Friday 24 November 2017

Williams set for final bow

Assistant coach Rob Howley says Wales will be losing a "priceless asset" when Shane Williams brings his Test career to a close against Australia today.

The James Bevan Trophy clash at the Millennium Stadium will be the Ospreys wing's 87th and final appearance for his country.

The 2008 IRB World Player of the Year will look to add to his record tally of 57 tries and help Wales claim a rare southern hemisphere scalp.

Praise for the 34-year-old's achievements have come from all over the rugby globe, while the national set-up paid him their own unique tribute by holding a 'Shane Williams day' at their training base earlier in the week.

And Howley believes the arch-finisher will go down as one of the finest players ever to play the 15-man code.

"The players who have played with him over the last 11 years have been fortunate to play with one of the greatest players to play rugby union," he said.

"He is not 6ft 4in or 15 stone but Shane has always found a way to create havoc in opposition defences and we have all been fortunate to play with him.

"We need to beat a southern hemisphere side and we want Shane to be a big part of that. He will be a huge asset for us."

Wales v Australia,

Live, BBC1, 2.30

Irish Independent

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