Liam Williams was forced off after 20 minutes on his Cardiff debut.

Full-back Liam Williams will miss Wales’ autumn internationals after seriously injuring his collarbone on his Cardiff debut against Munster.

Williams, 31, underwent surgery Monday night and was sidelined for four months.

It means he will miss Wales’ meeting with New Zealand on November 5, as well as subsequent tests against Argentina, Georgia and Australia.

He has signed a contract with Cardiff City from the Scarlets for the start of the 2022-23 season.

Williams looked great in the first quarter before getting hurt on Saturday 20-13 win against Munster.

He landed hard on his left shoulder in a tackle by Monster wing Calvin Nash and left with his arm in a makeshift sling before heading to hospital.

Cardiff director of rugby Dai Young said after the game that it looked like a significant injury.

“I’m very disappointed in Liam,” Young said.

“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 great in the game.

“I’m gutted for him, it’s a big blow for us and a big blow for Wales.

“Injuries happen, it’s a professional sport. Liam was very upset after the game because he wanted to have a strong season.

“Nothing you can say or do can make it better. Sometimes sports can be ugly.

“I can’t do anything but give him a pat on the back and give him my best wishes.

“He’s been asked to do whatever he can off the field, whether it’s analysis or something like that, to help out. We’ll get him involved as much as possible.”

Fullback options

It is a major blow for Cardiff as Williams will miss at least the next 11 games.

The British and Irish Lion will then face a race to prove his fitness for the 2023 Six Nations opener against Ireland on February 4, with Cardiff saying he will be out for between 12 and 16 weeks.

Wales full-back options now include Scarlets duo Jonny McNicol and Lee Halfpenny, who has not played since suffering a serious knee injury against Canada in July 2021.

Halfpenny is expected to return to the Scarlets in the next few weeks, while Tom Rodgers is also an option.

Josh Adams is also an option after Young revealed Wales boss Wayne Pivac asked to see if the Cardiff winger could play a few games for the 15-year-old this season ahead of next year’s World Cup in France.

“I’ve already spoken to Wayne about this before Liam’s injury,” Young added.

“Josh is someone Wayne would like to see us with at 15 because it could happen at the World Cup

“Wayne is preparing for the tournament and people get injured at the World Cup.

“If there’s anything we can do to help give some players experience in other positions, they might come in handy [to play] at the World Cup, we’re all trying to do that.

“He (Adams) has played a bit at full-back before and has the attributes.

“He has a good kicking game, he is good under the high ball and a very good defender.

“When teams don’t hit him well, he has the ability to attack to cause them problems.”

Adams is unlikely to start at full-back for Cardiff this week in the United Rugby Championship trip to Glasgow on Friday, with wings Owen Lane (ankle) and Jason Harris (concussion) missing.

Young full-back Jacob Beetham is also out after picking up an ACL injury while playing for Cardiff RFC.



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