Williams out of Super 14



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The ill fortune continues for highly promising Paul Williams, the Auckland fullback drafted into the Highlanders for the Rebel Sport Super 14.

Williams, 22, has had to withdraw from the Highlanders because of continuing effects of the broken leg he sustained when playing for the Highlanders against the Blues in 2003.

‘We all feel for the young man,’ Highlanders coach Greg Cooper said today. ‘It’s an awful thing when a player of great promise has such a run of bad luck from the one injury.’

Williams, a son of All Black great Bryan, was also drafted into the Highlanders in 2004 but also had to withdraw because of continuing problems with the leg. Cooper said Williams had undergone all the rehabilitation required of him but an infection where a pin had been inserted had led to the latest setback.

Williams was not available for comment today, but Cooper said he ‘was devastated, as you’d expect.’

Williams played six matches for the Highlanders in 2003.

His replacement in the Highlanders will be Richard Kahui, drafted in from the Chiefs wider training group.

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