Shane Williams

Shane Williams

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One of Welsh sport’s all-time greats and one of the biggest names in world rugby, Shane Williams scored 60 tries in 91 Test matches for Wales and the British & Irish Lions, leaving only Australian great David Campese (64 from 101 Tests) ahead of him in the list of all-time international try scorers.

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A proud Welshman, Shane Williams was born in Morriston, Swansea, but grew up in Glanamman. He started his junior career as a scrum-half at Amman United before joining Neath as a second-choice scrum-half. Neath’s then-coach, Lyn Jones, spotted his talent and moved Shane to the wing to accommodate him in the side. The rest, as they say, is history; as Shane became an integral member of the Welsh national team for the next ten years.

Six Nations Grand Slam

Shane is Wales’ most capped winger, and was part of the 2005 Six Nations Grand Slam-winning side; where he scored tries against Italy, Scotland, and England. He was selected by the British & Irish Lions for the 2005 tour to New Zealand and equalled the single-game Lions record by scoring five tries in a midweek match against Manawatu.

IRB Player of the Year

In November 2008, Shane became the first Welshman to be named IRB International Player of the Year and in December won the BBC Welsh Sports Personality Of The Year award, with Wales winning their second Grand Slam in four years. He helped Wales to the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup, scoring 3 in 5 appearances in New Zealand.

Shane Williams MBE

In April 2014 Shane received his MBE from the Queen for services to Welsh Rugby. He is proud to be an ambassador for The World Wildlife Fund, Velindre Cancer Research and Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice.

Shane Williams in Retirement

Shane spent the final years of his career coaching and playing in Japan for the Mitsubishi Dynaboars, before retiring from competitive rugby in 2015. He is now forging a new career as a pundit, covering the 6 Nations Championship and the Rugby World Cup for ITV as well as regularly co-commentating for BBC, BT Sport, Premier Sports and S4C.

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