Wales hopeful over Williams availability


Forwards coach Robin McBryde says Wales could be in a position to call on full-back Liam Williams from the start in their Six Nations opener against Ireland on Sunday.

Williams had been out since Wales' Rugby World Cup pool fixture against Australia in October, when he sustained a foot injury, but made his return to action in the Scarlets' Pro12 defeat to Connacht on Saturday.

"Liam had 60 minutes under his belt and everything is good with him," said McBryde. "He is possibly ready for a start in Dublin.

"Things went as well as they could with Liam. He won the collisions he was involved with and was good under the high ball.

"They were difficult circumstances for him but he has come through unscathed.

"Whether he is fit enough to start 80 minutes we will wait and see but he is certainly fit enough to take a part."

Ospreys flanker Dan Lydiate is back in full training, while Wales are confident over the fitness of captain Sam Warburton, who has only played once since picking up an ankle injury at the end of November.

Justin Tipuric has been identified as an ideal replacement should either Lydiate or Warburton not make it.

Coach Warren Gatland is set to name his team for the Dublin clash on Wednesday.