Owen Williams' brother Gavin has expressed his gratitude for all the support the centre has received since suffering a serious injury.
Owen Williams' brother Gavin has expressed his gratitude for all the support the Welsh centre has received since suffering a serious injury.
The Cardiff Blues player is making progress in his recovery from a spinal injury, and according to a recent statement he has improving function in his upper limbs.
The rugby community has rallied around the 21-year-old, who has won four caps for Wales, and his brother told the BBC that the family, and Owen himself, had been overwhelmed by the response.
“Reading the messages with Owen by his bedside it's overwhelming really, but he needs the support now and it's great,” he said.
“He's had messages from David Pocock and Quade Cooper. Everyone really you can think of in the rugby world has just given him that extra boost that he's going to need.
“You can't put it into words to be honest with you. The whole of the WRU coaching staff have been there, Rob Howley, Robin McBryde, Shaun Edwards. Everyone's been in touch.
“From then up until now Owen's been brilliant, inspirational really. He's just been really positive, his spirits are good. He's up and down obviously as anyone would be, but when he's up he's very up and he just keeps us going really.
“I'm [proud of him] and I'm going to be – it's going to be a tough time for him, a long road, but he's the one person who will definitely pull through it.
“The support [the Blues] have given us has been incredible really and a special mention to Gavin Cooper the team manager who has been with us and with Owen since day one out in Singapore and he stayed out there longer away from his family. He's just gone the extra mile for Owen and he's bringing him Greggs' pasties and all sorts.”