Saturday Nov 3, 2012

Shane Williams in Japan - Catch up with the Welsh legend

Shane Williams in Japan - Catch up with the Welsh legend
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Welsh wizard Shane Williams has been playing in Japan since hanging up his boots for club and country, relishing the challenge and change of scenery. BBC’s Scrum V caught up with him recently for a fascinating look into his new life just outside Tokyo.

Williams, who played his final match for Wales last December, has taken to semi-professional rugby well and bought into the change of pace. He’s playing for Japanese Division Two team Mitsubishi Dynaboars, and plays alongside former Wasps flyhalf Dave Walder, and All Black Tom Donnelly.

“Rugby is certainly a growing sport in Japan – twice the sport it was back when I toured out here. They are certainly getting better and better and it shows,” Williams told Wales Online recently.

“Its attraction has grown over the years and what I have noticed is that they are very passionate about rugby, and sport in general, and have shown their commitment by bringing in big signings such as Sonny Bill Williams and Jerry Collins.

“It may not be as physical as other nations but they play at a very fast pace – 100mph rugby – and that suits my style down tot he ground.

“I am consistently learning out here. It’s a lot different to what I am used to – the training, the gym workouts, the food. These are all experiences I want to bring back to the UK and Wales. I am having to adapt every day.

“The family and I try to get out to Tokyo as much as we can, but you could spend a year in Japan and not have enough time to see half of it. Wales is a very small country and until you go and experience new places like Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, you really haven’t lived.

“It’s been a very positive experience for us so far and we are all definitely enjoying ourselves.”

This 15 minute look his time in Japan gives a great insight into his everyday life so far. Enjoy.

Credit: BBC Scrum V

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  •  wayno
    wayno

    I dont understand how these Japanese clubs can afford these massive superstar contracts..where does the money come from?....it's definitely not from the gate it looked like there were only a couple of hundred people at that game

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Honesty is fine, I am all for it, I don't blame him for taking the chance at all... why not, its a chance to do what he is good at, AND get paid for it, in more of a "relaxed" fashion... However I just find it a little cringeworthy when everyone, (as I said before) appeared to tongue his balls about how loyal and perfect and amazing SW is and how he was born, lived, and will die in some little Welsh village, and now it's "off to Japan" and everyone is saying, yeh go on boy, see you when we see you... this is perhaps why I like to leave some of these interviews out of my rugby life, I just find it all so hypocritical... Of course who knows he might do this for a few years and scream back to Wales to his village... And also the stuff I said before about one rule for him and one rule for others... But of course, I do with the guy well.. I just hope we don't have another 2-3 final, "goodbye shane" videos....

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  •  karmamoths
    karmamoths

    Pretzel. C`mon don`t be sour. If you as a pro come to the end of your career, are you seriously saying you would not turn down an opportunity to play semi-pro for a year or two to help secure your young families future and provide an experience of a different culture etc at the same time? To turn down such an experience and help to provide so much culture, experience and financial gains to yourself, your wife and Children, would be no less than a disservice to them and you. He has retired from international Rugby, The Celtic (Pro League) and gone to play for enjoyment and they offer him serious cash to do it. Good luck to him. Jealousy is a terrible thing. If I had half the chance, I`d be off like a shot...! Lets be honest.

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  •  jeroo
    jeroo

    Walder serving popcorn on match day!? Wow! He must be on some serious money out there! Good for him.

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  •  stubby
    stubby

    They sure handled him nicely during the world cup!

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  •  stubby
    stubby

    he has the numbers to back up the cockiness. Brilliant player. However the multiple 'retirements' are tiring.

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  •  kadova
    kadova

    Dave Walder: "It's like landing on the moon" lol ! Though i can imagine that.

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    "Tru dat"... I'm not a Shane Williams hater, the guy has some serious skills, I just dislike the "stuff" that surrounds him, either from him, or from his fans... for instance that time where he jumped over a tackle, I saw it as "rugby player jumps over other rugby player = penalty" so many "non haters" looked at it and saw "Shane Williams jumps over other rugby player = pat him on the back and say well done because it's Shane Williams".. No doubt it was a fantastic show of athleticism outside of the rugby world, however SBW is a boxer outside of the rugby world, should we let him throw his fists around and accept it because "it's an amazing display of athleticism"... ...SW would still probably get a place in my "World XV" if I thought about it...or at least my Northern Hemisphere World XV. But it still doesn't stop me from wanting to see someone smash him whenever he picks up the ball and does that "where is everyone, hand shielding the sun from his eyes, gesture"...

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  • Btw, I always find it interesting to see these players who we put on such a playing pedestal, be handled relatively easily in the tackle. You'd expect him to break everyone and score every time he touched the ball, which is so far from the case.

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  • Pretzel, the hip hop world has a name for you... hater.

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    I don't personally like him, he is too cocky imo, however he has achieved a lot, and I can recognise him as a fantastic player, however, in that documentary I was sure there was things like "this is the only place for me, blah blah" I could be completely incorrect, perhaps it was someone else saying "this is the only place for shane" or "this will always be shanes home" so if I am wrong then ignore what I said, but if Shane said it himself, then seeing him in Japan is somewhat hypocritical... why retire an then go off to play in Japan, was his rugby not good enough for Ospreys? Or is he after some extra $$... either way, its up to him, and I can't blame him, I just think it's a bit sad how he'll let everyone tongue his balls in his "retirement" yet carry on playing...So in effect, he retired from Wales, not rugby...Also there was more than just 3 send off games. Neil Jenkins was a once in a lifetime player for Wales, I can't say I am a Welsh follower, but I don't recall "send offs" left right and centre....

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Hmmm something I find a little irritating was all these "last games" that SW had, and I might be wrong but I'm sure that documentary about SW we all saw perhaps earlier this year had him saying that his home town was the only town for him and blah blah blah... seems a little "fake"... ...for the record guys, I'm all for professional rugby players prolonging their careers, its what they love, heck I'm sure all our clubs have a "Veterans" team, it's just that I'd rather not hear all this "oh I always said that once my level drops then I will hang up my boots for good, I want to end on a high, I want to.....oh... go to Japan" etc....

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    12:10 - cheeky bastard!! (Presenter).

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  •  eggman
    eggman

    Does this mean that there'll be ANOTHER Shane Williams last game of his career?

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  • Great vid. Glad to see the little guy enjoying himself. Also great to see a little more about Japanese rugby.

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