Friday, February 05, 2010
Shane Williams has come a long way from the days when he was considered a third choice scrumhalf for his country. He's now the inspirational figure that Wales rely so heavily on to weave his magic. He says he's fit and ready, and simply wants to score tries in this years Six Nations.
Despite things not going entirely his way last year, he still managed to score a handful of fantastic tries and battled back from injury to today be in a position to light up the tournament once again.
Williams has lived through a career where players around him are far bigger and stronger, which has led to doubt in many coaches minds. The pressure has always been on the 33 year old.
"I get this pressure put on me every year," says Williams. "I want to score tries, that's why I am here and I would love to score on Saturday, whether it is the first or last try.
"What I do know is that I am feeling sharp in training. If the pressure is off me then I am more likely to score," he said.
After all, that's what he does best, as the Welsh top try scorer has shown, having scored almost 50 tries for his country. He's the small guy who's magical feat and grim determination has inspired countless numbers of young players to take up the game.
He says he's fully fit and ready to go for tomorrow's big clash against England at Twickenham, and is hoping that this is his year once again.
"I haven't played a lot of rugby this season and training has been tough," Williams added. "I have been working very hard to make sure I am match fit and sharp and that my speed is up to scratch.
"I have missed so much rugby that I really can't wait to get out there and the signs are good for me. I want to get involved and score tries and I have done everything I can in training to make sure when Saturday comes I am bouncing to get on that field."
This video takes you back to where it all began for Shane, as we get to see and hear about his debut for Wales, and how he got to the top of the world stage, eventually being named IRB Player of the Year in 2008.