Wales star Liam Williams secures swift move to Scarlets from Saracens while compatriot Rhys Webb joins Bath from Toulon during Six Nations campaign
- Liam Williams has made a swift exit from Saracens after their salary cap disaster
- It was confirmed on Tuesday that he will link up with the Scarlets for rest of term
- Rhys Webb will be a Bath player for the rest of the season after leaving Toulon
Welsh duo Liam Williams and Rhys Webb have confirmed mid-season moves to Scarlets and Bath respectively during the Six Nations.
As Sportsmail reported last month, full back Williams has made a swift departure from under-fire European and English champions Saracens after their salary cap disaster.
And it was confirmed on Tuesday that he will link up with the Scarlets – his former Welsh region which he left in 2017 – for the remainder of the season.
Liam Williams has secured a move to Scarlets after making a swift departure from Saracens
Williams is currently returning from injury, having not played since injuring his ankle at the World Cup, but he could play this weekend in the Pro14 match against Munster.
If released for the game later this week by Wales, the 62-cap back could use it as a way of proving his fitness for the next Six Nations game at Twickenham against England.
Williams’ exit from disgraced Saracens has come early as the club look to slash their wage-bill by offloading their over-paid stars.
It had been confirmed in January that Williams would become a Scarlet in the summer, but the move has been accelerated.
Williams said of the quick switch: ‘I’m really excited about returning to the Scarlets & would like to thank everyone involved for their support in making it happen.
Wales star Williams has not played since injuring his ankle at the World Cup in Japan
‘I’ve had a fantastic few years at Saracens and will take some very happy memories away with me.’
Saracens were fined £5.36m and docked 110 points for consistent breaches of the Premiership salary cap, after a Sportsmail investigation a year ago sparked a look at their books.
They will play in the second-tier Championship next season having been rounded on by the other top-flight clubs and forced to be relegated for their indiscretions.
Williams was on around £230,000-a-year in London but will earn closer to £400,000-a-year in West Wales next season.
Meanwhile, Webb will be a Bath player for the rest of the season having secured a move from Toulon after the French club ripped up his contract.
Toulon were angered when Wales’ Professional Game Board (PRB) ruled he could be made available for this Six Nations because he was returning to the Ospreys next season.
Rhys Webb has joined Bath having secured a departure from French outfit Toulon
Originally Webb was banned from being selected as he fell foul of the 60-cap threshold players on Wales are required to meet if they want to play outside the country.
His move to Bath – where he will play from as early as this Sunday’s match against Bristol until June’s end of the season – will not preclude him from Wales selection as the PGB decision still stands.
Webb’s presence at The Rec will boost their chances of making the Premiership top-four playoffs at the end of the season.
Director of rugby Stuart Hooper said: ‘We’re very excited to be bringing in an international talent to join the group, and to add some depth and quality to our scrum-half position at such a critical time of the year, and also after losing Max Green last month.
‘Obviously there will be some familiar faces for him here, and a signing of this calibre is something I know will be welcomed by the squad. I’m sure he’ll settle in quickly and I know he is looking for some game time as soon as possible.
‘We’re looking forward to getting him in the Blue, Black and White and out in front of our supporters at the Rec.’
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