Williams considering Japan move?
June 10, 2012
Shane Williams scored a try on his final Test appearance for Wales in December © Getty Images
Former Wales wing Shane Williams could turn his back on retirement in order to take up a contract in Japan.
According to BBC Sport, the 35-year-old is considering a lucrative deal with Japanese second division side Mitsubishi Dynaboars, based in Sagamihara.
Williams turned out for the Barbarians two weeks ago, against Wales, in his final match, having helped the Ospreys to the RaboDirect PRO12 title with a brace of tries against Leinster in his last regional appearance.
A British & Irish Lion in 2005 and 2009, Williams signed off from the Test stage with a last-gasp try against Australia in December 2012 - taking his record tally for Wales to 58 from 87 caps.
First capped in 2000, Williams overcame fears about his size to become one of the world game's most effective wide men, playing at three Rugby World Cups.
In 2008 he was named International Rugby Board (IRB) World Player of the Year following his exploits in Wales' run to a Six Nations Grand Slam, his second.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Jim Mallinder and Justin Burnell were sat on the same top table, but in different circumstances. Tom Hamilton reports on the Aviva Premiership season launch
Tom Hamilton reports back from the launch of the Guinness PRO12 where there is a renewed sense of optimism with all of the off-field changes to the league
So much for the great Australian revival, writes Greg Growden. It now has the potential of going off the rails after the capitulation at Eden Park
The latest Week in Pictures takes in photographs from the Rugby Championship, the Top 14 and the southern hemisphere domestic scene