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Six Nations: Wales plead with Shane to play on

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley hopes that Shane Williams will change his mind and abandon plans to retire from Test rugby after this year's World Cup.

Williams has been ruled out of Wales' RBS 6 Nations finale against France in Paris on Saturday due to a knee injury.

And if the 79 times-capped Ospreys wing carries out his intention to quit the international arena in October, then he has already made a Six Nations exit.

But Howley believes that Wales' record Test try-scorer, who was 34 last month, remains at the peak of his powers.

“We will miss Shane's creativity in Paris — his ability to turn defenders inside out and make something out of nothing are priceless assets,” he said.

“When he is on the ball something is going to happen, and that will be missed on Saturday.

“I have been talking to Shane in the last couple of weeks, and I hope that he has not played his last game in the Six Nations.

“He has got the World Cup and the summer games coming up, and from all the physical data we are getting from him in training — his speed, the first five and 10 metres time — he is one of our quickest backs, if not the quickest.”

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