Williams turns down Wales

Date published: November 22 2016

Liam Williams has turned down a big money offer from the Welsh Rugby Union to sign with Premiership champions Saracens instead.

Wales Online reported the move on Tuesday.

Reports suggest Williams has signed a two-year deal with Saracens and will join them next season.

Various clubs were after the Scarlets full-back’s signature. It was hoped the offer of a National Dual Contract from the WRU would keep him at Parc y Scarlets despite intense competition from their west Walian neighbours Ospreys, French clubs and Saracens.

Sources claim the the lure of living in London and the opportunity to win major trophies influenced the move, while Williams’ girlfriend Sophie Harris is also based in the capital.

Williams has played 37 Tests for Wales and received a yellow card for a professional foul in their narrow win over Japan last weekend.

Williams will be captured by so-called Gatland’s Law when he leaves because the WRU had made him a formal offer which was in line with his perceived market value.

That means he will have to take his chances as an exile competing for one of the four wildcard spots available in the Wales team next season.

Williams will compete with Bath pair Taulupe Faletau and Rhys Priestland, Harlequins’ Jamie Roberts and Northampton Saints George North for wildcard status.