Liam Williams ‘absolutely devastated’ after being ruled out of Wales autumn trials following surgery on collarbone injury sustained on debut for Cardiff… director of rugby Dai Young says he is ‘disappointed’ for 31-year-old

  • Liam Williams is “devastated” to miss Wales’ four Tests this autumn after undergoing surgery
  • He was forced to withdraw from his Cardiff debut on Saturday with a collarbone injury
  • Jonny McNicol is likely to start against his home nation, New Zealand

“Devastated” Liam Williams has been ruled out of Wales’ grueling autumn internationals after undergoing surgery on a collarbone injury sustained on his debut for new club Cardiff.

Two-time British and Irish Lion and experienced international Williams, 31, is a vital figure for Wayne Pivac’s Wales and a definite starter at full-back when fit.

But after moving from Welsh side Scarlets to Cardiff City this summer, he was forced off in the first half of his first game for the capital against Munster last Saturday.

Liam Williams will miss Wales’ autumn trials after injuring his collarbone on Saturday

Cardiff confirmed Williams underwent surgery to repair a broken collarbone on Monday night and is expected to be out for between 12 and 16 weeks.

It means he will miss Wales’ November matches against New Zealand, Argentina, Georgia and Australia.

“Absolutely devastated to get injured on my Cardiff debut,” Williams wrote on social media. “Surgery went well last night – on the road to recovery!”

Wayne Pivac will see Williams' absence as a major blow to his preparations for the World Cup

Wayne Pivac will see Williams’ absence as a major blow to his preparations for the World Cup

Williams’ injury is a major blow for Wales head coach Pivatz as his side look to get up to speed ahead of next year’s World Cup in France.

Williams is the first choice at fullback. His understudy Lee Halfpenny is still recovering from a long-term knee injury. Another number 15 in Hallam. Amos retired this summer to become a doctor.

This means that currently New Zealand-born Jonny McNicol will be the favorite to start in the position against the All Blacks and the country of his birth on November 5.

Jonny McNicol is now favorite to take Williams' place to face his home nation New Zealand

Jonny McNicol is now favorite to take Williams’ place to face his home nation New Zealand

“I’m very disappointed with Liam,” said Cardiff director of rugby Dai Young.

“He really wanted to have a good season. He has done everything that has been asked of him since he came to Cardiff and I thought he looked sharp in the game.

“I’m upset for him – it’s a big blow for us and a big blow for Wales.”

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