Wednesday 25 April 2018

Williams left out

Wales coach Warren Gatland has claimed that the door is not closed on Martyn Williams' international career. And he has not ruled out Gavin Henson featuring in the World Cup selection shake-up, despite omitting both players from his 28-man Six Nations squad yesterday.

Williams (35) is just two caps short of reaching 100 for Wales, having made his Test debut in 1996. But Gatland has preferred Sam Warburton and Josh Turnbull as open-side flanker options for the Six Nations campaign, which Wales begin against England in Cardiff on February 4.

Centre Henson, meanwhile, has started his comeback with Saracens after 20 months in the rugby wilderness, although he is sidelined because of a calf muscle injury.

"Absolutely, there is always a chance for Martyn," said Gatland. "We knew what a quality player he is, and he has been a great servant to Wales.

"There are still one or two players that might be added to the squad later on, someone like George North, who is coming back from injury, and with Gavin, it has been stated he needs to play some rugby.

"It would be good to see him get one or two more games under his belt, and he may come into contention, but not until he does that."

Irish Independent

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