Ahead of Wales winger Shane Williams playing his final international game this weekend, New Zealand Rugby World Cup winning coach Graham Henry has been singing his praises.
Those looking at free betting tips note how The 34-year-old will retire from international duty after Wales’ clash with Australia on Saturday having scored 57 tries in 86 appearances for his country.
Speaking about how Williams ranks in the history of rugby players, Henry said: “He’s probably been the number one player in Wales for some time.”
“There have been other guys knocking on the door but he has been consistently world class.”
“And they’ve looked at him to do something special and often he does that. He’s scored some outstanding tries.”
Henry – who gave Williams his test debut in 2000 – then had some advice for the winger to take into his final game for Wales this weekend.
He said: “Go out there and express yourself again. Enjoy the occasion and score a couple of tries hopefully. And beat Australia.”
It will certainly be an emotional day for Williams as he waves goodbye to the Welsh crowd with his final farewell at the Millenium Stadium. Speaking of the crowd, they will be in full voice as they support one of their greatest ever players.
Wales will want to win the game too of course, looking to build on an impressive World Cup campaign and helping their preparations going into the 2012 Six Nations.
Captain Sam Warburton – who was sent-off in the World Cup semi-final against France – says that his team can use Williams’ retirement as motivation to defeat the Wallabies.
Referring to giving Williams a good send off, he said: That will be one of the main motivations to be honest. The service he has given to Wales over the last 10 years has been incredible. He’s been one of the best ever Welsh players.
“I think everyone in Wales would agree with that, so he will want to go out on a high and have a good send-off. All the boys get on with him really well and respect him as a player and that’s massive motivation for them.”
“I’m just mainly looking forward to getting back on home soil and playing at the Millennium Stadium again after the World Cup. We were away for a long time and we’re just really excited about being back home.”
“Hopefully this game will be a celebration of what we achieved at the World Cup and, of course, of Shane’s fantastic career as well.”