Leicester don’t want to lose Williams

Date published: November 23 2016

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill has reiterated the club’s hope that fly-half Owen Williams will stay at Welford Road.

The Welshman has been a successful signing from the Scarlets, making 74 appearances to date for the two-time European champions. However his current deal will expire at the end of the current season.

“Every indication so far is that he’s keen to stay,” Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester.

“It’s down to him whether he feels that this is the place for him, but as he plays every week we’d like to think that that would be the case.”

Williams has been frequently linked with a Wales call-up throughout his time with Leicester, with many pointing to the fact that is based outside of Wales as a stumbling block in his selection.

Cockerill however believes that if the former Scarlet was picked to play for Wales than he would be more than ready to deliver.

“Ultimately any player in any position, if you’re good enough, you will play for your country,” Cockerill added.

“Owen’s a very good player, I’ve got no doubt that he could play at Test level tomorrow and do a very good job.

“[Wales acting head coach] Rob Howley has go to decide whether he’s their best 10 or their best 12 to do what they need to do.

“There’s different laws or stipulations around that. I’m not sure Owen playing in Wales would guarantee him a place in the Wales team at this point. ”

Meanwhile the Leicester Mercury report that Tigers full-back Mathew Tait is set to be out for some time with a broken jaw.