Williams out to grab Wales opportunity
LIAM Williams knows he may have to play the waiting game for his next Wales cap.
But if the chance does come during the forthcoming autumn series, you can bet the Scarlets' all-action full-back will clutch hold of it with two of the safest hands around.
The 21-year-old has excelled in the No. 15 jersey at Parc y Scarlets this season, notably with his ability to defuse the aerial bombardment that has been directed his way.
"I am not scared to go up in the air and yes you do get clattered, like you saw against Leinster last weekend, but it is something we work hard on as a back three here," he said. "I guess it is great for the forwards to know that if a bomb goes up then it is going to be taken."
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Capped against the Barbarians at the end of last season, Williams has continued his emergence as one of the bright young talents of Welsh rugby in the opening couple of months of this campaign.
Leigh Halfpenny appears a shoo-in as Wales's full-back for the autumn Test series, particularly as he is also Wales's first-choice goal-kicking option.
But Williams, one of 12 Scarlets named in Rob Howley's autumn squad, is determined to push the Blues star all the way.
"Leigh Halfpenny is a class act, but I just have to go out there, train hard and if my chance comes hopefully I can take it," said the Waunarlwydd product.
"All it takes is one injury and I could be starting or on the bench. Things like that always happen, I have just got to keep on working hard and it will be great if I can get a chance to put myself up against the likes of New Zealand and Australia, the best in the world."
His first thoughts, though, will be helping the Scarlets to a much-needed win north of the border in Edinburgh this evening.
"I don't think they scored a point in either of their Heineken Cup games, but I am sure they will be coming out with all guns blazing against us," he added.
"It is great to be picked in the Wales squad, but there is a job to do with the Scarlets first. We have gone up to Edinburgh in the past and have not played our best. We need to keep kicking on in the league, especially with Zebre to come at home next week."