Williams backing Wales

Retired winger believes Wales can win Down Under

Last Updated: 03/06/12 2:15pm

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Shane Williams: Believes Wales can win a Test against Australia

Shane Williams: Believes Wales can win a Test against Australia

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Former Wales wing Shane Williams sees no reason why his ex-team-mates cannot claim at least one Test match victory during their tour of Australia.

Wales have not beaten Australia Down Under for 43 years, but a three-Test series in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney offers a chance to build on this season's successes.

The World Cup semi-finalists and reigning RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam champions have their tails up ahead of the Test series and while Williams knows it would be tough, he sees a chance to secure an upset.

"I do see Wales winning a Test out there - whether or not they win the series I don't know - but they have certainly got a good enough squad."
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The 35-year-old, who bowed out of Test rugby in Barbarians colours during their 30-21 loss to Wales, believes his country can make their presence felt this month.

Tough

"It's going to be tough," he said. "It is a big ask to win the series against Australia - one of the best sides in the world - on their home turf, but I think that is where we need to get to now.

"We've won the Grand Slam and we need keep going on an upward curve.

"I do see Wales winning a Test out there - whether or not they win the series I don't know - but they have certainly got a good enough squad."

An advance party of 16 players, including many Grand Slam winners, are already in Australia preparing for the Brisbane opener next Saturday under assistant coach Shaun Edwards' direction.

Caretaker tour boss Rob Howley and an 18-strong playing group are set to join them in the next 48 hours, and among that second party will be 19-year-old Cardiff Blues wing Harry Robinson.

Robinson and 20-point centre James Hook proved the shining lights of a disjointed Wales display against the Baa-Baas, leaving Williams suitably impressed by the teenager.

Intimidation

He could only watch as Robinson scored a superb 60-metre try, while his appetite for work throughout the contest served notice that Wales wing play is not just all about giants George North and Alex Cuthbert.

"Harry had a fantastic game. He scored a try early on, and I was chuffed for him," Williams said.

"He worked hard throughout the game, and for a young guy he didn't show that he was intimidated whatsoever. He took his chance well.

"I told him after the game I was chuffed to bits for him. He has come into a Grand Slam-winning squad and he was under a lot of pressure, so for him to go out and play like he did shows he has got a mature head on him.

"He made a big impact. He made some great breaks. He was all over the park, and that is what you want.

"I hope he gets lots more chances, and I am sure he will after his performance.

"And James is that versatile - it is a coach's dream. He caused us problems all day, and he looked to have a spring in his step.

"He is enjoying himself in France with Perpignan, and he's playing with a lot of confidence. He is one of the best players I have played alongside - it is good to see him back to his best."

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