Lam’s supportive of Williams move to Welsh region

Jordan Williams is the latest Bristol player to have confirmed his departure at the end of the season to join Guinness PRO14 side Dragons, formerly Newport-Gwent Dragons, with the hope of launching his international career with Wales.

Williams, 24, has joined the Drag- ons on a two-year deal, having made 20 appearances for Bristol since joining them in 2016 from the Scar- lets where he made 55 appearances, scoring 81 points.

“Jordan naturally has a strong aspiration to play for Wales and we fully support his decision to make the move,” said Bristol head coach Pat Lam. “The pinnacle of a player’s career is representing their country and we’d be proud to see him in the red of Wales.”

Having represented Wales at U18s and U20s, as well as on the HSBC Sevens circuit, Williams toured with the senior national squad to South Africa in 2014 but did not make an appearance.

Williams added: “It was an incredibly tough decision to leave Bristol, but I feel fortunate that the club and Pat Lam have shown understanding and support behind the decision. I’m enjoying my rugby at the moment and the positive environment at Bristol. I’m eager to keep working hard for the team as we strive for promotion. I’m excited about what the future holds back in Wales.

“Like any player, I have international ambitions and personal goals I want to achieve. The Dragons have lots of talented young Welsh players and as a player, you get a sense that something exciting is building there so I can’t wait to get started next season.”

Williams can play at full-back, wing or fly-half and follows in the footsteps of 24-year-old Wales international scrum-half Rhodri Williams, who last month signed a two-year deal with the Dragons.

News of the Williams duo’s departure from Bristol was first muted on the BBC Wales’ Scrum V programme which claimed they would be joined at Rodney Parade by Wales international prop Ryan Bevington, but that signing has yet to be confirmed.

Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman said: “We’re delighted to bring Jordan back to Welsh rugby and to the Dragons – he’s an exciting young full-back with all the attacking attributes to get people on their feet. Jordan is a talented young player, he’s a quick elusive runner and is dangerous in broken play.

“He is still a young man with time to further develop his skills, but we’re confident he will thrive in the brand of rugby we’re developing at the Dragons.”

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