Lloyd Williams is looking to improve for Cardiff Blues
He didn’t get a look-in Down Under last June, but Lloyd Williams is determined to return to the forefront of the race for the Wales No. 9 jersey.
Williams, son of former international Brynmor, travelled 12,000 miles earlier this summer to play 20 minutes on the wing as a replacement in the midweek clash with Super 15 outfit Brumbies in Canberra.
The 22-year-old, having been deputy to Mike Phillips during the 2012 Six Nations, appears to have been leapfrogged by Ospreys rookie Rhys Webb in the Test pecking order, but with Webb having been left out of the Ospreys team for tonight’s huge west Wales derby with the Scarlets in Llanelli following a disappointing display during the RaboDirect Pro12 holders home defeat to Glasgow a week ago, there’s all to play for.
Rob Howley, who sidelined Williams in Australia, will be in charge of Wales for the opening two matches in November, against Argentina and Samoa, with head honcho Warren Gatland taking over the reins for the clashes with world champions New Zealand and Australia.
And Williams wants to send him a message with some strong performances for his region, starting against Treviso at the Arms Park tomorrow night.
“It’s a must-win game for us,” declared Williams.
“We haven’t won at the Arms Park this season and we’re all on edge for Saturday. We really want to get a result."
“We have set our targets high this year and I think we have got a good squad."
“The boys are buying into what Phil Davies (director of rugby) is trying to do."
“Phil is great. This season there’s a lot more organisation and a lot of things have been put into place which are really good for the club."
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