Williams eyeing Wales recall

Williams is hoping to catch the eye of Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland

Rhodri Williams has admitted he is aiming for a recall to the international scene after returning to Wales with the Dragons.

The scrum-half has won just three caps for his country and last played for Wales in March 2014.

Williams left the Scarlets two years ago for a crack at the Premiership with Bristol, but he is now in Wales in a bid to get back amongst Warren Gatland’s plans.

"I am ambitious and I want to push on for a Welsh spot,” said Williams

The 25-year-old’s appearances for Wales have all come off the bench with his first being against Tonga in 2013, before scoring a try against Scotland during the Six Nations a year later.

His move to Newport now means Williams will be eligible for selection as the Welsh Rugby Union do not call up players who ply their trade outside the country with less than 60 caps.

"I hope the selectors will be pleased I have come back and, if I start playing well, hopefully they will be even more pleased,” added Williams.

"My ambition - the same as everyone in Wales - is to play for Wales and obviously, that wasn't possible being over the [Severn] bridge.

"It doesn't mean it's going to happen but I looked at it as in 10-20 years' time, I would never want to regret the decision of staying there [in England].

"It might not work but at least there's no regret of I haven't tried it. Every proud young Welsh player wants to play for Wales.”

Williams is more than aware of how much work he has to do to force himself into the national squad.

Currently, Gareth Davies is Wales’ first choice scrum-half with the likes of Tomas Williams and Aled Davies both shining during their recent tour victories over South Africa and Argentina.

With a World Cup now slowly coming into view, Williams is determined to impress for the Dragons before moving his thoughts on to Wales.

He added: "It's a World Cup year but if I'm not playing for the Dragons, I will be watching from the stands, so I have got to put the work in to try and get my things sorted here first.

"The ambition is there but I've got to become first-choice here before pushing for anything higher.”