British and Irish Lions flanker Dan Lydiate braced for intense tour
Last Updated: May 22, 2013 10:03am
British and Irish Lions flanker Dan Lydiate speaks to the press
Wales flanker Dan Lydiate insists the British and Irish Lions need to get the balance right in Australia.
Lydiate and the Lions squad - minus those players still required by their clubs - have been training hard since meeting up for the first time on May 13.
However with an intense 10-match, six-week tour ahead, Lydiate believes it is vital that the players are able to enjoy the tour Down Under at the same time.
"It is going to be a tough tour and intense so we will work hard but we have got to make sure we enjoy ourselves as well as we are out there for six weeks so it can't be all work, work, work all the time," he told Sky Sports.
"The boys have come together well and are gelling. There's banter but we are training hard on the paddock, so it's so far so good."
Dan Lydiate says the British and Irish Lions squad are building a strong bond ahead of their opening match against Barbarians.
Lydiate, who is set to move to Racing Metro after the tour, made a late return to form and fitness to make the squad after injuries threatened to prevent him taking part.
And the 25-year-old is just delighted to be part of the 37-man squad that will head Down Under.
"I count my blessings every day to be honest," he said.
"It is an awesome environment to be in and all the boys are real tidy. Training is going really well. It is the next step up so it has been intense but I am really enjoying it."
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