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Shane Williams Former Welsh Winger


About Shane Williams

Shane Williams played 87 caps for Wales and 4 for the Lions. He is Wales’ most capped winger and with 58 tries to his name is his country’s leading try scorer; and third on the list of international try scorers. Shane was first selected for Wales in 2000 by Graham Henry though suffered from injury and doubts over his size in his early years in the national side. He recovered from both and was part of the Wales Grand Slam winning sides of 2005 and 2008, and was named IRB Player of the Year in 2008. The diminutive winger became the darling of the Cardiff crowd as he sidestepped his way around the best defences in the world. Shane retired from international rugby in 2011 and will finish his playing career with the Ospreys at the end of the 2012 season.


Born: 26 February 1977, Morriston, Swansea, Wales
Weight: 80 kg (12st 8lb) Height: 1.70m (5ft 7in)
Wales: 2000–2011, 87 caps, 290 points
British and Irish Lions: 2005, 2009, 4 caps, 10 points
Debut: Wales, aged 22, February 2000
Neath: 1998–2003, 81 caps, 223 points
Ospreys: 2003–2012, 141 caps, 293 points
Mistubishi Dynaboars: 2012–2013, 1 cap, 5 points
IRB International Player of the Year: 2008 (first Welsh player)

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Wales have brought back the low tackle to stop Ireland

Shane Williams believes that the utter belief of men like Sam Warburton and George North will carry Wales to the Six Nations.

Wales have the mental steel to beat England

Shane Williams says that Wales will dig out a rare Twickenham victory by exploiting England’s lack of a genuine openside.

Size isn’t Everything

Shane Williams reflects on the great players who made him want to run down to his local field and pretend he was side stepping for Wales.

Wales keep on getting stronger, fitter and better

Shane Williams explains why a Wales Grand Slam this year would mean far more than when they last triumphed in 2005 and 2008.

Shane Williams: Side Stepping & Attack Skills Trailer

Shane Williams breaks the sidestep down, taking you through his skill checklist and showing you how the ball carrier and support runners can manipulate defenders and defensive lines to beat and unlock them. Watch and learn direct from one of the best attacking players the game of rugby has ever seen.

Wales can dominate northern hemisphere rugby for years

Youth and stamina should carry Wales to a Grand Slam despite their poor recent record at home to France.

Shane Williams on The Rugby Site

Shane Williams talks about why he got involved in The Rugby Site and what skills and tips he wants to pass onto players and coaches about how he plays the game. " The Rugby Site is a perfect opportunity for me to give back to the game and to share what I have learned over the years. Some of it is self taught and some of it is from coaches handed down over the years, it might not be handbook stuff but its what I believe in"

Shane Williams on the Players that Inspired Him

Shane Williams talks about the players that have inspired him and why he joined The Rugby Site’s coaching team.