Rhodri Williams has impressed for the Scarlets so far this season
Wales and Scarlets scrum half Rhodri Williams admits his progression to full international honours this season has taken him by surprise.
It's come around very quickly and I never expected to be in the Welsh squad in the autumn
The number nine is enjoying an impressive first campaign in west Wales and made his international bow in the recent Dove Men Series.
Williams featured as a replacement against both Samoa and Australia after being named in Warren Gatland's squad for the first time. A pair of Welsh caps completed a memorable year for the 20-year-old Llandovery product, who was a key man for Wales Under 20 in their run to the final at last summer's Junior World Championship.
"It's come around very quickly and I never expected to be in the Welsh squad in the autumn," said Williams.
"I had a good run of games before it and I was lucky enough to be involved. I didn't expect to win two caps, when I was named in the squad I was hoping to gain some experience but I was pleased with how it went."
After his involvement in the Wales squad, Williams has now turned his attentions to regional duties as the Scarlets prepare for a pair of Christmas derby clashes with the Ospreys. Simon Easterby's men welcome the Ospreys to Parc y Scarlets on Boxing Day before the return fixture in Swansea on January 3.
"At the moment I'm trying to concentrate on the region, secure my spot and see what happens from there," added Williams.
"We've got the Ospreys back-to-back and we've got to win both of those games if we want to move up the league. They will be great games to be a part of and I'm looking forward to it."
After defeat to Munster on Saturday, the Scarlets go into Christmas in seventh place in the RaboDirect PRO12, three places below the Ospreys.
Looking ahead to the derby fixtures, Williams said: "If our discipline isn't right we are going to struggle to win the game, especially against the Ospreys with the kickers they've got.
"Dan Biggar will kick us back into the corners and Sam Davies is playing 15 at the moment so territory will be key. If we keep getting pushed back, we won't get anywhere.
"I'll be hoping to start the derby games, there is a lot of competition with us but hopefully I'll get a chance and I can perform."
Birthday boy Hallam Amos gets the perfect present with his selection on the wing for Wales ahead of Alex Cuthbert as Warren Gatland's men prepare to face England at Twickenham tomorrow in a crucial pool game of the World Cup
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
Captain Sam Warburton admits he is devastated for Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny who will both miss the World Cup due to injury but he is confident Wales' strength in depth will see his side bounce back and mount a serious challenge.
Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards says Wales will go into the World Cup still hurting from the semi-final defeat four years ago in New Zealand. But before that, there is the small matter of Italy, tomorrow at the Millennium Stadium.
They may have been stretched to breaking point by having six players sent to the sin-bin in their opening two matches, but the Scarlets have nonetheless emerged with two successive victories after adding the scalp of Ulster to that of Glasgow Warriors.
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