In an irregular pre-season on account of the World Cup many players are only just returning to training this past week, well into the New Year as opposed to in early December when most would normally do so.
As of now most of the internationals who featured at the World Cup have returned to their respective clubs as they build towards pre-season friendlies and one of those is England and Warrington’s number seven George Williams.
Williams has an up and down season at Warrington in 2022, mainly on account of the team’s struggles in general, but he was excellent at the World Cup and justified Shaun Wane’s faith in him.
The scrum-half impressed so much so that he earned himself a place in the World Cup Team of the Tournament, as voted for by a panel of experts, but that doesn’t cover up the disappointment for Williams.
Speaking to the club’s social media team in a video shared to their Twitter and as part of their WireTV Williams commented on the experience.
“I’m proud but obviously massively disappointed. I don’t think I’ve ever been as rattled after a game or after a loss,” Williams said.
“It took me a good few weeks of that being all that I could think about, I was living the dream playing for my country and then that dream ends pretty much the day after you go home and it’s done.
“It was a dream that was probably shattered and hopefully I get another crack at it. I look back with a smile on my face, it was a pleasurable six weeks but it did rattle me.”
📽️ @George7Williams reflects on his World Cup campaign and looks ahead to Round 1 in our latest WireTV feature
— Warrington Wolves (@WarringtonRLFC) January 11, 2023
Williams will have a new playing partner in 2023 following the departure of Gareth Widdop and the acquisition of Josh Drinkwater from Catalans.
Wire fans will have to wait until at least February 4th when Warrington play their first of two pre-season friendlies against Leigh to see the partnership, or potentially even the Super League opener when the Wolves host Leeds Rhinos in just over five weeks.