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Williams wants to make impact

Shane Williams has declared himself fit and raring to go for his probable swansong year as an international rugby player.

Ospreys star Williams is poised to win his 76th cap when Wales launch their RBS 6 Nations campaign against England in Cardiff on February 4.

Williams looked likely to miss the early part of Wales' Six Nations season when he suffered a dislocated shoulder in November, but said: "I feel just as sharp as I was before the injury - I have no issues. I am very happy with where I am, and very confident in my ability."

He added: "As far as I am concerned, it probably is my last year of international rugby, so I need to make sure I can be as quick as I possibly can be and keep up with these young guys coming through.

"I want to make sure I am doing things right, which means I have got to work harder to ensure I maintain those high standards for myself, and hopefully I can go out on a high.

"I am just concentrating on getting fit, which has meant more speed work, more weights. I wanted to get fit and be in the Six Nations squad.

"I could have been missing the first two games of this Six Nations, or I could have been missing it all, so I have worked hard to get where I am now.

"I am determined to be involved in these Six Nations games and have a good tournament, both personally and as a team.

"Against Toulon, I nearly went on at half-time. I was like a 10-year-old schoolkid - I had a strop when I couldn't go on - and I really enjoyed myself when I got out there with 20 minutes left."


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