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Williams has Boks in his sights

Shane Williams admits Wales are fed up of being the nearly men in their recent battles against world champions South Africa, and he knows there would be no better time to start addressing matters than next Sunday's World Cup Pool D opener.

Williams, Wales' record tryscorer, has never been part of a victorious Wales team against the Springboks, despite eight attempts during his 81-cap Test career.

"South Africa are a side the last three times we've played them we have gone very close," he said. "But we are fed up of going close. Hopefully, this will be the stage to beat them for once."

He added: "It is a cup competition, and we know what we've got to do. We can't wait for the first game now.

"We have prepared very well for this World Cup. The guys are looking physically fitter than they've ever been, and a little bit more mentally tough than we were in the last World Cup.

"But all that doesn't matter if you don't perform on the day. We are making sure we are 100% prepared for this massive South Africa game.

"The feeling in the camp is great, and it's good to be part of, but it is all about doing it on the field as well.

"It suits us that we've got South Africa first. It will test both sides to see where we are and how far we've come over the last couple of months."

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