Wil­liams tips young star­let Alexis to make the next step

A&C boss reck­ons prop will play pro­fes­sion­ally

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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.”

Ziana Alexis

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