Williams has double target in his sights
SCARLETS scrum-half Rhodri Williams is hoping his eye-catching displays for Premiership pace-setters Llandovery can earn him a regional and Wales Under-20s call this season.
Williams has been named the Principality Premiership player of the month for September after a string of outstanding displays for the Drovers, who are currently riding high at the top of the league table.
The 19-year-old, the son of former Swansea No. 9 Alan, has already helped himself to six tries, including some spectacular individual efforts at Church Bank.
But he has yet to feature for the Scarlets this season with Tavis Knoyle and Gareth Davies jockeying for the half-back slot.
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Williams made 19 appearances for the region last term — including four in Europe — but hasn't been named in Simon Easterby's Heineken Cup squad for the start of the 2012-13 tournament with Knoyle, Gareth and Aled Davies the three No. 9s included.
And that means Williams will look to keep the Llandovery bandwagon rolling onwards as league action gives way to the British and Irish Cup this weekend and a visit to the Towy Valley by English Championship side Nottingham.
"I worked hard on my physicality and fitness over the summer and I think that's paying off," said the Betws product.
"My aim now is to carry on doing well for Llandovery and hopefully I will get an opportunity to show what I can do at regional level.
"I'm also hoping to get into the Wales Under-20s squad for the Six Nations.
"It's always great to represent your country and playing for Wales Under-20s would be a new challenge.
"At Llandovery we have been given a licence to attack from anywhere which suits me and it's producing tries all round. I'm enjoying my rugby here at the moment," he added.
"There's a good bunch of boys and we are doing well.
"However, it's not going to be easy to stay top of the table, everyone wants to knock you off but we will work hard to try to maintain our position."
Hailing Williams's performances, Llandovery head coach Lyndon Lewis said: "Rhodri has been one of the outstanding performers of this season so far.
"His attributes include great speed of thought, fantastic attitude, electric pace, excellent decision making and a superb service. He's played exceptionally well and has responded brilliantly to the style of rugby we want to play.
"While it is early days, Rhodri has made a fantastic start to the season and we look forward to seeing him continue to apply the pressure to power Llandovery forward as the season unfolds."
On the Drovers' impressive opening salvo, Lewis — the former Aberavon full-back — added: "Last season we set a target of finishing in the top half of the league and we finished fourth so the players have raised the bar this year and are aiming to win the Premiership.
"It will be a difficult task but we have a lot of belief in ourselves.
"We are reaping the benefits of investing in youth over the past few years but things will get tougher if the bad weather sets in."