Williams’ meteoric rise continues at Irish

Date published: July 28 2016

SUNBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 04:  Johnny Williams of London Irish poses for the camera during the London Irish Media Session at Hazelwood Centre on May 4, 2016 in Sunbury, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Rookie London Irish centre Johnny Williams has continued his meteoric rise at new Championship club.%u200B

Williams scooped the club’s Young Player of the Season award following an impressive debut campaign, the 19-year-old then played a key role in helping England lift the U20 World Championship title this year.

“The success in winning the Junior World Cup has given me a lot of confidence going into the new season,” Williams told the London Irish official website.

“The home support in the competition was massive and the atmosphere was fantastic – I’m looking to take that experience into this season and hopefully it can help us have a successful season.

“I was grateful to be given my chance in the first team last season and I want to continue pulling on the London Irish jersey and help the club achieve its ambitions,” he added.

Williams and fellow Academy success story Theo Brophy Clews were the Exiles’ shining lights last term, both showcasing the future of the club.

And there are more youngsters coming off the Exiles’ production line according to Williams, who is enthused by the atmosphere in the dressing room at present.

“We’ve currently got a lot of boys coming through the Academy and that’s credit to the coaching staff who now make up the senior management team,” said Williams.

Williams expects a physical test this season and insists his side must maintain their focus week by week.

“The Championship is going to be extremely competitive and expectations of us will be high and we know that. At the same time we’re all confident that we can have a successful season especially given the work that we have put in so far this summer,” said Williams.

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