Shane Williams

'I don't believe it!': Shane Williams chats to attack coach Rob Howley at training after his shock Lions call-up

WILLIAMS IS one of the most exciting talents ever seen on a rugby pitch. He’s the third top try-scorer in Test history behind David Campese and Daisuke Ohata, his superb footwork and speed causing endless problems for defences. At the start of his career his limited size was seen as a flaw, but his talents for dancing around opponents have long been been appreciated by Lions coach Warren Gatland. He retired from international rugby in 2011, but has now found himself on a third Lions tour – albeit for a brief stint.


The Lions was carrying a few knocks in the back-line and Williams was already on his way to Oz from Japan, where he now plays his rugby. It was a practical measure from Gatland to rest tired bodies and call in someone who was logistically close.


Slim to none! Williams has specifically been called in for the game against the Brumbies and is due to leave the squad the following day. He’d need a monumental performance to stay in camp, but he will be at all the Tests – he’s a pundit for talkSPORT!


Being named IRB Player of the Year in 2008. Williams had been some of his best form, dazzling defences during Wales’ Grand Slam win – he scored six tries in the championship, including braces against Scotland and Italy. He also impressed on that year’s tour to South Africa and helped Wales to a win over Australia in Cardiff.


Knickerbocker glory – a real treat, full of surprises.

Shane Williams

New arrival: Williams wears a fitting T-shirt


Club Mitsubishi Dynaboars

Age 36 (26 February 1977)

Born Morriston, Swansea

Dimensions 5ft 7in & 12st 8lb

Country Wales

Test caps 87

Test points 290 (58 tries)

Lions caps Four

Test points Ten (two tries)

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