Wales wing Liam Williams has revealed that being picked for the 2017 British and Irish Lions would “mean a heck of a lot” if it happened.
The versatile back has impressed for his country in recent seasons and looks a strong contender to make the touring party for New Zealand.
What helps his case for selection were his performances for Wales last year against New Zealand, with Williams keeping his fingers crossed.
“It (Lions selection) would mean a heck of a lot,” he told Press Association Sport ahead of Wales’ Six Nations away game against Scotland.
“I was out in Ibiza with (fellow players) Tom Prydie and Lloyd Williams during the last Lions trip (in 2013), and we were watching Jonathan Davies, George North, Leigh Halfpenny and all the others on television.
“It has always been a dream of mine to make a Lions tour.
“It would be the pinnacle if I could get there, but I have learnt during my career that you should never look too far ahead.
“Sport is about the here and now. The moment you start thinking too much about something a few months down the line, that is when things can go wrong.
“So all I’m concerned about at this point is the Six Nations. When that is over, I will go back to the Scarlets and try to do a job for them.”
Lions tour or not, next season Williams will be playing for Saracens after signing a deal to move to the Premiership, a move he is excited about.
“It was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” he said.
“Hopefully, I will go there and be part of a side that wins a couple more trophies. It’s a new chapter. I am ready to try something different, and I am looking forward to it.
“That said, I still have some games left for the Scarlets. We are looking to make the top four in the PRO12 and get into the play-offs, and I want to help them achieve that goal. It would be brilliant if we could win a trophy this season.”