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Liam Williams not focused on rivalry with Leigh Halfpenny

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Scarlets full-back Liam Williams has insisted that he will not be focusing on a personal dual between himself and fellow Welshman Leigh Halfpenny when his side meet Toulon in the European Champions Cup on Sunday.

The duo are the two standout options for Wales boss Warren Gatland ahead of the upcoming Autumn Internationals.

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Scarlets star puts down a marker

Williams has staked a real claim to the number 15 shirt this november, putting in consistently strong performances for the Welsh club, whilst British and Irish Lion Halfpenny has just returned from injury in time for the start of the tests.

Williams maintains that the two are good mates, but he is focussed on winning the game for his side rather than distracting himself with personal battles.

In an interview with the South Wales Post he insisted: "I'm really close to Leigh off the field, we get on really well," he said, "I'm not looking too much at him to be honest. I will be going out there to play my own game.

"The autumn internationals are so close, but I'm not looking there yet. I have work to do for the Scarlets before the squad is even announced.”

European challenge will test credentials to the full

The 23-year-old has struggled with discipline in recent times, being shown two yellow cards at the beginning of this season, as well as a bad tackle on South Africa's Cornal Hendricks in his last appearance for Wales resulting in penalty try for the Springboks to win the match.

“There are a few people out there who don’t want to see me play in a Welsh jersey again after the South Africa tour,” he added.

“I try not to take too much notice of the negative comments. It gives me motivation. I wake up in the morning, get myself into work and ensure that I continue to want to become a better player.”

Both players will be hoping to make the squad for the first game of the Internationals against an under performing Wallabies side, but who will be wearing the coveted no. 15 jersey is still yet to be settled.

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