Snack Media will be spending the next six months in the run-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup taking you through the tournament, the teams and even the terms of one of the world’s most popular sports. Our ninth blog looks at Wales’s Liam Willams.
After Wales’ Grand Slam triumph at the beginning of the year, there are a number of players to look out for at the World Cup. An obvious name is Alun-Wyn Jones, their inspirational captain who was named Player of the Championship.
Jones’ monumental performances throughout the tournament led many to feel he was the best player in the world at the time. However, another player that had a brilliant championship, and could make a decisive impact at the World Cup is Liam Williams.
Williams had a great campaign, and he perhaps had the standout performance of the entire Six Nations against England. The fullback completely nullified their rival’s kicking game, as he was imperious under the high ball and counter attacked superbly, and was rightfully named Man of the Match.
He is capable of playing on the wing, where he primarily plays for European Champions Cup winners Saracens, but he is most comfortable and dangerous as a fullback. That is where he played for the British and Irish Lions against the All Blacks, and he did a lot of damage in that series.
Williams is a truly world class player, and in a Warren Gatland team that is traditionally very physical and direct, he provides finesse out wide, which could prove to be the team’s X-factor as they enter the tournament with high aspirations.