In this the inaugural edition of Pundit Arena’s brand spanking new feature ‘Remembering Rugby’s’, we take a look at some of the premier try-scoring talent to have played the game.
This edition takes a specific view of the Welsh wizard that is Shane Williams, who will forever go down as one of the most talented exponents to ever emerge from the rugby playing principality.
In an international career which spanned over a decade, Williams was an ever present threat in the Welsh back line, who in the flip of a switch could pounce on any unassuming defender, thus igniting a scoring opportunity.
Williams’ trademark side-step was a sight to behold when in full array, leaving many a player in his wake with what were surely agonisingly painful ankles, such was the viciousness in the geometric angles which the former Osprey could take. His blistering pace was then more than enough in seeing him finish the job and crossing the whitewash. The combination of these two valued assets led to Williams becoming Wales’ most prolific try-scorer of all time as well as finishing his career as the third highest try-scorer in the history of the game at 60 tries, a record which still stands today.
Over Williams’ career he amassed an impressive 87 caps for his country; winning two Grand Slams in the process and was a tourist of three Lions tours. The speedster claimed four tests caps for the B&I Lions with two of those coming in the 2009 series with South Africa in which the winger bagged a brace of tries to help the Lions to a desperately needed consolation victory.
Williams’ career high no doubt came in 2008 when he was named as the IRB International Player of the Year for his sterling performances in steering Wales to their second Grand Slam in four years; tipping the likes of Dan Carter and Sergio Parisse to the highly coveted accolade.
Following on from a serious injury, Williams announced that his final showing on the international frame would be at the 2011 World Cup where he scored three tries in aiding his country to finishing fourth at the competition. His final test appearance was to subsequently come against Australia in Decemeber 2011, where in typical Williams style capped off an illustrious career with his 60th and final international try.
So in patronage to the great talent that was Shane Williams, here are ten scintillating tries that the man collated over his try-ridden career; enjoy.