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Williams ready to step up, says Taute


Munster's Duncan Williams. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Munster's Duncan Williams. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile


Munster's Duncan Williams. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Munster centre Jaco Taute has backed Duncan Williams to shine for Munster tomorrow against Toulouse if Conor Murray fails to shake off the effects of his shoulder injury in time to line out for their Champions Cup quarter-final.

Williams is regarded as one of Munster best performers this season, and with 22 appearances since Rassie Erasmus took over as Director of Rugby, the top man clearly has faith in the Cork No 9.

And according to Taute, the Munster squad have no fears without Murray, such is the form that Williams has produced of late.

"If Conor doesn't pass his fitness test, Duncan has been good for us. He has a lot of game-time under his belt and that is sometimes the most important thing, being on the pitch and playing," said Taute.

"Duncan has been good for us. If he has to take up the role he will be ready, we will be ready.

"We trust in the medical team that Conor will be fine. He loves Munster. He will probably do anything just to get on that pitch. We will see how the week develops, but we will be ready come anything."

When the team is announced at 12 noon today. It is likely to feature plenty of international faces like CJ Stander, Donnacha Ryan, Simon Zebo and Keith Earls, all of whom had last week off to recover from their Six Nations efforts.

"It is a bit different because back at home when the internationals play, the competition stops so it was a bit different. You missed their leadership skills and the contributions they make.

"It is good to have them back, but I think credit to the coaching staff because they still keep them integrated, chatting, going through our game systems and all of that.

"It is good to have them back and now it is just to get them hitting the ground running and back into our systems," said Taute.

Irish Independent