Lyons signs 2 year deal with Tahs and ARU


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Number eight David Lyons is in line to become NSW’s most capped player after this week agreeing to a new two year deal with the HSBC Waratahs and ARU.

The re-signing of the 41-Test Wallaby is a boost ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Reds at Aussie Stadium, which marks the 125th anniversary of clashes between NSW and Queensland.

26 year-old Lyons moved into outright third on the all-time list of Waratahs on Sunday against the Brumbies, his 95th match in seeing him pass former teammate Nathan Grey.

He now only trails Chris Whitaker (118 matches) and Matthew Burke (115) and could go past both with an unbroken run of matches over the next two seasons.

‘David’s a fairly humble bloke and he’s probably a bit embarrassed by talk of breaking records,’ HSBC Waratahs head coach Ewen McKenzie said.

‘But the fact remains that he’s been a loyal servant for a number of years with a track record of playing on through all kinds of discomfort.

‘He played 80-odd straight matches for the Waratahs up until this season which is proof of his toughness.

‘He’s a real chance of becoming the most capped Waratah and I think he’d be worthy of the honour.’

Lyons played 83 straight Super Rugby matches, stretching from his debut against the Stormers in week one of the 2000 season through to last year’s Super 14 semifinal against the Hurricanes.

He has since made a successful comeback from a post-operative stress fracture in his knee, which saw him miss the first three rounds of the 2007 season.

‘Missing the start of the season gave me a taste of life without the Waratahs and I didn’t enjoy it,’ Lyons said.

‘It’s a real family here and after eight seasons I feel like part of the furniture.

‘I’m enjoying my Rugby and didn’t see any reason for that not to continue.’

Lyons played down talk of him surpassing Whitaker and Burke to become the Waratahs most capped played.

‘To be compared to the likes of Whits and Burkey is an honour in itself,’ Lyons said.

‘I’m not about milestones but should it come about I’ll do everything to be the leader that such a position requires.’

Qantas Wallaby head coach John Connolly welcomed the news of Lyons‘ re-signing.

‘David is one of the quality back rowers in the country,’ he said.

‘At his age he still has a tremendous amount to offer Australian Rugby.’

David Lyons

Position: No. 8

Physical: 1.92m; 117kg

Born: 15.06.80, Orange

Club: Sydney University

State Caps: 95

State Points: 35 [7t]

State Debut: 2000 v Stormers, Cape Town

Super 14 Caps: 89

Super 14 Points: 35 [7t]

Super 14 Debut: 2000 v Stormers, Cape Town

Test Caps: 40

Test Points: 20 [4t]

Test Debut: 2000 v Argentina, Brisbane

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