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Jordan Williams aims to make his mark with Scarlets

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: July 03, 2013

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JORDAN Williams is hoping for more game time with the Scarlets next season after impressing for Wales at the Junior World Championship.

With the Scarlets back for pre-season training, the young full-back is eager to force his way into the first team.

Williams helped Wales Under-20s reach their first ever Junior World Championship final in France, where only a second-half fightback from England stopped Danny Wilson's men taking home the trophy.

The 23-15 defeat in Vannes was a disappointment, but Llanelli-born Williams earned glowing praise for his breathtaking displays of running rugby during the tournament.

The 19-year-old made only two appearances for the Scarlets last season but, having scored a try in one of those matches and excelled for Llanelli in the Premiership, it was an encouraging campaign for the youngster.

And following his exploits with Wales Under-20s, Williams is looking to make his mark in the regional game.

"I want to try to play as much rugby as I can," said Williams, who also plays at fly-half.

"This was my last season of under-20s rugby so it was great to finish the way it has.

"It was nice to put in some good performances and after a couple of weeks off I'm back in with the Scarlets to start pre-season there."

Williams missed the opening game of the tournament against Samoa but was at his attacking best in the clash with Argentina and the thrilling semi-final win over South Africa.

It was his jinking break which helped set up Ashley Evans's late score against the Baby Boks, leaving IRB Junior Player of the Year Sam Davies to convert and send Wales through to the final.

"It was a very positive tournament from a group and team perspective," said Williams.

"It was very disappointing to lose the way we did in the final but the boys can look back and take it on the chin. We had a good tournament and made a bit of history by reaching the final."

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