Williams could do little to help the British & Irish Lions
Shane Williams admits his dream swansong with the British & Irish Lions simply wasn't meant to be as the ACT Brumbies edged to a slender win.
The record-breaking Welsh wing answered an injury SOS from the Lions 18 months after he bode farewell to the Millennium Stadium with the Three Feathers upon his chest.
Williams, who is currently playing club rugby in Japan and was due in Australia as a radio summariser, lined up on the left wing as one of four newcomers in the Lions team.
But he could not help the famous tourists as Tevita Kuridrani grabbed an early try and the Brumbies held on.
"We did all we could out there and ran our socks off but in fairness the Brumbies spoiled every facet of the game that we tried to play off," said Williams.
"The breakdown was a nightmare, they had good pressure on us in defence and it was tough for us to play.
"We would have liked to have had a little bit more ball but it wasn't meant to be.
"I had one team run yesterday. Obviously it is never easy to fit back in and I had to get used to the calls and patterns but I'm not using that as an excuse.
"We trained hard, did our homework and had a look at the Brumbies, our calls and moves but as I said it just wasn't meant to be."
The Lions ultimately paid the price for a lacklustre defence and Williams admits it was a difficult opening 40 minutes before a late rally.
"We were put under immense pressure, as we knew we would be , and it was a good Brumbies side," said Williams.
"We were second best in most facets of the game; tempo - the Brumbies were far quicker to the break down than us and if there was any loose ball they would get to it before us. Their line speed was good, ours wasn't and it certainly didn't make Andy Farrell happy.
"Rightly so he had a go at half-time and we tried to react in the second-half ."
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
James Davies was one of three Welsh players announced in Team GB's men's sevens squad for Rio yesterday at a sweltering Trafalgar Square. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie battles with a Japanese tour guide as 'Cubby' reveals who has made his teammate, Sam Cross, the player he is today.
GB7s women left their England base to train in Wales this week. Olympic Games hopeful Rachael Burford gives WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie her thoughts on Welsh teammate Jasmine Joyce - a 'one touch wonder'
Robin McBryde and son Billy are set to represent Wales on either side of the globe over the coming weeks with Robin travelling to New Zealand as Wales assistant coach and Billy competing at the World Rugby U20 Championship (Manchester, June 7-25). WRU TV caught up with the pair and captured a unique perspective into the factors that produce such a high-achieving rugby family.
The Welsh Rugby Union, together with Pro Rugby Wales, has secured significantly improved insurance cover for all registered players, coaches and referees at each of its member clubs and regions at reduced costs -working with Aon, one of the world's largest insurance brokers and risk advisors.
Wales' Under Armour Series fixtures are at more than 60-per-cent of Principality Stadium capacity already, with clashes against Australia and Japan proving to be the most popular matches with fans so far.
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley has announced that Cardiff Blues attack and backs coach Matt Sherratt will link up with the National Squad in a shared role with the region during the forthcoming Under Armour Series.
Wales face the daunting prospect of taking on Olympic gold medallists and defending series champions Fiji, along with Argentina and Canada, in the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
With rugby sevens riding the crest of a wave on the back of the heroics of GB men in Rio, Wales assistant 7s coach Richie Pugh is dangling the carrot of Olympic selection for Tokyo in front of the teams taking part in next week's Foster's 7s at BT Cardiff Arms Park.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
Wales Under 18s face a huge task to come away with a victory in their final game of the Under-19 International Series at Paarl Boys' High tomorrow when the face an on-fire South Africa Schools 'A' side.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
It may be his first official tournament as head coach, but Nick Wakley has placed high expectations on his Wales Women Sevens squad who will be playing as GB Royals in this weekend's Rugby Europe Grand Prix Sevens Series in Malemort, France.
Having the pick of the crop coming through the UK School Games unscathed last week in Loughborough, Wales Women's 7s coach Nick Wakley is optimistic his young side can cause a few surprises in this weekend's Rugby Europe U18s Championship in Vichy, France.