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World Cup winner Williams back at Nottingham

15 December 2011

  • World Cup winner Ali Williams to join Nottingham Rugby Board
  • I owe a lot to Nottingham - Williams

World Cup winning All Black Ali Williams joins Nottingham Rugby Board

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All Blacks World Cup winning lock Ali Williams has this week been appointed to the Nottingham Rugby Board, where he is aiming to help the club realise its ambition to make it to the Premiership.

Williams spent a month playing for the Green & Whites earlier this year, when he played four matches for the side, before returning to New Zealand to rejoin the Blues for the Super Rugby season and ultimately claim his World Cup winning medal with the All Blacks.

After being sidelined for two years with career threatening achilles tendon injuries, Ali joined Nottingham to begin his mental and physical comeback to top flight rugby with the aim of making it into the All Blacks World Cup squad. He did just that, playing in the final and is keen to show his gratitude for what he described as being ‘key to his return’ to the sport.

He said: "Nottingham played a huge part in my return to rugby and I owe them a lot. I am a huge supporter of the club and after starting me off on the road to recovery I feel a real affinity with the people at Nottingham Rugby and want to repay the favour."

The former Nottingham Rugby player will take up a position on the Board of Directors, offering an advisory role to the club, helping to strengthen the pathway at Nottingham for players from the southern hemisphere.

Williams added: "Nottingham’s game is constantly improving and the team are on the rise. I hope to bring my playing experiences and knowledge of worldwide rugby to the club, ensuring the game continues to be the best it can be and hopefully help the club on its way to the Premiership."

Nottingham Director of Rugby Glenn Delaney said: "Ali is a fantastic player with years of experience at the very top of world rugby. He has a great deal of knowledge about the game, especially in the southern hemisphere and we are excited about the prospect of him returning to Meadow Lane.

"We had a great win against second place London Welsh last week, but we can’t stand still and will have to continue to improve if we want to challenge for a place in the Premiership. Ali’s appointment will help us do just that."

Alistair Bow, Chairman of Nottingham Rugby, added: "We are delighted to welcome Ali to the board here at Nottingham. He was a great asset to the club when he was with us earlier in the season as a player, and I have no doubt he’ll prove just as influential as a board director. His appointment demonstrates the club’s commitment to furthering our ambitions to play top flight rugby here at Meadow Lane as we strengthen our resources both on and off the field."