Welsh fans launch internet campaign to get Martyn Williams 100th cap
Stuck on 99 caps and on the verge of retirement, Wales flanker Martyn Williams had look destined to fall just short of a century of caps for his country. But wait...
Cardiff Blues flanker Williams, one of the finest players of his generation, was last capped for Wales back in August and did not feature in the Grand Slam winning squad this season.
The 36-year old has earned 99 caps for his country since making his debut back in 1996, but his impending retirement at the end of this campaign means he is destined to miss out on becoming Wales’ third ever centurion after Gareth Thomas and Stephen Jones.
Williams may yet achieve that milestone, however, as Wales are due to play the Barbarians next month before heading on a tour of Australia and Wales fans believe that the occasion should be used to give Williams his 100th cap and ensure his place in Wesh rugby lore for generations to come.
An internet campaign has been launched on Williams’ behalf and although the decision is out of his hands somewhat, he admitted that it would be “lovely” to win his 100th cap against the Baa-Baas.
"I am flattered by the public's opinion that I should play against the Barbarians and win my 100th cap and the reaction has surprised me but I cannot talk about it one way or the other," he added.
The honour would be even more fitting because Williams will be denied a chance to say farewell to Cardiff Blues supporters against Llanelli Scarlets this weekend because of a shoulder injury, but should have recovered in time to play against the Barbarians if he is selected.
It’s not as if the Welsh side would be going out of their way to accommodate him either, because a number of players will already be in Australia preparing for the three test series against the Wallabies and the usual incumbent of the number seven shirt, Sam Warburton, is currently struggling with injury.
Considering that it's not exactly a must-win encounter, it would be a lovely gesture to Williams and a fitting end to a career that included two Grand Slam triumphs and three Grand Slam triumphs.
From an Irish perspective, maybe we could consider doing something similar for Peter Stringer, who is currently stranded on 98 caps, having been last capped against England last year.
If an internet campaign is what it takes, then let's get the ball rolling right here.