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  • 2011 December 2

    Wales ready themselves for Williams' final International test

    Wales ready themselves for Williams' final International test

    Wales and Australia have named their teams for their match at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

    The match, a repeat of the third place play-off fixture at this year's Rugby World Cup has added sentiment for Welsh fans and players; bringing the final curtain down on superstar winger Shane Williams' illustrious international career.

    Despite retiring from playing, Williams may not be too far from the Welsh team in future; swapping the jersey for designer menswear and becoming a member of the WRU's backroom staff.

    In keeping with the announcement, Wales coach Warren Gatland said that Williams' name would be the first on his team sheet - a promise he kept when he announced the selections at the pre-match press conference.

    Ahead of the match, past and present Wales players - as well as those involved in the game around the world offered their tributes. This included World Cup winning ex-New Zealand coach Graham Henry and fellow winger Bryan Habana, who played alongside Williams as part of the Barbarians team in 2008.

    It was Henry who gave Williams his first international start when he was coaching Wales in 2000 and has said that in the elapsed 11 years, Williams has grown into the best Welsh player for a generation, BBC Sport reports.

    Despite the outpouring of respect, Williams has not let the sentiment get to his head; remaining adamant he will not let the occasion get in the way of the task at hand, namely executing revenge on an Australian team that beat them by three points at the RWC.

    "It's not Shane Williams versus Australia, it's Wales versus Australia and I don't want the fact that it it my final game to cloud that," the winger told rugbyweek.com.

    "We are mature enough to know what we have got to do on Saturday. It's all about playing well, me personally and as a collective. It's about getting things right on the field and winning the game."