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28 Apr 2006

Performance Director Dave Collins - whose role is to maximise GB’s medal-winning potential in track and field at Olympic Games and himself a former rugby prop - ruefully remembers Williams senior and has high hopes for Williams Junior:

"Rhys has made a big splash in athletics. He is showing the right level of commitment and a healthy and robust attitude to competition. I like to see it, want to see more of it – and I have forgiven his father for side-stepping me, to my embarrassment, when we first met on a rugby pitch."

Notable achievements for the one-lap wonder include winning the European Under-23 Championships over 400m in 2005. World Championship selection for the senior GB team followed in Helsinki, where he impressed in making the semi-final.