Tom Williams: Bloodgate was the worst time of my life - it left me devastated

Tom Williams has broken his silence on his role in the Bloodgate scandal — describing it as the worst time of his life.

Williams, who received a five-month ban last season for his part in faking the blood injury, said: ‘The worst time of my life, it really was. It is not something I try to dwell on.’

The Harlequins wing has refused interview requests since the incident in April 2009 but now believes he must try to move on.

He explained (in a local newspaper interview): ‘You learn from the experience and you learn from the errors you make. The fall-out was devastating. A lot of good people suffered as a result. It was a horrible situation.

‘Have we learned lessons? Huge lessons. Have I, as an individual? Of course I have, but hopefully other people have learned those lessons as a result and don’t make the same errors we made.’

Nadir: Williams

Nadir: Williams

Williams returned to first-team action for Harlequins last season and has cemented his place this campaign.

He has one more year on his contract at Quins and has not ruled out the possibility of moving abroad to play.

‘I love it at Quins and I think the club are going places. I don’t think I’d move to another English club, if I did leave I’d move abroad.’

The fall-out from the scandal brought the resignation of Quins chairman Charles Jillings and a three-year ban for director of rugby Dean Richards.

Former club physio Steph Brennan this week launched a High Court appeal after he was struck off by the Health Professions Council.

Lions captain Paul O’Connell is considering an appeal against a four-week ban for elbowing Wales’ flanker Jonathan Thomas.

O’Connell was sent off in Munster’s Heineken Cup win over Ospreys last Sunday, but claimed he had ‘barely touched’ Thomas.

But a disciplinary panel in Dublin yesterday, chaired by England’s disciplinary officer
Jeff Blackett, found him guilty of striking Thomas and banned the lock until January 10.

Munster officials said they would consider an appeal in an effort to have O’Connell
free to play in three Magners League games over the holiday period.

The European season continues tonight when Saracens, who have lost all three pool games so far, meet Racing Metro in Paris.

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