WING Liam Williams is more than happy to be likened to a Twiglet if it lures his enemy into a false sense of security.
The Scarlets man’s reward for an impressive performance against New Zealand last week is another start against Australia.
Williams, a full-back by trade, was clearly unfazed by reputation.
He flew into tackles, prompting one newspaper to compare him with the twig-shaped snack when it reported he “is built like a Twiglet with the power of a tornado”.
It is a statement that Williams is happy to wear as a badge of honour rather than an affront to his manliness.
“I am 86kg and 6ft 1in, but in a game I have no respect for my body,” said the 21-year-old. “I just put it on the line for the team.
“That’s what I did against the All Blacks. I stick my body on the line. If I get hurt, so be it. You just need a bit of guts and a bit of heart. I think I have both of those. I put my head down and if you have a bump you have a bump.”
The former scaffolder is deputising for his Scarlets teammate George North, the man mountain who is the prototype for the modern day winger.
But the ‘Twiglet’ is happy to live by the motto ‘the bigger they come, the harder they fall’ as he prepares to go up against Nick Cummins.
“He’s a good, strong winger, but if he comes down the channel I’ll just have to chop his legs,” said Williams.
“It doesn’t matter to me what type of winger I am up against; if he’s big, if he’s quick, if he’s hard – it’s all part of the game. You just have to throw yourself into it.
“Cummins might think: ‘He’s 86kg and I’m going to run over the top of him’. If that’s what he thinks, happy days.”
Williams is relishing the chance to cement his place as next in line when the Wales back three is hit by injury.
He said: “We have probably the two biggest wingers in world rugby (North and Alex Cuthbert) and Leigh Halfpenny at the back is rock solid, kicks all his goals and doesn’t do anything wrong.
“But with George being injured it’s a chance for me to go out there and have a go.
“This is what I train for, to pull on the Wales jersey and take the field in front of 70,000 people at the Millennium Stadium. I work for this week in, week out. It’s great.”