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Gatland wants speedy Shane return


Shane Williams

Shane Williams

Shane Williams

Wales are clinging to the hope their record try-scorer and supreme entertainer Shane Williams will play a part in this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Williams dislocated his left shoulder during Wales' 29-25 defeat to world champions South Africa last Saturday, and was forced off at half-time. He now faces exploratory surgery and a minimum 10-week absence from the game. It is possible he could miss the entire Six Nations tournament.

"It's a big blow," conceded Wales coach Warren Gatland, who has handed Newport Gwent Dragons wing Aled Brew the number 11 shirt against Fiji on Friday night.

"We saw what Shane did when he was on in the first half against South Africa.

"He created a try, he got himself involved and I thought the mix between the wings (Williams and George North) was fantastic. He's a loss for us.

"The silver lining to this perhaps is that he gets a chance to do some training, to freshen up over the next few months, and fingers crossed he might be available for part of the Six Nations and then hopefully again for next year."