Lloyd Williams: Sam Warburton’s early return is a boost for Wales

Wales scrum-half Lloyd Williams says Sam Warburton's speedy recovery from injury is a big boost for the Red Dragon

Sam Warburton

Sam Warburton is set to return quicker than expected from his hamstring injury and Lloyd Williams admits it’s a bonus ahead of Wales’ busy autumn.

The flanker, who scored his first international try against Italy in the 2011 Six Nations, was set to be out of action for four months after suffering a severe hamstring tear during the British & Irish Lions’ second Test against Australia at the end of June.

His participation in Wales’ autumn internationals against South Africa, Argentina, Tonga and Australia in November was, as a consequence, in serious doubt.

But the 24-year-old has fought back to fitness and will make his comeback for Cardiff Blues against Leinster on Friday night.

And Wales scrum-half Williams, who has witnessed Warburton’s battle to recover, claims both club and country will benefit.

“Sam has been working very hard,” Williams told Wales Online. “He is a very determined guy and he’s great to have among the squad.

“We all see what he does off the pitch and now we will see him do it on the field this Friday.

“Sam is fantastic at the breakdown, so hopefully it will mean clean ball for me and we can do something with it as backs.”

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