Williams eyeing coaching career in Wales

Former British and Irish Lions winger Shane Williams intends to return to Wales to work as a coach when he finally hangs up his playing boots. [more]

Williams eyeing coaching career in Wales

Former British and Irish Lions winger Shane Williams intends to return to Wales to work as a coach when he finally hangs up his playing boots.

The 37-year-old, who retired from international rugby in 2011 as Wales’ record try-scorer, played in four Lions Tests, including a two-try display in victory over South Africa in Johannesburg in 2009.

Williams was also involved with last summer’s victorious tour down under when he was handed a surprise call-up for the tour game against Brumbies.

Since leaving club side Ospreys in 2012, he has being plying his trade as a semi-professional player-coach with Japanese club Mitsubishi Dynaboars.

And while previously suggesting in his 2009 autobiography that he was undecided on a career in senior rugby coaching, the Welshman now appears to have firmed up his future ambitions.

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“I have two years left on my contract and I am doing more and more coaching, I’m going to play it by ear,” Williams told WalesOnline.

“But I do enjoy it. It’s great here because there is the feeling we have started from scratch.

“If it keeps me involved in rugby though, I would like to be able to coach when I come back to Wales.

“I’m working mainly with the backs and youngsters out here. It’s a great place to learn.”

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