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RUGBY UNION: Maynard tells Williams to create selection headache.

Byline: Brian Dick

Pertemps Bees have signed former Wales Under-21 centre Scott Williams from Welsh Premiership side Newport.

Williams impressed during last summer's Under-21 World Cup, which was staged in Oxfordshire, and joined Newport after he failed to secure a professional contract with the Gwent Dragons regional side.

The 22-year-old has decided to move to England, on the recommendation of Bees' centre Mike Davies, because of the continuing financial uncertainty surrounding club rugby in Wales. He should add depth to Bees' squad.

Phil Maynard, the Bees' director of rugby, said: 'Scott is very highly-rated in Wales and we believe that he has a very bright future.

'We had just got Mike Davies when we lost him at Wasps. We lost our shape. Scott is an authentic inside centre who will give us more depth and will push for a starting spot --I hope to have given myself a selection headache.

'In our defensive system the inside centre spot is crucial and Scott prides himself on his defence. He is also strong going forward.'

Davies is one of the most under-rated players in National One and his value to Bees was shown when he limped off with an ankle injury in the historic win over Wasps.

Without the Welshman their season ebbed to a disappointing end so Williams will have his work cut out to win the No 12 shirt.

He is the second centre to arrive at Sharmans Cross Road during the summer following Simon Martin who joined from Coventry last month. Dan Zaltzman is Bees' other signing, having been released by Worcester at the end of last season.

Meanwhile, Sixways new boy Pat Sanderson has been dropped from the England side touring Canada in the Churchill Cup.

The former Harlequins openside, who joined Warriors at the end of last season, has been replaced in the back row by Leicester's Will Johnson, brother of ex-England skipper Martin.

Sanderson picked up an injury in last week's match against Canada, which England won 48-23, but has recovered sufficiently to take a place on the bench.

That change is one of five made to the side to face New Zealand Maori in tomrrow's final.

Newcastle's Dave Walder replaces the injured Alex King at fly-half while George Chuter and Paul Sackey come in for hooker Matt Cairns and wing Michael Horak.

England Women have included four Worcester players in their line-up to take on the Black Ferns in tomorrow's Churchill Cup final.

Nicky Crawford has been named on the wing, Jo Yapp at scrum-half and Selena Rudge will play hooker. Full-back Kim Shaylor has been named on the bench.

England Counties are also touring Canada where Coventry scrum-half Shaun Perry, the former Dudley Kingswinford No 9, is in the side to play Rugby Canada Super League All Stars in Edmonton tonight after a strong showing in last weekend's victory over Vancouver Island Crimson Tide.

Stourbridge's Craig Jones takes a place on the bench but Moseley's winger James Aston, who started in the first match, has not made the 22.
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Date:Jun 18, 2004
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