World Rugby Hall of Fame - Induction No.122 – Shane Mark Williams (Amman United, Neath, Ospreys, Mitsubishi Dynaboars, Barbarians, Wales, Wales Sevens, British and Irish Lions) 1977-

One of 12 legends inducted at the opening of the World Rugby Hall of Fame in Rugby on 17 November, 2016

Born: 26 February, 1977 in Swansea, Wales

Despite his diminutive stature, Shane Williams’ lofty standing in the game is beyond doubt.

Wales’ record try scorer with 58 tries in 87 test appearances, Williams was a crowd-pleaser who could beat defenders at will with a devastating side-step or blistering turn of pace.

Awarded his first cap by Graham Henry against France in 2000, Williams enjoyed 11 years at the top and was also capped four times by the Lions, scoring twice in the victorious third test against South Africa in 2009. His five tries against Manawatu on the 2005 tour to New Zealand equalled the Lions’ single-game record.

Twice a Grand Slam winner with Wales, Williams became the first and only Welshman to be named IRB Player of the Year in 2008. He also appeared in three Rugby World Cups, from 2003-2011, scoring six tries in the 2007 edition before helping Wales reach the semi-finals at the next tournament in New Zealand. 

Inducted in November 2016