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Lowdown on Wales' back-row record breakers

Published 16/10/2015

Dan Lydiate is poised to form part of a record-breaking Wales back row on Saturday
Dan Lydiate is poised to form part of a record-breaking Wales back row on Saturday

A new World Cup record will be set when Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton and Taulupe Faletau form Wales' back row against South Africa, starting together in the tournament for a seventh time to overtake the mark of six held by England's famed combination of Richard Hill, Neil Back and Lawrence Dallaglio.

Here Press Association Sport examines the rival trios.

LYDIATE/WARBURTON/FALETAU

Lydiate:

Wales caps: 50

Lions caps: 3

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 17st 7lbs

Famed for his chop tackling, Lydiate is a favourite of Warren Gatland and works well in tandem with Warburton.

Warburton:

Wales caps: 59

Lions caps: 2

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 16st 3lbs

The 2013 Lions captain is a genuine openside, quick to the breakdown and a strong presence over the ball.

Faletau:

Wales caps: 51

Lions caps: 1

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 17st 3lbs

Provides the muscle in a well-balanced Wales back row. Strong carrier and physical in the tackle.

HILL/BACK/DALLAGLIO

Hill:

England caps: 71

Lions caps: 5

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 16st

So good he could play anywhere across the back row. What England would give for him now.

Back:

England caps: 66

Lions caps: 5

Height: 5'10"

Weight: 14st 6lbs

A lack of height was held against Back, but he silenced his critics with his speed to the breakdown and link-up play.

Dallaglio:

England caps: 85

Lions caps: 3

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 17st 6lbs

Another capable of operating across the back row, but happiest at eight where he could carry and influence play.

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