SWINDON prop Gary Williamson has revealed his pride at being given the chance to represent Dorset & Wilts for the second year running.
The front row has just completed his second season with Swindon RFC, having made the move from Wootton Bassett, and his impressive displays for the Greenbridge Road side have now earned him another shot at country level rugby.
Following Wednesday night’s training session, Williamson has been selected to start today’s County Championship opener against Berkshire at Ballards Ash and is keen to make an impact as he continues to develop his career.
“It’s always something to be proud of because everyone wants to be playing Dorset & Wilts rugby because, if you are, it show’s you’ve been playing well for your club,” he said.
“It’s a great level to play at and an honour to represent your county and, having played for them last year I can’t wait to play for them again.
“We’re looking forward to the game and we have a very fit, young squad and we are going out there to score some tries.
“We go into the campaign hoping to get to Twickenham, as everyone does, but we need to take one game at a time. We had a brief meeting on Wednesday about our aims and goals and obviously getting to Twickenham is top of that list.”
Williamson left Bassett before their move from Stoneover Lane to Ballards Ash but, as he prepares to run out at his old club’s new home, he’s impressed with Bassett’s new surroundings.
“It’s a different ground but I’m really looking forward to playing back at Bassett again because I enjoyed playing there before,” he said.
“We trained their earlier in the week and the pitches are really nice and the clubhouse is great, so the facilities there are really good now which is great for the club and for local rugby.
“When I was playing at Bassett a lot of people were talking about how good the facilities would be if we were able to move and it’s great to see it all now.”
Today’s game kicks-off at 3pm, with entrance £2 for all.