Captain Williams won't change

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:01
Large ali williams 630 Large ali williams hands stretche Large ali williams hand on knees

Colourful Blues lock Ali Williams insists his new role as captain for the 2013 Super Rugby won’t change him as a player or a person.

Colourful Blues lock Ali Williams insists his new role as captain for the 2013 Super Rugby won’t change him as a player or a person.

The Super Rugby centurion was selected by new coach John Kirwan as skipper of the franchise as fellow All Black Keven Mealamu is taking a sabbatical and is only expected to return in March.

Williams is known as the class clown of the squads he is in but he insists he won’t change his playful ways.

"I don't think I'll change as a person, but in terms of my responsibilities as a person, yeah they've got to change," Williams said.

"There's one thing we embrace here and are going to embrace, you've got to be your own person. There's a reason why these guys are great athletes, because of their personality and I don't think we can hide that.

“But like me, it's just controlling it and bringing it out at the right time and there's a saying if you're having fun you're going to do it better, so it's what I want."

The 77-Test veteran boasts a wealth of experience but admits he has plenty to learn from a captaincy perspective, having last captained Auckland at age-grade level.

"It was always an ambition [to be captain], I didn't think I would be, but you lead in different ways I guess. I think the only thing that's changed is that I've got captain to my name to be honest.

"I've been around a bit, I've seen a lot of captains, I've been under a lot of great captains. The thing that I've done over the last few weeks is I've gone and asked and sourced information.

"I don't claim to know everything, I don't know half of it, but for me it's a great challenge and something that I can now strive to get better at and lead a team that I'm very passionate about."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 12 February 2016
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h30 Kingspan Stadium
Leinster v Zebre 19h30 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers 19h45 Kingston Park
Scarlets v Edinburgh 20h15 Parc y Scarlets
Sat, 13 February 2016
Treviso v Cardiff Blues 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
France v Ireland 14h25 Paris
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Northampton Saints v London Irish 15h00 Franklin's Gardens
Worcester Warriors v Bath 15h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Wales v Scotland 16h50 Cardiff
Sun, 14 February 2016
Italy v England 14h00 Rome
Saracens v Wasps 16h00 Allianz Park
Munster v Ospreys 17h00 Irish Independent Park
Mon, 15 February 2016
NMMU-Madibaz v Maties 14h45 Port Elizabeth
UP-Tuks v Shimlas 16h30 Pretoria
CUT-Ixias v UCT-Ikeys 16h30 Bloemfontein
TUT v UWC 16h30 Pretoria
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16h30 Pietermaritzburg
NWU-Pukke v UJ 17h00 Potchefstroom
Thu, 18 February 2016
Fort Hare v Wits 16h30 East London
TUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Pretoria
Fri, 19 February 2016
Zebre v Leinster 22h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Force 0 0 0 0 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Blues 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 0 0 0 0 0
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Cheetahs 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Sharks 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 0 0 0 0 0
Kings 0 0 0 0 0