**Preparations are in full swing ahead of another busy weekend of rugby, with Round 8 of the Guinness PRO14 beginning tomorrow night when Ospreys visit Connacht.**\n\nDan Lydiate will be a key man for Toby Booth’s men in Galway and he told the club website this week that he hasn’t given up on adding to his 64 Wales caps.\n\nThe 32-year-old has been overlooked by Wayne Pivac in the Autumn Nations Cup, with opportunities handed to youngsters such as Cardiff Blues duo James Botham and Shane Lewis-Hughes, and Lydiate praised the depth available in his position.\n\n“If they want me, they know where to find me,” [he said](https://www.ospreysrugby.com/news/qa-dan-lydiate).\n\n“I missed the first couple of games with the kind of end of season and derby clashes.\n\n“I was on the back foot for selection then, but the amount of depth there is in the backrow in Wales is really good to see. It’s challenging, not just at the Ospreys, but at the other regions.\n\n“It’s good for Welsh rugby, and if I am good enough, they will pick me. If it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be. But like I have said before, it won’t be through lack of trying.”\n\nBotham, who has shone in a Cardiff jersey this season, will start at openside flanker for Wales against England on Saturday having been named in Pivac’s starting XV yesterday and declared it a “dream come true”.\n\n“This is probably the one thing I have worked for my whole life: to get the red jersey on and play against England,” he said, before reflecting on the narrative surrounding playing against the country his grandad, cricketer Sir Ian, represented with such passion.\n\n“It is one of those things and you get on with it and create your own legacy,” he said. [“I am sure my grandad will be backing me 100% even though I will not have the white jersey he supports on.”](https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/nov/26/james-botham-retains-wales-place-autumn-nations-cup-england-rugby-union) \n\nElsewhere in Wales, Dragons are itching to return to action this weekend after nearly a month on the sidelines.