Welsh region sign player who played for England just last year - Ruck

Welsh region sign player who played for England just last year

Back playing rugby following his cancer recovery, centre Johnny Williams has departed Newcastle Falcons to join Scarlets, according to the Mail Online.

The 23-year-old made an appearance with the red rose on his chest only last year, starting inside-centre for an England XV against the Barbarians.

However, with a father from north Wales, Williams also qualifies to pull on the red jersey – with that sole appearance at Twickenham not committing him to England as it was an uncapped match.

He will team up with his former London Irish coach Glenn Delaney at Scarlets, where he will replace Japan-bound Hadleigh Parkes.

Williams will follow Saracens youngster Nick Tompkins, who is set to move across the border after making his Wales debut this year. 


LIST | 3 Englishmen who’ll represent other nations when rugby returns

1. WillGriff John (Wales)

Place of birth: Plymouth

Born in England but raised in the South Wales Valleys, John began his playing career at Pontypridd as well as representing Wales at all Junior Levels. He also played for Cardiff Blues and was part of the squad that won the European Challenge Cup in 2010. In 2013 he moved to New Zealand and played for two seasons in the ITM Cup with the province of Northland.

WillGriff then returned to the UK and joined Doncaster in the Championship in 2014. On 3 May 2017 John was signed by Sale Sharks. Becoming a first-team regular for Sale, in the English Premiership.

After receiving a call-up during the 2020 Six Nations, the powerhouse is almost guaranteed to win his first cap when international rugby returns.