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Samoa can make quarter-finals - Williams

Having helped the Barbarians beat Samoa at the weekend, fullback Paul Williams believes his former side can make the quarter-finals along with South Africa from Pool B of the Rugby World Cup.

Williams, who has played 18 Tests for Samoa, missed selection for this year's tournament but was a member of their wider training group and made his first appearance for the Barbarians in their 27-24 win at the Olympic Stadium in London, now known as The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Now playing in France for Stade Francais, Williams said Samoa could head off Scotland, Japan and the United States to join South Africa as qualifiers.

"It is a very well-balanced pool, and if they take any of the teams lightly they could come undone but, equally, they've got the potential there to do really well and make their way out of the pool," he told rugbyworldcup.com.

Williams, who played for Samoa at the last World Cup in New Zealand in 2011, said: "I really enjoyed my time at the last World Cup.

"It would have been a great occasion to have been able to represent the country again on such a world stage but that's rugby sometimes."

Williams, who has been told by Samoa's head coach Stephen Betham that he is still in team management's sights.

For the moment, Williams is looking to build his club career in France.

"My club team won the championship last year, there is a challenge there to back that up and that will become my focus," he said.