Every team needs a Liam Williams, says Scarlets coach Easterby
SCARLETS head coach Simon Easterby believes 'every team needs a Liam Williams' following the winger's outstanding display in the defeat to the Dragons on Friday night.
The Wales cap was a constant threat with his strong, aggressive running; he was also safe under the high ball and tenacious in defence.
"I thought Liam had a fantastic game," said Easterby in the wake of the 23-16 defeat.
"His work-rate and all-round attitude was first class. Every team wants a player like that in their side."
Williams, who prefers full-back, has switched to wing for the opening three Pro12 matches as the Scarlets continue to look for the right back-three blend following the departures of wings George North and Andy Fenby in the close season.
New Zealander Frazier Climo is expected to arrive next month and can play full-back, wing and fly-half, while Jordan Williams, Gareth Owen and Steve Shingler are other options. Shingler was withdrawn before the visit to Newport because of an Achilles problem and remains a doubt for this Friday's clash with Edinburgh in Murrayfield, while Owen picked up a bump to his knee.
Easterby, though, was encouraged by the display of Jordan Williams, who produced some nice touches in attack, playing out of position on the left wing.
"I thought Jordan was a threat against the Dragons," added the former Ireland international. "He is playing in a different position and there are areas he needs to work on, but I also thought his kicking game was particularly good."
Meanwhile, Scarlets bosses will sit down with their regional colleagues and Welsh Rugby Union chiefs for a meeting of the Professional Rugby Game Board (PRGB) tomorrow with the future of the Heineken Cup at the top of the agenda.
Uncertainty continues to surround the competition with French rugby's governing body (French Rugby Federation) firing the latest shot in the row.
The FFR say they will not back any breakaway tournament involving its clubs.
The French launch of this season's Heineken Cup took place in Paris yesterday. The English and Welsh launch will take place at the Millennium Stadium on Monday.