Wales v Georgia: Captain Dan Lydiate expects big commitment from team
|Autumn internationals: Wales v Georgia|
|Date: Saturday, 18 November Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Kick-off: 14:30 GMT|
|Coverage: Live on BBC One Wales & S4C, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.|
Dan Lydiate expects his inexperienced team to match his commitment when he captains Wales against Georgia.
The Ospreys flanker will be in charge in a Test for the third time on his return after recovering from a knee injury in Wales' 27-13 win against South Africa in November, 2016.
Lydiate, 29, is one of 14 changes made by coach Warren Gatland.
"I say I'd chuck myself in front of a bus so as long as they're willing to do that, we'll get on great," he said.
"I only say what I believe and whatever's going through my head at that moment. If I feel like I need to have a quiet word with someone I will.
"I'll just take it as it comes really, but I wouldn't expect anyone to do anything that I wouldn't do myself."
Lydiate has actually captained Welsh sides three times, the first a non-capped match against Eastern Province Kings in June 2014.
He subsequently led Wales against Italy in the Six Nations and a rare summer Test against England in 2016.
Lydiate's 60 caps is more than the rest of the Welsh pack selected to face Georgia combined - the other seven have only 32 Test appearances between them.
But Lydiate believes enthusiasm can make up for a lack of international experience and compared it to his emergence in 2009.
"I'm one of the older players in the squad and you see all the youngsters coming through and I remember how that was," he said.
"So there will be a lot of nerves there come Saturday, but it's a case of channelling it in the right way in the game but I'm sure the boys will relish the chance.
"The last time Wales had a crop like this was when my age group was coming through.
"I'm excited to be captain of such a young bunch and I know their enthusiasm and energy will be there at the weekend."
Asked if he felt Georgia's feared pack would target his young pack, Lydiate replied: "Yeah, definitely.
"They'll be rubbing their hands together, but so will our boys and there's no better baptism of fire to hold you in good stead in the future than fronting up to a big team like Georgia."