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Williams to leap on opportunity against Pumas

WALES v ARGENTINA, TODAY,

MILLENNIUM STADIUM, LIVE BBC1 (2.30)

Centre Scott Williams hopes to make the most of Jonathan Davies' misfortune when he fills in for his Scarlets team-mate in the Wales midfield against Argentina today.

Williams starts at outside centre against the Pumas after Davies was ruled out by a groin injury, although it is hoped he will be available to face Samoa next week.

With Jamie Roberts returning to the number 12 jersey after missing the tour of Australia with a knee problem and Ospreys' Ashley Beck also in the national squad, there is fierce competition for places.

And 22-year-old Williams hopes to lay claim for a role for the crunch fixtures against New Zealand and Australia with a strong display against the Pumas. He said: "Obviously it is a bit unlucky for Jon but I need to take all the opportunities I can really.

"We have got a few good centres, a lot of good competition and it can only be a good thing as it brings out the best in all of us in training and we are all trying to outdo each other.

"To be involved in all the games is one of my targets. Jon was a bit unlucky this weekend and I back myself to step in and do an equal job and hopefully I can take my opportunity."



Scrutiny

Williams' centre partner Roberts will be under scrutiny after it was confirmed he will leave Cardiff Blues at the end of the season.

The British and Irish Lion is tipped to move to big-spending French club Racing Metro and join the likes of Mike Phillips, Gethin Jenkins and James Hook in plying his trade across the Channel.

But Williams is relishing the chance to start alongside Roberts for the first time since last December's defeat by Australia in Cardiff.

"It is great to play with Jamie, we have trained well all week," he said.

"I have played with him a few times and he gets over the gainline, so you have to make a good support line off him if he makes a break, and hopefully we will get a few of them and I can get on the end of a pass."


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