Williams set for emotional farewell
April 19, 2012
Shane Williams will pull on an Ospreys shirt for the final time on Friday evening © Getty Images
Shane Williams will bring down the curtain on a record-breaking career when he takes to the field against the Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday evening.
The flyer will pull on the Ospreys' shirt for the final time after being named on the wing for the Liberty Stadium clash. The Ospreys are currently second in the RaboDirect PRO12 standings and will hope to cement their spot in the playoffs with Munster lying just two points behind them. Williams will be joined in the Ospreys side by fellow Welsh internationals Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric and Ryan Jones.
The Ospreys forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys is looking forward to seeing the biggest crowd of the season packed into the Liberty Stadium to bid farewell to their hero.
"It's great for the Ospreys and it's great for Shane that so many people want to come and say farewell to him. It's an indication of the esteem he's held in by the local community," Humphreys said. "It'll definitely give the boys a big lift to run out in front of so many fans. With the biggest crowd of the season present it'll be doubly important that we show the right attitude and desire so that we don't disappoint them. We want to see them at the Liberty regularly next season and the way to do that is put on a performance that they can be proud of."
The Dragons lie in eighth and have handed a first start to 17-year-old fullback Hallam Amos. His inclusion means that Amos will become the youngest ever player to take to the field in a PRO12 match. Elsewhere in the side, Luke Charteris will make his 100th appearance for the Dragons.
Elsewhere on Friday, Ulster host league leaders Leinster at Ravenhill. Ulster are currently in fifth and will still be hopeful of a spot in the playoffs while Leinster are way out ahead at the top of the league. The Dublin side have named a strong side for the clash with the likes of Rob Kearney, Brian O'Driscoll, Luke Fitzgerald, Cian Healy and Jonathan Sexton all starting. They will be faced with a host of familiar faces with Ulster's XV including fellow Ireland internationals Andrew Trimble, Paddy Wallace and Tom Court getting the nod.
On Saturday all eyes will be on the Scarlets when they host third-placed side Munster. Elsewhere Aironi travel to the Connacht. And on Sunday, Treviso host the Glasgow Warriors while Edinburgh travel to the Cardiff Blues.
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