Williams tips young starlet Alexis to make the next step
A&C boss reckons prop will play professionally
his game with us. He’s been with us for two years now and developed so quickly, and if he keeps developing at the same rate he will definitely turn pro. He’s only 19, which is still young for a front row player, and he played 15 games for our first team last season.
“The England Counties side, which is for players from National League downwards, outside the Premiership and their academies, is also a route for players to gain pro contracts, which a lot of them have taken in recent years.
“It’s the third year I’ve been coaching the England Counties U20s, and we’ve got better with each season. We expect the Russians to be a tough test though as we know they are physically strong, and have had a big investment from their IRB.”
Williams’ commitments with this summer’s tour means he has taken a year off from coaching the Bucks men’s county side this year, with Beaconsfield RFC head coach Simon Tattersall stepping in.
He led Bucks to within one game of a Twickenham showdown when, having topped their pool in the National Plate, they went down narrowly 6-3 to Staffordshire in Saturday’s semi-final.
Seven Chiltern players started the game – Garret Cann, Ollie Cato, Gareth Wehrle, Tom Blackburn, Joe Butler, Chris Jack and Sam Portland – along with Drifters RFC’s George Coombes and Rorie Hannigan.
Dave Francis (Chiltern), Alex Cannon (Drifters) and Rob Waldron (Beaconsfield) were among the replacements.
Williams added: “They boys were so unfortunate not to have a day at Twickenham to look forward to, but they have done really well.
“I will be involved with them again next season.”