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Six Nations: Wales wing Shane Williams confirms exit


Home win delights wing Williams

Wales record try-scorer Shane Williams has confirmed that Saturday's 2011 Six Nations finale in France will be his last game in the Championship.

The 34-year-old wing insists he will quit Test rugby after this year's Rugby World Cup, which starts in September.

"If I could play until I was 60 I would but I'm realistic," Williams said.

"Who knows what the future holds? But at the moment this will be my last Six Nations game and it could be quite emotional."

The 2008 International Rugby Board Player of the Year's double in the 24-6 win against Scotland earlier in this season's Six Nations ensures his tally is 53 scores in 79 internationals.

A win in Italy a fortnight ago was followed with Williams again playing a full part in Saturday's 19-13 win over Ireland in Cardiff, a result that brought an end to Wales' six-match winless run at home.

"It's nice to win of course and three on the trot is very nice, but it was a little bit more special because it was at home and it's been a long time coming really," Williams told BBC Wales' Scrum V programme.

Wales legend Phil Bennett hopes Williams plays on

"It was a good performance by all but wasn't the most spectacular of performances again, but it's nice to see that we can win games without playing to the best of our potential."

Williams began his Test career with a touchdown in his first full cap against Italy in 2000.

If Wales can win in Paris and Ireland beat Grand Slam-chasing England in Dublin - plus Wales making up the current 42 points difference between them and the English - then Williams could sign off his Six Nations career by winning the Championship title.

The former Neath player has been at the Ospreys since their formation in 2003 and is in contract negotiations with the Swansea-based region, as his current three-year deal expires in the summer.

The double Grand Slam winner has said he is keen to remain at the Liberty Stadium so should be impressing at regional level for several seasons yet.

But he admits that with the likes of Leigh Halfpenny, Morgan Stoddart, George North, Tom Prydie and Tom James around, Wales have depth in the wing positions.

"I'm still enjoying my rugby, I love being in camp, I really don't want to quit Wales I really don't," Williams added.

"I've got to be realistic and unfortunately I am getting older, we're all getting older we know that.

"We can't go on forever and the thing is there's boys at the moment pushing for places especially in my position.

"If I was a tight-head prop or a loose-head prop I'd play until I was 45!

"But it's getting tougher and tougher, the games are getting harder and harder and I've got to be realistic.

"I can't go on forever, so realistically this will be my last Six Nations."

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