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Wales Rugby Legend Shane Williams Make GAA Debut In Harsh Conditions

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 18: Wing Shane Williams looks on during a Wales IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 training session at Mt Smart Stadium on October 18, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Former Wales international winger Shane Williams received the full GAA treatment on his football debut on Thursday.

The 39-year-old has been taking part in reality TV show The Toughest Trade this week which has seen him training and playing with Glenswilly in Donegal, with Donegal captain Michael Murphy travelling to France to train with Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne.

Williams took to the field to play in a match on Thursday – but if he thought the weather would be kind to him, the former Ospreys man had another thing coming as the wind and snow began to take hold…

However, Williams braved the conditions and was able to score four points for his temporary side:

Glenswilly club chariman Eddie Crawford praised Wales’ record try scorer, calling the performance “magic” and speaking very highly of the player’s character to BBC Sport:

“Sometimes you don’t know what to expect but he was a real sound genuine lad,

“He bedded in well and took to it like a duck to water.

“We played him up front because he’s fast and he’s a very determined person.

“We weren’t going easy on him, he was doing strength and conditioning at 6am in the morning and he did everything we did.

“Overall he was very pleased and happy, he’s a country lad from outside Swansea.

“I think he was tired after a hectic week but he enjoyed the experience and said he would come back to Donegal. We made him very welcome.”

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Author: The PA Team

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