2011 22/11
Wales legend Williams eyes national coaching role

Welsh International Shane Williams has announced that one day he wants to make the move from player to coach, reports.

Williams announced during this year's World Cup that 2011 would be his final year playing at international level; deciding to hang up his jersey after December's test against Australia.

Now, Wales' record try-scorer has announced he plans to follow in the footsteps of other players-turned-coaches such as Rob Howley; moving away from the red jersey of the pitch to the formal shirts of the back room.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Williams said that whilst he knows being coach is a tough job, he feels it is something he would like to do as a way of keeping part of the Wales team even if he is not playing.

The 2008 IRB Player of the Year and Lions tourist explained: "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'd like to do something with Wales in the future as a coach or something else. 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."

The announcement comes just after current Wales coach Warren Gatland announced his team for the December 3rd match against the Aussies, wherein Gatland admitted that Williams' name was the first on the team sheet.


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