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Williams Confirms Wales Retirement Plan

One last Test for record try scorer

Posted Nov 01, 2011 by Chris White

Shane Williams will retire from international rugby after the Australia game in Cardiff

Wales winger Shane Williams has confirmed that he wants to end his international career against Australia, when the sides meet at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 3rd December. The Welsh record try scorer had previously announced that he would retire from the international scene after the World Cup, but he hopes to be given the opportunity to say an emotional farewell to the fans in Cardiff.

Having won 86 caps so far, and helping Wales to fourth in the World Cup, he has scored 57 tries for his country, including three in the World Cup. It was expected that the bronze medal match against the Australians was to be his final game for Wales, but he admits he has been persuaded to give it one more game and say a fitting farewell on home soil.

“I’m going to make myself available for the game, and if selected, I want to play,” he told the Welsh media. “I will treat the game just like any other, but it will be a sad day for me. In fact, I’ll be devastated, but to bow out in front of Welsh fans and my family and friends would be like a dream.”

The former IRB Player of the Year was a major part of the Welsh team that promised so much in New Zealand before bowing out in disappointing fashion with the fourth placed finish, and hopes for a winning farewell from international rugby.

The winger intends to continue his club rugby career with Ospreys, where he is contracted until the end of next season, but insisted that he will not be convinced to extend his international career into the Six Nations Championship in the New Year.

“After this last game in December, that’s definitely it for me. There’ll be no changing my mind. I always said I would know when the time came to stop playing for Wales and that time is nearly upon me,” he said.

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