Tomos Williams is relishing playing on the biggest stage of his career as he makes his Guinness Six Nations debut against France tonight.
The Cardiff Blues star has been rewarded for his fine regional form with his first taste of Championship action.
Family and friends are making the short trip across the English Channel to cheer the 24-year-old on and he is now counting down the minutes until kick-off.
“I’m excited and just want to get out there against France. Everyone knows how good a tournament the Six Nations. Hopefully, we can make a good start and get a win to stand us in good stead moving forward,” said Williams.
“The Six Nations is a bigger stage than what I’ve played in and France are a strong team. There’s going to be a bit of pressure but I’m looking forward to it.
“I’ve had lots of support and have seen all the texts and stuff on social media. A few of my family are also going out for the game.”
Williams is one of three Cardiff Blues players in the starting line-up and partners Gareth Anscombe at half-back.
“He’s a good communicator and is clear in what he wants. I’m friendly with Gareth off the pitch and we have a good relationship. We’ve played together a lot at the Blues. We will look to pull them about the park a bit.”
Both players have been in fine form for Wales’ Capital Region this season and have dazzled against French opposition.
Williams, who has become renowned for his attacking flair, crossed for tries in both Heineken Champions Cup encounters against Lyon.
The most recent came at the Arms Park and only minutes after he created a contender for try of the season with a sublime basketball-esque offload to Owen Lane.
“I tried to draw the man and give it but he (the defender) bit a bit quicker than l expected and I had to make a basketball pass.
“All my family play basketball. I think playing it contributed to my skill-set and ball-handling.
“I played for Wales Under-16 at basketball but there came a point when I had to decide between it and rugby. I had to give up one or the other when the Blues Academy called me in when I was about 18. Naturally, I went the way of rugby but I think playing basketball has helped my rugby.
“The most important thing as a nine is to bring the tempo of a game up, to get on the ball as quick as you can, provide a quick service and kick well. Then, hopefully, other things will open up as the game goes on.
“In certain areas of the pitch you know what the team want, the areas they want you to kick or pass.”