Friday, April 20, 2012

Shane Williams hanging up his boots - A farewell documentary

Shane Williams played his final game for Wales in December, and tonight ends his Ospreys career with their last home game of the regular season, against Newport Gwent Dragons. Ahead of the game, we've got this great documentary about his career.

Williams will end his record-breaking career at the Liberty Stadium tonight, where they have already sold over 11 000 tickets. The Ospreys are second on the RaboDirect Pro12 standings so want the win, and would love to give Williams the kind of send-off he deserves.

"All the superlatives have been used up for him," said coach Jonathan Humphreys.

"Suffice to say this group would love to see him go out with a bang because he's been absolutely huge for us. I remember thinking he would never make it when I saw him playing as a kid coming through — he looked too small. But he's proved everyone wrong to be one of the best finishers in the game. I don't think there's been anyone better than him — ever.

"You don't often get a kid who has that much skill and gas and can back it up with a ton of guts. He's been a pleasure to watch and you only have to consider the impact he's had as a world player of the year playing for this region, coming from this region and wanting to finish his career here."

In the documentary below, one of the most complete ever made about the Welsh legend, we get to look back on his humble beginnings as a tiny kid, then follow his rise to prominence in the game, and the struggles he went through along the way.

"It was tough, but I got used to that," Williams says, referring to always being smaller than everybody else. "I didn't take any shit through school, and I don't know. I don't think you can."

It's incredibly candid, with the great man himself talking us through all the way, and it features some fantastic, in some cases, unseen footage. It's almost 30 minutes long, so sit back and enjoy.

Time: 28:55
Credit: The BBC

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