Rugby

Gloucester sign Welsh playmaker Williams

2017-01-11 17:12
Owen Williams (AFP)

London - Highly-rated flyhalf Owen Williams signed for English Premiership side Gloucester from rivals Leicester Tigers on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old Welshman -- who is yet to be capped but is thought to be in line for selection for the Six Nations squad to be announced next Tuesday -- will compete with Billy Burns next season and the points kicking duties vacuum left by the impending departures of Scottish international Greig Laidlaw and James Hook to French giants Clermont and and Welsh region Ospreys respectively.

Williams, who is Gloucester's fourth signing for next season, has accrued over 500 points for the Tigers since he joined them in 2013 -- including his last-gasp winning penalty against Munster in December's Champions Cup pool clash.

"Top teams throughout Europe have two quality number 10s, and Owen's experience with Leicester in both the Premiership and Europe will add some real quality and depth to a key position in our playing squad," said Gloucester's director of rugby David Humphreys.

"He is still a young man with a real ambition to play international rugby, and we all believe that Owen has the ability to play a central role in driving Gloucester forward."

Williams, who will join compatriots Richard Hibbard and Ross Moriarty at the 'Cherry Whites', said Gloucester's style of play suited him down to the ground.

"Gloucester is a team with a great history who play an exciting brand of rugby, which really appeals to me, and I look forward to joining up with my new team-mates in the summer," he said.

"I would like to thank everyone at Leicester Tigers, including the fans, for the great memories and support they have given me throughout my time at the club, and I am fully committed to them until the end of the season."

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