One of the greats retired from international rugby today.
Shane Williams bowed out against Australia in Cardiff today. The little wizard had it all: timing, burning pace, balance, instinct, good hands, a deadly sidestep and fight. The best British winger I’ve seen. How good? The best Welsh winger since the great Gerald Davies according to Jonathan Davies on the BBC this afternoon. His tally of 58 tries in 85 intenationals, twice a Lion and 2008 World Player of the Year is all the more remarkable when you consider he was once told by Graham Henry, then coach of Wales, that he’s too small and would never make it in test rugby.
Fittingly he bowed out with a try in the final minute of his last appearance in typical style. Lurking in the backline, sensing the opportunity, he receives, draws the defender, a dart and shimmy and the centre’s grasping thin air. Williams in for the score. Magic stuff.