Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Williams to face Rhinos

Contrasting fortunes for international wingers for Club Challenge

Australia Test player David Williams has been passed fit to make his comeback for Manly in Friday's Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge against Leeds - who look likely to be without winger Lee Smith.

International winger Williams missed the Sea Eagles' Grand Final triumph last October with a broken neck, but he is included in Manly's 20-strong travelling squad and will be named in coach Geoff Toovey's team later this week. "He looks good," Toovey told a press conference at Headingley, venue for Friday's game. "He's got through training really well. "There was a bit of doubt whether he'd come over last week. He had to pass a fitness test, not only for his neck but he had a foot injury last month. It's a big boost. David's a very confident player. It was a fairly serious injury and he's really excited to be back playing football." Williams is one of nine survivors from the Manly team that beat Leeds 28-20 in the 2009 World Club Challenge at Elland Road. While Manly welcome back a top winger, the Rhinos are due to be without one with coach Brian McDermott says his chances of playing are 'slim' due to a rib injury. - http://www1.skysports.com/


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