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Lydiate joins Ospreys on Dual Contract

Dan Lydiate recently left Racing Metro after his contract was terminated. Credit: WRU

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate has become the second international player to sign a joint contract with the Welsh Ruby union and a regional side after the WRU confirmed he has joined the Ospreys.

Lydiate turned down an offer to rejoin the Dragons on a similar deal following his departure for French side Racing Metro earlier this season.

It is understood the reason for the 26 year old's move west is predominantly based on family reasons.

I am delighted to have secured a National Dual Contract and I am looking forward to doing my best for The Ospreys while I aim to win selection for Wales. Having a National Dual Contract gives me the certainty I need for my future and I will now be able to concentrate one hundred per cent on my rugby.

I enjoyed my time with Racing Metro but this is the right move for me as I want to achieve my full potential as a player based here in Wales.

– Dan Lydiate

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Welsh clubs' FA Cup Third-Round Draws

  • Stoke v Wrexham
  • Oxford or Tranmere Rovers v Swansea
  • Cardiff v Colchester

Wrexham face a tough game against Premier League side Stoke in the third round of the FA Cup. The matches will take place over the first weekend of January, and sees the Premier League and Championship sides join the competition.

The draw was held at 'The Deep' aquarium in Hull

Swansea City to appeal Fabianski red card

Fabianski was shown a red card for impeding West Ham's Diafr Sakho in the 68th minute. Credit: PA

Swansea City has confirmed it will appeal the red card issued to goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski Sunday's match against West Ham.

The Polish international was shown a straight red card by the referee for impeding Diafra Sakho and denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Fabianski currently faces a one-match ban. The FA will make a decision on the appeal ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Spurs at the Liberty Stadium.

West Ham United 3 - 1 Swansea City

West Ham's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring his team's equaliser in the 3-1 win over Swansea Credit: PA photo

Andy Carroll won the battle of the strikers at the Boleyn Ground, as West Ham wrapped up all three points against 10 man Swansea City.

All the talk in the build up had been about the battle between the opposing forwards, with Hammers' manager Sam Allardyce admitting he'd opted to sign Carroll over Swans' hitman Wilfried Bony in the transfer market. But it was Bony who put the visitors ahead after 19 minutes after Jefferson Montero's pull back.

But, as the game approached half time, West Ham made the most of their aerial threat, Carroll rising highest to head home from Carl Jenkinson's diagonal.

The Hammers' second also came from a Carroll header, although it took Swansea's Leon Britton - a player somewhat shorter in stature - to divert the ball into the net rather than the intended target of over the bar.

Swansea's hopes were effectively extinguished moments later, when goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was adjudged to have brought down Diafra Sakho as he bore down on goal.

The resulting red card was compounded on 81 minutes, when Sakho profited from a Carroll flick on to bury the ball in the top corner and put the result beyond doubt.

Full time (90 + 6): West Ham 3 - 1 Swansea (HT 1-1)

West Ham - Carroll 41', 66', Sakho 81'

Swansea - Bony 19'

Swansea City face fellow high-flyers West Ham

Swansea City travel to West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday lunchtime, with both sides flying high after strong starts to the season.

West Ham are fifth, while Swansea are just two points back in eighth, and could leapfrog their hosts with a win at Upton Park.

The game has been billed as a battle of the two big centre forwards, after West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admitted to having turned down the chance to sign Wilfried Bony in favour of Andy Carroll.

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony has scored 18 Premier League goals in 2014. Credit: PA

A 2-0 defeat in east London in February proved to be Michael Laudrup's last game as Swansea manager, with Garry Monk stepping into the hotseat.

Monk is promising his side will play with no fear this afternoon, despite only picking up one away win so far this season.

Swansea defender Federico Fernandez is still absent with a calf injury, while full back Neil Taylor is suspended.

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