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Ospreys sign Peers for two years

Second row Lloyd Peers has signed a two year deal with the Ospreys.

The 21-year-old made his regional debut away to Exeter in last season's cup. He's captained both the Ospreys and Wales at age-grade level as well as the Ravens in the Principality Premiership.

Injuries in the pack in recent weeks have seen Peers becoming a regular feature in the match day squad for the Ospreys and he has featured in each of the last eight games for the region, including his first taste of Heineken Cup action in the back-to-back games against Toulouse.

He has also been named in the starting XV to play against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade today.

Peers said:"I'm really excited about signing this contract. The Ospreys are my home region and I've come through the age grade system here so this is the next big step for me.

" In my position, where there are quality international players ahead of me, I'm definitely learning from the best, people who have been there and done it for the Ospreys and for Wales. It's a great place for me to learn my trade in the second row. "


Lydiate having surgery

Lydiate has become an integral part of the Wales side over recent years Credit: David Davies / PA Archive

Dragons and Wales flanker Dan Lydiate will have surgery today, after breaking his left ankle while playing for the region on Friday night. The 24-year-old had to be helped from the pitch at Rodney Parade just three minutes into the game against Edinburgh.

He is certain to miss his country's autumn internationals. Wales play Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia on successive weekends in November and early December.

Messages of support for injured Lydiate

Wales teammates George North and Jamie Roberts have been among those using Twitter to send messages of support to Dan Lydiate, who looks set to miss his country's autumn internationals after breaking his ankle while playing for the Dragons.

Roberts also sent his best wishes to Blues teammate Jason Tovey, who went off injured during his first start for the region last night.

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