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Former rugby international Martyn Williams named as Wales team manager

The 44-year-old retired in 2012 with 104 caps as an openside. Credit: PA Images

Former Wales star Martyn Williams has been named team manager following Alan Phillips' appointment as director of operations for the Lions.

Williams will take on the role on 1st January and becomes the fourth ex-skipper of the national side to join head coach Wayne Pivac's management team alongside Stephen Jones, Jonathan Humphreys and Sam Warburton.

The 44-year-old retired in 2012 having amassed 104 caps as an openside over an extraordinary 16-year test career.

Williams receiving his MBE for services to rugby in 2012 Credit: PA Images

"Martyn is a fantastic appointment for us and it is great to have someone of his statue and experience in the role," Pivac said.

"He is hugely respected across the game, from players, coaches, supporters and media alike and I believe he will be a great addition to our management team."

Williams replaces former Wales hooker Phillips, who spent almost 18 years in the post in a period that spanned five World Cups.

Wayne Pivac will take charge of his first Wales match against the Barbarians Credit: PA Images

"Wayne has put together an experienced management team and we have an excellent crop of players here in Wales and I'm looking forward to working with them all," Williams said.

"I hope to bring not only my rugby experience but experiences I have gathered from the world of business and help the squad in any way I can.

"Alan has done a fantastic job as team manager and I thoroughly enjoyed the environment and playing under him and I wish him all the best with the new role with the Lions."

Wales' clash with the Barbarians in Cardiff on Saturday November 30 will be Phillips' final match.

Martyn Williams in action against England in the 2010 Six Nations Credit: PA Images