Williams makes steady progress

Cardiff Blues have issued an encouraging bulletin on centre Owen Williams, who suffered a spinal injury in June.

The 22-year-old, a Wales international, has been at Welsh Spinal Injuries and Neurological Rehabilitation Unit since July as he continues his long road towards recovery.

A Blues statement read: "Owen is now tolerating periods of time sitting up in a wheelchair, allowing him the chance to spend short periods of time outside the hospital.

"He is also starting to use the gym at the hospital for early upper limb rehabilitation.

"It remains very early in his recovery, but support for the #StayStrongForOws campaign worldwide has been a huge inspiration for Owen, his family and friends.

"Over 14,000 #StayStrongForOws wristbands have now been sold and fundraising continues, in association with the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust, to support Owen."

Williams suffered the injury against Asia Pacific Dragons in a World Club 10s play-off game in Singapore.