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Williams looking forward to playing in North Wales

14th October 2015, 13:14

Williams looking forward to playing in North Wales

Mynydd-Isa born Rhys Williams, the record try scorer for Wales Rugby League, says that he would be happy not to get any tries on the board, as long as Wales can regain the European Championship trophy.

Mynydd-Isa born Rhys Williams, the record try scorer for Wales Rugby League, says that he would be happy not to get any tries on the board, as long as Wales can regain the European Championship trophy.

 

Wales take on Scotland on Friday night at Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium in Wrexham (kick-off 8pm) and the 25-year old winger, who is signed on for a second season at London Broncos for 2016, can’t wait to get out there.

 

“This year is important for us,” he said. “We’ve a stronger better squad than last year and hopefully that will lead us to three wins.

 

“Over the last few years we’ve underperformed - the World Cup and last year especially. We’re looking to put that right. Our coach John Kear not only likes to win but he enjoys watching good quality rugby so I know that’s what we’ll be playing.”

 

In addition to the Wales try scoring record, Williams holds another accolade in that no European born player has scored more tries in the history of the European Championship than him.

 

With 13 tries in this competition, he’s joint second behind the late Australian-born Brian Bevan, who ended up on 26 in 16 games when playing for the “Other Nationalities” side in the competition in the 1950s.

 

“Any try record I have is a nice little accolade but I’m more concerned about playing well for Wales,” he said. “I’m looking forward to both of our home games for different reasons. The Arms Park will be different. I’ve not played there since my rugby union days when it was a grass pitch. Now it’s artificial, it adds a different dimension and it’ll make for a quicker game than an evening in October normally is. I also really enjoy playing at Wrexham as it’s my birthplace and it’s good to come home.

 

“We want to win all three games, that’s the main aim, but personally I’d like to keep the consistency up. It’ll be nice to get tries and extend my record but I’d be just as happy with none on the board but getting a winner’s medal at the end of the campaign.”

 

Wales have two home games in this year’s tournament, taking on Scotland in Wrexham on Friday 16th October (kick-off 8pm) before facing France at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday 30thOctober (kick-off 6.30pm) before finishing with an away game in Bray, Ireland a week later.

 

Match day tickets for the games can be purchased at www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk or if you would like to take advantage of hospitality, please contact Hanna Clarke on 07811 268 986 /hanna@walesrugbyleague.co.uk.