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Williams keen to stay on in Japan

Shane Williams is ready to sign a player-coach deal in Japan to push his glittering career towards two decades.

The 36-year-old could edge close to his 40th birthday if he accepts and then completes a two-year contract to extend his stay with Mitsubishi Dynoboars.

The former Ospreys flyer is Wales' record try-scorer with 58 in 87 caps, and is ready to prolong still further a career he nearly called time on in 2012.

Williams had planned to hang up his boots at the end of 2011-12 but was instead lured to Japan, later popping up as an injury replacement on the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2013.

Now the ex-Neath wing has admitted he is still not ready to quit playing.

"I've got the option to go back in April and it's probably something I'm going to take up," Williams told the BBC.

"I'm enjoying myself out there, learning new tricks of the rugby trade and obviously the culture's something to get used to as well.

"It's something I never thought I'd be doing. So that's probably going to be the story for the next two years. But I'm enjoying myself and that's what it's all about really."


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