Williams to hang boots

Shane Williams will retire from international rugby after Wales’ Test against the Wallabies on 3 December.

There were reports suggesting the 34-year-old would retire after Wales’ fourth-place run at the recent World Cup in New Zealand, but the speedster has decided that he wants to play his last Test in front of a home crowd.

‘I’ve decided I am going to make myself available for this game. If selected, I want to play,’ said Williams. ‘If I am picked I will treat it in the same way I have always treated Wales games, but it will be a sad day for me. In fact, I’ll be devastated. But to bow out in front of Welsh fans and my family and friends would be like a dream.’

The fixture against the Wallabies will be Williams’ 87th Test. The winger is Wales’ all-time top try scorer with 57, while he has scored the most World Cup tries as a Welsh player with 10. He also became the first Welshman to be named IRB Player of the Year in 2008.

Williams will continue playing for his club Ospreys next season.