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Rugby star reveals how speech therapy helps him do interviews

Monday 19th November 2018
Rugby player Liam Williams has revealed how speech therapy is helping him do interviews as his international career hits a major landmark.
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Welsh rugby star Liam Williams has revealed how speech therapy for a stammer could help him to do more interviews with the media. 

Speaking to Wales Online, he said the speech issue he has struggled with since childhood has caused him to avoid encounters with a camera and  microphone.

However, he revealed, a chat with former Wales skipper Gareth Thomas for the BBC Wales Scrum V programme prompted him to seek help from a speech therapist in London, where he now plays for Saracens. 

During the BBC interview, he had explained how during his time playing for Welsh side Scarlets he often did interviews, but would struggle with his speech, particularly when there was a lot of people around him. 

Reflecting on how people responded to the interview with Gareth Thomas and how it prompted him to seek more help, Williams said: "The reaction (to the Scrum V interview) has been pretty positive.

"I don’t normally do any of the television stuff, I just don’t like all the cameras being there and especially with it being live.

"I have started speech therapy lessons in London again and they are going well and I will keep going with that."

He added that he hoped his own experience and public comments about his stammer could be useful in helping youngsters who have speech impediments to seek help and overcome their problems.

The player has been in big demand for interviews in the past week, as last Saturday (November 12th) saw him win his 50th cap for Wales in the match against Tonga.

He was able to mark the occasion in style, scoring two of his team's ten tries as they thrashed Tonga 74-24.

Afterwards, Williams was clearly happy to conduct an extensive interview for the Welsh Rugby Union website, commenting that he was "very, very proud" to have reached a half-century of caps for his country.

Written by Martin Lambert

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