Jan 11, 2018
Mark McCall Ready For Ospreys Challenge
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall has said that Liam Williams will be available for selection as his side gets ready to take on the challenge of Ospreys in the Champions Cup on Saturday.
Third-placed Sarries travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on the Welsh side who currently sit second in Pool 2, two points ahead of the Men in Black with two games to go and McCall has said it is a ‘new experience’ for such big fixture to arise so early in the competition.
He explained: “It’s the first time for a few years that we’ve been in the fifth pool match when everything’s on the line so it’s a new experience for us to be in that position so early in the competition but it is what it is.
“If we win we’ve got a chance of being in the Quarter-Finals.” He added.
McCall will benefit from having Wales and Lions back Liam Williams returning to the fold as he makes his return to be in contention to start in the city of his birth after missing out on the last few matches following an injury obtained on Wales duty.
McCall said: “He’s available for selection, he trained on Monday and Tuesday and there are no ill-effects from Tuesday’s session, which is the tougher of the two days and as a result he’s got a good chance of being involved in the squad.
“He’s an exceptional player and it’s great to have him back, we’ve taken our time with him but he looks pretty good.
“It’s always a gamble to bring someone back when they haven’t played for a bit but I do think that you have the occasional exceptional player who’s able to do that and is good enough for you to want to put them in, Liam is in that category.”
The Ospreys boast a strong record in this year’s competition and are the joint leading try scorers along with Sarries with 17 scored apiece and McCall praised the Welsh region for their recent record.
He said: “They’ve had a good couple of months, obviously they beat Northampton back-to-back with bonus-points and got a great win at Franklin’s Gardens.
“They’re climbing up their league but more than that, they have good players who are playing well; their half-backs are outstanding and they’ve got a great scrum, they’re well coached, and are at home so there are lots of reasons why it’ll be difficult.”