Wales suffer Williams blow

Shane Williams will miss the Welsh tour to New Zealand in June because of a shoulder injury.

Williams, who has scored 51 tries in 77 Tests, was a notable omission from Wales’s match 22 for the Test against the Springboks in Cardiff this Saturday because of the injury. Wing Leigh Halfpenny gets a spot in the run-on side in his absence.

Now it has been reported that the Ospreys speedster won’t be available for the two Tests against the All Blacks in Dunedin (19 June) and Hamilton (26 June).

Meanwhile, head coach Warren Gatland said he will use these June internationals as their physical preparation for the World Cup next year. Wales face the Springboks, Fiji and Samoa in their group.

‘We will know where we are physically after this summer,’ Gatland told stuff.co.nz.

‘One thing we have prioritised over the last few years is our physicality, probably to the detriment of our individual skills and game. If we’re going to do well then we need to physically match the top teams in the world.

‘We have got one of the most physical pools in the World Cup. But if we come out of that, we will be in good shape. That’s why this summer is the start of our preparations. We’re trying to replicate things in these three games.’