Walker praises "hero" Williams

18th Jan 2013, 13:02

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Learning: Eli Walker

Learning: Eli Walker

New Wales wing Eli Walker has hailed Welsh legend Shane Williams for his advice and support after being picked for the Six Nations.

New Wales wing Eli Walker has praised Welsh legend Shane Williams for his advice and support after being called up for the Six Nations.

20-year old Walker has caught the eye with a string of impressive performance in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup, with his pace and footwork drawing comparisons to Williams, who now plays in Japan.

Williams tweeted a message of support to the young star following his selection, with Walker describing Williams as "a great friend."

"He's an outstanding player and a great friend as well. He's definitely something to look up to," said Walker to BBC Sport.

"I'd like to think I have learned a thing or two. He is any winger's hero in Wales and in world rugby.

"He is definitely someone I've looked up to since I started.

"I was fortunate to have a few years training with him coming through the academy and then stepping up to the senior squad."