Williams ready to roar

Martyn Williams is confident he can play more than a bit-part role in this summer's British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand. [more]

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Martyn Williams is confident he can play more than a bit-part role in this summer’s British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Having toured Australia in 2001, the openside flanker is the only one of Wales’ 10 representatives in Sir Clive Woodward’s squad with previous Lions experience.

He admits a combination of nerves and inexperience limited his chances four years ago, but now the 2005 Six Nations player of the tournament is ready to fight for his place against the All Blacks.

"I am a lot more confident than I was four years ago and I’m going there pushing for a Test spot," Williams told Wales on Sunday.

"I am four years older with more experience and confidence than I had the last time.

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"Back then I wasn’t really known outside Wales and was a surprise choice. I did feel that I’m not in this league four years ago.

"I was more hopeful about my position back then but now I know I can compete with these guys.

"I have grown up and have the experience of knowing what the Lions are all about."

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