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Priestland, Williams nearing return

Wales internationals Rhys Priestland and Scott Williams are both expected to be fit for the start of next season.

The Scarlets pair missed Wales' recent South Africa tour because of injuries.

Fly-half Priestland underwent a knee operation after he was hurt during the Scarlets' final RaboDirect PRO12 game of last term, while centre Williams has not played due to shoulder trouble and subsequent surgery since Wales' RBS 6 Nations defeat against Ireland in Dublin last February.

" Rhys is now five weeks post-operation, and he's already back on the bike," Scarlets medical chief Andrew Walker said.

"He is increasing strength around his knee and also increasing calf strength due to his previous Achilles injury.

"We will look to run Rhys in two weeks' time and expect him fit for the start of the season."

The Scarlets said that Williams will return to full contact training towards the end of next month.

And Wales squad hooker Emyr Phillips, who had shoulder surgery in April, will participate in full pre-season training next week.

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