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Rugby league: Williams is a real Euro star

FLINTSHIRE’S Rhys Williams has won his first international honour for the Wales rugby league side.

The Warrington Wolves winger played a starring role as the Principality beat Serbia 88-8 in the quarter-finals of the European Cup, with Williams bagging a brace of tries, and he got in on the act again as Scotland were put to the sword 28-16 in the final.

Former Mold RUFC player Williams, 19, scored the final touchdown as Wales lifted the European trophy for a fifth time at Bridgend on Saturday night.

It was also the first honour of legend Iestyn Harris’ coaching career, and the former Welsh skipper was delighted with his rising stars.

Harris believes the future of Wales rugby is in safe hands, saying: “We showed maturity for a young team against a more experienced and a bigger side and that bodes well for the future.

“I am extremely delighted to get the win, especially because the squad is so youthful and we had to gel together pretty quickly.

“So what they did was near on outstanding and the sky is the limit for this team as we should improve and go from strength to strength.”