Owen Williams: Injured player gets surprise visit from Quade Cooper

Australia fly-half Quade Cooper (right) has also donated a signed shirt to Owen Williams as he continues his recovery
Australia fly-half Quade Cooper (right) has also donated a signed shirt to Owen Williams as he continues his recovery

Injured Cardiff Blues rugby player Owen Williams has been visited by Australia fly-half Quade Cooper.

Williams suffered a "significant injury" to his spine while playing in a tournament in Singapore in June.

The 23-year-old is progressing in his recovery and is sitting up and spending time out of hospital.

Quade Cooper has been thanked by Owen Williams' family for his kindness
Quade Cooper has been thanked by Owen Williams' family for his kindness

Cooper tweeted: "Great meeting @Owilliams91 today! Such an inspiration with his strength of character! #StayStrongForOws".

Williams' brother, Gavin, also revealed on Twitter that Cooper, who was left out of Saturday's autumn international against Wales in Cardiff, had donated a Wallabies shirt.

"Massive thanks to @QuadeCooper for taking the time to visit my brother this weekend and donating his jerseys! #legend", Gavin Williams tweeted.

Owen Williams, capped four times by Wales, was injured in the first half of the Blues' 26-17 defeat by Asia Pacific Dragons in the third-place play-off of the World Club 10s.

He was initially treated in Singapore before being transferred by air ambulance back to Wales and then onto the Welsh Spinal Injuries and Neurological Rehabilitation Unit in early July.

After the former Aberdare RFC player was injured, a social media campaign was launched using the hashtag StayStrongForOws, which received support from around the world.

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