Liam Williams: Wales international to join Cardiff from Scarlets for 2022/23 United Rugby Championship season | Rugby Union News

The Wales and British & Irish Lions international will leave the Scarlets to join Welsh rivals to replace former Hallam Amos; Williams: “At this stage in my career, I feel I need a change of scenery and environment to make sure I can stay on top of my game.”

Last updated: 06/01/22 10:49


Liam Williams will join Cardiff from the Scarlets next season

Liam Williams says he is excited about what will happen in the next chapter of his career after agreeing to move to Cardiff for the 2022/23 United Rugby Championship season.

The Wales and British & Irish Lions international full-back, who may also operate on the wing, has been signed by Welsh rivals Scarlets to replace the retired Hallam Amos.

Williams has vowed to continue giving his all for Llanelli’s team for the remainder of the current URC campaign, but at the same time he is looking forward to the move to Arms Park, which he believes is just what he needs in this one. stage of his career.

“I am really excited to join Cardiff in the summer, but I am very grateful to the Scarlets, who have given me so many opportunities in the game, and I am fully committed to them for the rest of the season,” Williams said.

“I have many good memories there but, at this stage in my career, I feel I need a change of scenery and environment to make sure I can stay on top of my game. Cardiff have really impressed me recently and it feels like they are staying. building something special.

“I have many good friends there from the Wales team and they can’t speak highly enough of the environment, and Dai Young convinced me that Cardiff is the best place for me to further my career.

“They have a tremendous amount of talent on the team, complemented by some really exciting young players, and the competition for seats will be fierce, but I’m looking forward to doing my part and I’m excited to see what we can achieve.”

I have so many good memories [at Scarlets] but, at this stage in my career, I feel I need a change of scenery and environment to make sure I can stay on top of my game.

Liam Williams

Williams is in his second stint with the Scarlets, having played for them from 2011 to 2017 before a stint with England’s Saracens club that included participation in the Gallagher Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup successes in 2019.

On the international stage, the 30-year-old has scored 16 goals in over 70 test appearances for the Welsh national team and toured with Lions in 2017 and 2021.

Williams is Cardiff’s third new recruit for next season, joining Thomas Young – returning to the club where he began his career – and Taulupe Faletau signing from Premiership teams Wasps and Bath respectively.

Rugby director Dai Young is in no doubt that Williams will be a valuable addition to his squad, particularly with fellow Wales international Amos calling time for his career at the end of the season.

Cardiff rugby director Dai Young is excited about what Liam Williams will bring to his team

Cardiff rugby director Dai Young is excited about what Liam Williams will bring to his team

“We knew we had an opening as a full-back and Liam’s talent and consistency are abundant for all to see,” said Young.

“He has been one of the best full backs in the world for a number of years and brings true quality to both sides of the ball with his attacking, kicking, positioning and courage.

“He adds further strength and experience to our squad and will not only strengthen us on the pitch, but he will be a key role model and leader for some of the young talents emerging from the rear.

“It is important to have strength and depth across the board and we will continue to add quality to our team when available.”

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