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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:34 am 
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Retiring from all rugby at the end of the season apparently.


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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/16824230

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Wales and Ospreys great Shane Williams to retire at end of season

Shane Williams will retire from all rugby at the end of this season, BBC Sport Wales understands.

Wales' record try scorer quit Test rugby in December, with 58 tries in 87 games for his country and two in four Tests for the British and Irish Lions.

Wing Williams, who turns 35 this month, has a contract with the Ospreys until the end of the 2012-13 season.

The Welsh region had also offered Williams a year extension, but he has decided to hang up his boots for good.

Williams signed off from the international stage in typical fashion, scoring a last-gasp try in the 24-18 defeat to Australia in Cardiff on 3 December.

At 5ft 7in and 12st 8lb Williams bucked the trend for powerhouse wingers in the professional game and in 2008 was named the International Rugby Board Player of the Year.

Williams has already expressed a desire to become a coach and has previously spoken to Ospreys managing director Mike Cuddy and elite performance director Andrew Hore about his post-playing career prospects.

But during the forthcoming Six Nations, Williams will join the BBC team of pundits providing expert views and analysis on the championship. :lol:

Williams started his junior career as a scrum-half at Amman United RFC, but after going professional with Neath was converted to play on the wing under then-coach Lyn Jones.

When Wales adopted regional rugby in 2003 it was natural that Williams became an Osprey, with the new side created by a merger between Neath and local rivals Swansea.

Williams earned his first cap off the bench against France in Wales' opening game of the 2000 Six Nations, then scored his first Test try in his first full start against Italy.

During his time playing for his country Williams has enjoyed two Grand Slams, the first in 2005 that ended Wales' 27-year wait for a championship clean sweep, and then again in 2008 .

He was also called up for two Lions tours, the first in 2005 to New Zealand and then to South Africa in 2009.

Williams played in a warm-up for the Lions against Argentina before they departed for New Zealand, but was then overlooked for the Test side until a five-try haul against Manawatu - equalling a single-game Lions record - saw him selected for the second match with the All Blacks .

Against the Springboks four years later Williams again had to bide his time, but he came off the bench in the second Test and then started the third Test - scoring two tries in a 28-9 win that restored some Lions pride.

To date Williams has played 136 times for the Ospreys, scoring 54 tries in the process for the Swansea-based side.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:48 am 
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A league club will make him an offer, then a few league caps then Big Brother and bum tricks.


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Toga wrote:
A league club will make him an offer, then a few league caps then Big Brother and bum tricks.


Bloody League...turns all our players gay! :x :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Ickle gooooorne
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:53 am 
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Ickle retiring.

Bowe off.

Adam considering a move abroad.

Hook, Byrne and Phillips gone.

That Ospreys misery might have a point - Ospreys are undergoing a managed retrenchment.


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Ospreys' big chances were against Sarries in 2008, and Moreso, Biarritz in 2010. They really should've achieved more. Cardiff are our flag bearers now...


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celestialstorm3000 wrote:
Ospreys' big chances were against Sarries in 2008, and Moreso, Biarritz in 2010. They really should've achieved more. Cardiff are our flag bearers now...


:lol:

Jesus, we really are in the shit then, aren't we?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:43 am 
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I'm surprised he lasted this long, what with the size and strength of the players nowadays.


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Come on 'Enry, you're not trying hard enough...change the thread title to 'Shane Williams - Best wing of the modern era retires'. That'll get the punters through the door, and it's also true :thumbup:


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Jeff the Bear wrote:
Come on 'Enry, you're not trying hard enough...change the thread title to 'Shane Williams - Best wing of the modern era retires'. That'll get the punters through the door, and it's also true :thumbup:


Done.


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choc wrote:
I'm surprised he lasted this long, what with the size and strength of the players nowadays.


I found it quite sad that Ickle retires outpouring of emotions and great sadness and Jonny retires and hardly a note!


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Jeff the Bear wrote:
Come on 'Enry, you're not trying hard enough...change the thread title to 'Shane Williams - Best Welsh wing of the modern era retires'. That'll get the punters through the door, and it's also true :thumbup:


fixed. (I'd pick Robinson myself)

Great player and a pleasure to watch - Would love to have seen a back 3 of Robinson, Cullen and Williams in action.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:51 pm 
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So here we are on the new bored then


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:03 pm 
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Williams signed off from the international stage in typical fashion, scoring a last-gasp try in the 24-18 defeat


:lol:

I found that rather chucklesome.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:05 pm 
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Gutted thought I was going to read about one of my all time favourite players - Ben Cohen


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:09 pm 
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My arse - just because it's a new bored you can't get away from the Williams reality.

'Good Welsh winger retires without coming out' is more accurate.

KG


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:10 pm 
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CauCau is retiring?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:11 pm 
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Anthony Horgan retired years ago.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:13 pm 
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Bill wrote:
Gutted thought I was going to read about one of my all time favourite players - Ben Cohen


Ben who?

:lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:15 pm 
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Is Dougie retiring ?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:19 pm 
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58 tries in 87 tests


what an outstanding hit rate! He didn't even play for one of the big guns (no disrespect to Wales, but you've had some dire years during the noughties)! One of the all time greats without a hint of a doubt.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:21 pm 
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A dark day for rugby to have both this guy and Shane Williams retiring :(


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:22 pm 
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Never nailed down a Lions starting place, and thus can never be remembered as a great.

Does he have a girlfriend?


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Never nailed down a Lions starting place, and thus can never be remembered as a great.

Does he have a girlfriend?


If he does, I hope his wife doesn't find out about it.

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easyray wrote:
--DD-- wrote:
Never nailed down a Lions starting place, and thus can never be remembered as a great.

Does he have a girlfriend?


If he does, I hope his wife doesn't find out about it.

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You shouldn't have posted that. All the Irish will be knocking one out over the filly on the left


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