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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Williams boost for Munster after impressive 'A' return

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

MUNSTER back-row Nick Williams is in line for a return to Magners League action this weekend after completing 80 minutes in the British and Irish Cup on Friday.

The New Zealander has missed the last two months with a knee injury but could feature in Saturday's trip to the Dragons after impressing for the 'A' side in their 21-12 over Neath.

"It was massive for Nick to play a full game," said Munster 'A' coach Anthony Foley. "He has put his hat in the ring for the weekend.

"And some of the younger lads who played at Neath could well be involved. Nick has been unlucky with injuries and game-time is priceless. We're fortunate he is back and will boost our back-row."

Williams has played just four games for the province this season but his comeback is timely, with Denis Leamy a long-term absentee.

Foley believes the return of the former Auckland Blues man, who scored a hat-trick against the Dragons earlier this season, is perfectly timed as the domestic season hots up.

"It's great to have someone like Nick to boost the squad," he said.

Lock Luke Charteris and flanker Dan Lydiate will be available for the Dragons -- they are among the 14 Wales players released for club duty.

Wales have lost second-row Deiniol Jones and hooker Gareth Williams for their Six Nations clash with Ireland at Croke Park on Saturday week. Jones came off with a rib injury in the 26-20 defeat to France last Friday and Williams has not recovered from a knee problem.

Irish Independent

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