me, it means a lot.

– Dan Lydiate, Wales and Dragons flanker

Lydiate secured over 25% of the public vote, whilst Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton came in second with 12%. Italian captain Sergio Parisse was third, with 11.6%.