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Williams wants footy, not beard, to star

By Todd Balym 18/06/2009 08:30:08 PM Comments (0)

NSW winger David Williams says he wants his football and not his facial hair to be the talking point after his State of Origin debut next week.

The Manly star is expected to dye his pink beard sky blue for the game, but it will be his quest to lower the colours of Maroons centre Greg Inglis that he wants to be the focus at ANZ Stadium.

Williams earned his Origin debut mainly because of his strong club connection with NSW centre Jamie Lyon, their right side combination the key to cutting down Inglis.

The threatening Queensland centre has been the star in two of the Maroons' past three Origin wins in succession but Williams is confident the Manly duo can silence the NSW-born Inglis.

"He is a tough man to tackle at the best of times, let alone when he steps it up for Origin," said Williams.

"It certainly is a challenge but we're looking forward to it.

"There's not much bad you can say about him any time. He is a quality player and even when he is in bad form he can still pick it up at any time and make you look like an idiot.

"It's a tough job but me and Killer (Lyon), the pair of us should be able to do a good job."

Williams admits his facial hair and the cult hero status that came with it last year has put more pressure on him to perform in big matches.

He starred for Australia in two Tests during last year's World Cup, but he knows the nerves will be flying come Wednesday night in Sydney.

"I think they will be peaking," he said.

"I think it makes you more alert and a bit more adrenaline running through the blood which can't be a bad thing.

"It will get me a bit more pumped."

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