Williams' family overwhelmed by support
August 6, 2014
Owen Williams is recovery from a serious spinal injury © Getty Images
Owen Williams' brother Gavin has said the Welsh centre is "overwhelmed" by the support he has received since the serious injury he picked up six weeks ago.
Williams sustained a spinal injury while playing in the Singapore 10s and has since been flown back to Cardiff where he is being treated in Rookwood Hospital. The Blues released a statement on Tuesday saying Williams was "making progress" in the recovery from his injury and has improving function in his upper limbs.
"From then up until now Owen's been brilliant, inspirational really," Owen's brother Gavin told the BBC. "He's just been really positive, his spirits are good. He's up and down obviously as anyone would be, but when he's up he's very up and he just keeps us going really.
"I'm am [proud of him] and I'm going to be - it's going to be a tough time for him, a long road, but he's the one person who will definitely pull through it."
Gavin also said the family have been overwhelmed by the support offered to Owen. "He's had messages from [Australian rugby internationals] David Pocock and Quade Cooper," he said. "Everyone really you can think of in the rugby world has just given him that extra boost that he's going to need.
"Reading the messages with Owen by his bedside it's overwhelming really, but he needs the support now and it's great. You can't put it into words to be honest with you. The whole of the WRU coaching staff have been there, Rob Howley, Robin McBryde, Shaun Edwards. Everyone's been in touch."
He also added his own thanks to the Blues. "The support they have given us has been incredible really and a special mention to Gavin Cooper the team manager who has been with us and with Owen since day one out in Singapore and he stayed out there longer away from his family. He's just gone the extra mile for Owen and he's bringing him Greggs' pasties and all sorts."
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