Liam Williams will return for Wales in time to face Scotland in the Six Nations this week… but coach Wayne Pivac faces injury concerns over FIVE of his backline, including George North and Hallam Amos
- Liam Williams will return for Wales’ Six Nations clash with Scotland this week
- The back has now served a three-match ban for a red card earlier this month
- Wales look set to go into the match at Murrayfield with a depleted backline
- George North suffered a scraped eye in win over Ireland and will be assessed
Liam Williams will return for Wales to patch up their battered backline this week for the Scotland game giving a timely boost to Wayne Pivac.
The Lions back will return having served his three-match ban after a red card against Cardiff Blues last month and is sure to come straight into the side.
Centre Johnny Williams, wing Hallam Amos (both concussion) and scrum-half Tomos Williams (hamstring) are all likely to be ruled out of the Scotland game along with flanker Dan Lydiate (knee).
Liam Williams will return for Wales this week in time for the Scotland game on Saturday
Wales have injury concerns over a number of backline players including George North
And updates are expected on Tuesday on the fitness of George North, whose eye was scraped, and Nick Tompkins who was nursing a shoulder knock in the Ireland win.
So with five days between games, Wales need to raise themselves for another battle against England’s conquerors Scotland at Murrayfield.
Their scrum-half Ali Price thinks Liam Williams’ return will be a huge boost for the Welsh.
‘He’s a brilliant player,’ said Price.
‘His all-round game is very good, he’s great in the air and I think he’ll add to their firepower. They’re looking to play a more attacking game so he’s more of an attacking threat for them.
Ali Price believes Williams’ return will be a huge boost for Wales against his Scottish side
‘It was a physical game for them, and they’ve got a few casualties but they’ve still got him to come back in and some good depth. They’re a good side.’
Welsh prop Alun Wyn Jones reckons Wales owe Scotland one after losing to them at home for the first time since 2002 in October to end the last Six Nations.
‘Yeah definitely,’ he said. ‘We’ll just go up there and try and right the wrongs of last time.
‘Scotland showed they were a very good side on Saturday. They took their chances, defended well and deservedly were winners.’
Wales lost at home to Scotland for the first time since 2002 in October to end the Six Nations
Captain Wyn Jones was not totally content despite the 21-16 win over Ireland.
‘We still need to improve on our application and execution,’ he added.
‘Scotland beat us in the autumn. They’ve started with a bang. We’re well aware of the ascendancy they have in their game at the minute.’
Scotland will not get carried away, after their first Twickenham win since 1983, though, knowing one marquee win is not good enough anymore.
‘You’ve got to enjoy those moments,’ Price added.
‘But it’s game one of five and we can’t get ahead of ourselves. If we don’t back up what we did on Saturday it means nothing.
Peter O’Mahony faces a six-week ban for his shoulder charge on Tomas Francis which saw him sent off on Sunday. His disciplinary hearing will take place in the coming days.
Peter O’Mahony’s shoulder charge on Tomas Francis could see him banned for six week
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