FLY-HALF Owen Williams is all set for a return from Japan – but his Test exile will continue after signing for Worcester Warriors.

Williams, a former pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera, appears to have effectively ended his chances of representing his country again.

The play-maker, capped just three times for Wales, has been plying his trade in Japan for Red Hurricanes, after leaving Gloucester last year.

He had been linked with a possible move back to Wales – but the move to Worcester will keep him out of contention for international selection.

The 29-year-old, from Ystradgynlais, is well short of the 60 caps required to play outside of Wales and still be eligible for national selection.

Williams, who started his career with Llanelli, before representing Scarlets, said he is looking forward to returning to the Premiership.

He is one of several exciting new signings to have committed to Worcester, who are coached by former Wales star Jonathan Thomas.

"I’m really excited about the opportunity to join up with Worcester Warriors for next season,” Williams said.

“After speaking with JT, it is clear that he has a clear understanding and vision for the rugby side of the club.

"He has made some exciting signings to supplement what is already a competitive squad.

“I am really looking forward to playing in the Premiership again, and joining up with my new team-mates in the summer."

Williams previously played for Leicester Tigers between 2013 and 2017, and for Gloucester Rugby until the end of last season, before his move to Japan.

His three international caps, all came in 2013, which included a try in the win over Tonga in Cardiff.

He was recalled by Wales for the 2020 Six Nations match against Ireland as a replacement, but was injured in the warm-up and forced to withdraw.

Williams, who can also play at centre, will also link up again with his former Gloucester half-back partner Willi Heinz, the former England scrum-half.

“In our recruitment we are looking for quality players but also quality people and good leaders,” said Warriors head coach Jonathan Thomas.

“I have not worked with Owen before, but a lot of people who have speak very highly of him.

“He’s an experienced player now, and he is very good at driving messages, team culture and standards.

“He’s a huge signing for the club. He’s in Japan at the moment but he has a lot of Premiership experience from his time with Leicester and Gloucester.

“His versatility, with his ability to play at ten or 12, gives us good balance.

“There is also a natural connection and combination with Owen and Willi. They know each other well so there is a chemistry there.”

Williams became the fifth international to be signed by Warriors for next season.

Heinz, Scotland wing Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh), Wales hooker Scott Baldwin (Harlequins) and Tonga number eight Sione Vailanu (Wasps) had already joined.