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Walker praises "hero" Williams

18th January 2013 08:50


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Learning: Eli Walker

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."

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