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Williams gains praise from French flyer
February 8, 2000

French winger Emile Ntamack has singled out Welsh replacement wing Shane Williams as an excellent prospect for the future.
The diminutive Neath player had a nightmare start after replacing Dafydd James for the last 10 minutes on Saturday, when one of his first acts in test rugby was to throw a past which the Toulouse player gratefully accepted to streak in for his 24th test try.
However afterwards Ntamack was generous for his praise of the rookies overall skills.
"He looked a very good player," said Ntamack, "He made a mistake when he threw the ball out to me, but everyone makes mistakes. He is young and can learn from that."
"While he may be small, he is fast and very elusive. He is a good player for the future."
The 40 times capped French man was also sure that the Welsh could bounce straight back from the defeat at the Millennium stadium. "The championship has six teams this year, so there is another game for everyone and maybe the significance of that has been underestimated," he said.
"Wales played one-dimensional rugby against us and missed Scott Gibbs and Craig Quinnell, but they have a very good coach in Graham Henry and a number of experienced players. They will recover."

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