Williams boost for Wales

Date published: January 11 2018

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall has declared star Wales wing Liam Williams fit for the Champions Cup clash with Ospreys in a significant boost for club and country.

Williams has been out of action since November 18 when he tore his groin ligaments while playing for Wales against Georgia.

The 26-year-old has been thrust back in to contention by McCall for Saturday’s must-win clash with Ospreys, just three days off from Warren Gatland’s Six Nations squad announcement in a significant boost for the national side.

“He’s available for selection,” Saracens director of rugby McCall told BBC Sport.

“If there are no ill-effects from today’s training session, which was the tougher of the two days, then he’s got a great chance of being involved in the squad.

“We’ve taken our time but he looks pretty good, he just needs to make sure there’s not a reaction.

“It’s always a calculated gamble to bring someone back who hasn’t played for a bit.

“But I think you do have the odd exceptional player who is able to do that and is good enough for you to want to put that player in. Liam is probably in that category.”

Saracens, the defending European champions, trail the Ospreys by two points with two games left and know defeat at the Liberty Stadium would put paid to ambitions of defending their crown.

Williams’ return is especially good timing for Gatland, who is sweating over injuries to George North and Hallam Amos. Williams was a standout performer in Gatland’s first-choice British and Irish Lions side in the drawn series in New Zealand.