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Lowdown on Wales' back-row record breakers

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.



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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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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