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Williams eases injury fear

15th March 2005

Rhys Williams has given Mike Ruddock a selection boost prior to this weekend's vital clash against Ireland, with the news that he expects to be fit for the tournament finale.

After scoring twice at Murrayfield, Williams limped off with a calf strain.

"Coming off was just precautionary and it's responding well to treatment," said Rhys.

Williams made his Test debut against Ireland in 2000, which was the last time that Wales managed to beat their Celtic rivals.

That victory came away at Lansdowne Road, as Wales hung on to win a tight match by 23 points to 19.

"I've got great memories of that day for my first cap and obviously winning the game, so it would be nice to relive some of those memories this Saturday," Williams said.

"But the Irish side has come of age over the past few years, always being in contention, knocking off the big guns, and shows how difficult a task it will be to beat them."

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