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Shane Williams
Shane Williams
DOB26th Feb 1977
BirthplaceMorriston, Wales
Height1.70 m (5' 7")
Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb)
PositionWing
Test HonoursWales (87 caps)
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Shane Williams became Wales's all-time leading try scorer in the Grand Slam winning 2008 RBS 6 Nations campaign, after breaking Gareth Thomas's record with his 41st Test try in just 56 appearances.

The outstanding performer in the 2008 championship, the wing wizard gained the RBS 6 Nations Player of the Tournament accolade to cap his superb performances.

Williams was also one of the stars of the 2005 RBS 6 Nations campaign, touching down against England, Italy and Scotland. On the 2004 summer tour to Argentina and South Africa he scored a hat-trick in the second Test against Argentina. Furthermore, in the 2006 summer tour to Argentina, Williams played in both Tests, notching a try in the second.

Williams started his career as a scrum half at Amman United, later moving to Neath and to the wing. He currently plays regional rugby with the Ospreys, having moved into the side with the inception of regional rugby. To date Williams has made 68 appearances for the region and scored 27 tries and one drop goal.

Williams scored in his first full start for Wales with a try against Italy in the 2000 Lloyds TSB Six Nations. He also played in the second test on the 2005 Lions Tour.

Williams was included in the Welsh squad for the 2006 Invesco Perpetual Series. He scored a superb try against the Australians in the first match of the series, came on as a replacement against the Pacific Islands, scored a try in the third Test against Canada and also appeared in the series finale against the All Blacks.

The 2007 RBS 6 Nations saw Williams partake in three games: the win over England and matches against France and Italy, in which he scored a try against the Azzurri. Williams was rested from the touring squad of Australia in May 2007 but was named in Gareth Jenkins's 41-man preliminary Rugby World Cup 2007 summer training squad in June. He made the final 30-man RWC squad in August and played against France in the Invesco Perpetual Summer Series at the Millennium Stadium.

Williams was included in the starting line-up for all of Wales's Pool B matches at the Rugby World Cup, and enjoyed a successful personal tournament. He scored six tries in total, two against both Canada and Japan and one each against Australia and Fiji, making him the joint third highest try scorer of the entire tournament (on a par with Doug Howlett, behind Bryan Habana and Drew Mitchell). Williams missed out on a chance to play in the Prince William Cup clash against South Africa in November 2007 due to injury.

In January 2008 Williams was included in Warren Gatland's RBS 6 Nations squad, and the winger proved a revelation in the championship. Williams amassed an impressive six tries, equalling Will Greenwood's Six Nations try-scoring record (in the Lloyds TSB Six Nations, 2001), playing in all five matches of the Grand Slam campaign and gaining braces against Scotland and Italy, and single efforts against Ireland and France. He was voted the player of the tournament and in the process he also managed to surpass Gareth Thomas’s Wales try-scoring record.

He capped off a fabulous year by being voted the IRB Player of the Year award. Williams was selected for the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa and was selected for the second and third Tests, scoring two tries in the third to help the Lions to a consolation victory.

During the 2011 Rugby World Cup, he enhanced his reputation as a try scoring machine, playing in five of Wales’s games, scoring three tries in the process to take his international tally to 57.

Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
06/08/2011
England
1





5
80
13/08/2011
England







80
11/09/2011
South Africa







80
18/09/2011
Samoa
1





5
80
08/10/2011
Ireland
1





5
80
15/10/2011
France







80
21/10/2011
Qantas Wallabies
1





5
80
03/12/2011
Qantas Wallabies
1





5
80
Total Played 8 5
0
0
0
0
0
25
640
CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
2011-2012 - Friendly
Wales
1
1





5
2011-2012 - Rugby World Cup
Wales
5
3





15
2011-2012 - Test
Wales
2
1





5
2011-2012 Total

8
5





25
2010-2011 - Friendly
Wales
2







2010-2011 - Six Nations
Wales
4
2





10
2010-2011 Total

6
2





10
2009-2010 - Friendly
Wales
3
2





10
2009-2010 - Six Nations
Wales
5
3





15
2009-2010 Total

8
5





25
2008-2009 - Friendly
Wales
3
1





5
2008-2009 - Six Nations
Wales
4
2





10
2008-2009 Total

7
3





15
2007-2008 - Friendly
Wales
3
2





10
2007-2008 - Rugby World Cup
Wales
4
6





30
2007-2008 - Six Nations
Wales
5
6





30
2007-2008 Total

12
14





70
2006-2007 - Friendly
Wales
3 +1
2





10
2006-2007 - Six Nations
Wales
3
1





5
2006-2007 Total

6 +1
3





15
2005-2006 - Friendly
Wales
6
2





10
2005-2006 - Six Nations
Wales
4







2005-2006 Total

10
2





10
2004-2005 - Friendly
Wales
3
2





10
2004-2005 - Six Nations
Wales
5
3





15
2004-2005 Total

8
5





25
2003-2004 - Friendly
Wales
4
6



1

30
2003-2004 - Rugby World Cup
Wales
2
1





5
2003-2004 - Six Nations
Wales
5
2





10
2003-2004 Total

11
9



1

45
2000-2001 - Friendly
Wales
3 +1
7





35
2000-2001 - Six Nations
Wales
1







2000-2001 Total

4 +1
7





35
1999-2000 - Six Nations
Wales
4 +1
3





15
1999-2000 Total

4 +1
3





15
Total - Friendly

31 +2
25



1

125
Total - Rugby World Cup

11
10





50
Total - Test

2
1





5
Total - Six Nations

40 +1
22





110
Total

84 +3
58
0
0
0
1
0
290
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