James hopes Williams recovers

Date published: June 28 2015

Ex-Wales wing Dafydd James believes Alex Cuthbert will have had luck on his side should he start ahead of an injured Liam Williams at the World Cup.

The 25-year-old Cardiff Blues finisher, who fell out of the matchday 23 in the 2015 Six Nations, hasn't been in the best of form since the 2013 Lions tour.

And that has not gone unnoticed by James, who did not mince his words.

"He will be very lucky if he gets back in," he revealed to BBC Sport

"I don't think he's put his hand up this season."

"It's down to mental attitude possibly," added the former Lions tourist. 

"It depends how he goes in the training camp.

"If I was in the training camp and I was one of the backs I'd see this as a massive opportunity to really step up my game, show what you can do and put your hands up."

Wales remain hopeful that Williams will be fit in time for the World Cup and with his ability to play wing or full-back, James admits his absence would be a setback to the squad.

"It would be a massive blow," he said. 

"He's certainly a valuable commodity to have in the back division.

"He seems to create a hell of a lot of try-scoring opportunities, which we've seen him doing time and time again for Scarlets, but also for Wales this season. So let's hope he makes a speedy recovery."