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Williams eager to make coaching transition

Guinness PRO12 Editor

22 Nov 2011


Ospreys winger Shane Williams has revealed he is desperate to go into coaching once he hangs up his boots.

The 34-year-old, whose Ospreys contract is due to expire in 2013, will play his 87th and final game for Wales next Saturday in Cardiff but will continue his RaboDirect PRO12 career for at least another season.

Williams, Wales’ all-time leading try scorer with 57 tries, is looking to replicate fellow British and Irish Lions tourist Rob Howley into the international coaching set-up.

The former Wasps scrum-half made an immediate impact as an attacking coach prior to Wales’ 2008 Grand Slam and Williams wants to follow in his footsteps.

He said: "I'd like to do something with Wales in the future as a coach or something else.

“I know it's a tough job but it would be nice to do it one day because I love Welsh rugby and I'll keep loving Welsh rugby even after I finish playing.

"I've had a great time with Wales and the Ospreys, it has been my life and hopefully it stays that way even when I finish playing.

“I'd love to come back and do something like Rob Howley. For Rob to be coaching Wales after finishing rugby not that long ago is incredible.

"If I could do something like that and be as successful as Rob in a few years then great. I'd love to be part of it."