Shane Williams MBE
Rugby legend and Wales’ most capped winger
Shane Williams MBE is one of Wales’ greatest ever rugby players, with 87 caps to his name more than any winger, and he is the holder of the record for the most tries scored with 58. Starting his career in 1998, Shane was named as the world’s best player in 2008 and has represented his country at the highest level.
Making his debut for Welsh club, Neath, in 1998, Shane was always extremely talented, and his Wales debut came shortly after in 2000. On his first full start for his country against Italy, he scored a try and this was a sign of things to come.
Making an impact for both club and country, he joined Ospreys in 2003 where he stayed for nine years, making over 100 appearances and scoring 293 points. However, the standout moments of his career undoubtedly came when wearing a Wales shirt. Shane was part of the 2005 and 2008 Six Nations’ Grand Slam wins where he was integral to the victories.
These performances played a significant role in Shane being named the World Rugby Player of the Year. In 2011 he retired from the international game and a year later moved to Japan to play for the Mitsubishi Dynaboars where he also began a coaching career.
In 2016 he was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame and he now works as a popular rugby pundit.