Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rugby Union: Help Gives Dan, Will to Shin; in Association with Jolly Fitness

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rugby Union: Help Gives Dan, Will to Shin; in Association with Jolly Fitness

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Byline: By NICK PUREWAL

DANNY WILLIAMS could not ask for a better set of team-mates to smooth the transfer from rugby league to life at Newcastle Falcons.

The Leeds Rhinos convert has run in four tries in his last four starts as he gets to grips with life in the Guinness Premiership.

Hoping to make that five in five against Brive at Kingston Park tonight (kick-off 7.40pm), Williams revealed the depth of support he has received since arriving in the North East.

Steve Bates' men must win to keep European Challenge Cup last-eight hopes alive tonight, and Williams is desperate to make that happen.

Never having played any rugby union, Williams admitted he did struggle at first as he battled with the tackle area.

However, with cheeky chap and housemate Alex Tait always ready with a practical joke and a word of encouragement, flying winger Williams said he was up to speed in no time.

Williams said: "Alex is a really funny character, he is pretty funny at home.

"We do video work together as well, so he has helped me settle in.

"He is already a very good player, but he has the potential to be world-class when he is older.

"It is great to be living with someone like him and learning from him all the time too."

Aside from Tait Junior, Williams said all the players have taken time out to help him master the ruck situation - probably the biggest difference between league and union.

He added: "The ruck is the main thing I have been having a few problems with, but everything seems to be coming along well and I am working hard at that with the coaches.

"It is just looking after the ball, staying strong after the ball and not getting pushed off it or anything like that.

"You have to hold on to the ball for grim life while you are on your feet, then fight to get it down and back on your side when support comes in and you can go to ground. …

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