Wales: Warren Gatland boosted by the return of Liam Williams ahead of Six Nations

Liam Williams returns from injury for Cardiff this weekend in the United Rugby Championship, providing Wales head coach Warren Gatland with a timely boost ahead of the Six Nations. Credit: Alamy
Liam Williams returns from injury for Cardiff this weekend in the United Rugby Championship, providing Wales head coach Warren Gatland with a timely boost ahead of the Six Nations. Credit: Alamy

Liam Williams returns from injury for Cardiff this weekend in the United Rugby Championship, providing Wales head coach Warren Gatland with a timely boost ahead of the Six Nations.

Williams starts at full-back for Cardiff when they take on Ospreys on Sunday, January 1.

Williams injury setback

The 31-year-old suffered a shoulder injury on his Cardiff debut back in September, which saw him missing the entire Autumn Nations Series campaign.

It was a major setback at the time for the Wayne Pivac-coached side as Williams had started all but one of Wales’ Test matches in 2022 before the Autumn, the loss to Italy being the only game he missed.

Having fully recovered from the injury, he now makes just his second appearance for the Blue and Blacks and is joined in the back three by fellow Wales internationals Josh Adams and Owen Lane.

Cardiff rugby director Dai Young said: “It’s great to welcome Liam Williams back, who, along with our other senior players, brings so much experience, drive and energy.”

Full-back options

If Williams maintains his fitness and regains his form, he is in contention for a back three role along with Scarlets’ full-back Leigh Halfpenny, who was recalled to the Test set up by Pivac in November.

Halfpenny returned to action against the Cheetahs in the Challenge Cup in mid-December after his injury that ruled him out the Test match against Australia.

Louis Rees-Zammit, Adams and Gareth Anscombe all played at full-back for Pivac in Williams’ absence in November.

Gatland handed Williams his test debut back in 2012 and selected him for two World Cup campaigns and two Lions tours.

With Wales’ opening Six Nations match against Ireland taking place on February 4, Gatland is set to name his squad in the coming three weeks.

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