Shane Williams: 'I was as nervous playing for Amman as Wales'

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Wales' record try-scorer Shane Williams says he was as nervous turning out for village side Amman United as he was playing for Wales in the Six Nations.

The legendary wing, who is 40 years old, came on after 18 minutes in Amman's National Bowl semi-final against Cardigan, which they won 29-3.

He is now set for an emotional return to the Principality Stadium on Sunday, 16 April for a final versus Caerphilly.

"I would love to be involved, even if it's just a cameo experience," he said.

"I was as nervous running out for Amman in the semi-final of the National Bowl as I was for a Six Nations match, it meant that much," he continued in an interview with BBC Radio Wales Sport.

"Any help I can give the lads in order to hopefully win the competition, of course I will do that.

"Hopefully we can go the full yards and finish the job."

Shane Williams was Amman United's scrum-half before he joined Neath and converted to wing
Shane Williams was Amman United's scrum-half before he joined Neath and converted to wing

Williams, World Rugby's 2008 player of the year, enjoyed in a glittering top-flight career that saw him represent the British and Irish Lions on three different tours, but says his plan was always to return to his home club.

"Amman United was the amateur club I started at, both at junior and senior level, so it is good to come back," he said.

"I always said I would go back to my roots. I always said I would love to go back and play a couple of games with my brother. I am very fortunate my body is still able.

"A lot of these boys I played with at youth level, it is like a family to me."

Williams, who suffered a fractured jaw in the semi-final, is looking forward to a chance to return to the Principality Stadium, even though he insists he will be happy to be an unused replacement.

"The credit is for the other players for getting us there. I feel like I am jumping on the bandwagon," he said.

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"The way they are playing this season, they don't need me in all honesty.

"I wouldn't begrudge anyone starting ahead of me. I have experienced it plenty of times.

"I don't want to be too greedy. I have played there enough times, been there and brought the T-shirt.

"I can't wait to see the looks on the lads' faces, especially with half the Amman valley there to cheer them on.

"I am there to help the club out - my brother, brothers-in-law and friends from years gone all play for the club."

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