List of international rugby union tries by Shane Williams

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Shane Williams, pictured in 2008 with his club team, Ospreys.

Shane Williams is a Welsh rugby union player who appeared 87 times for the Wales national team from 2000 to 2011.[1] Playing exclusively as a wing for Wales,[1] Williams scored 58 tries, the most for any Wales international and 18 more than second-placed Gareth Thomas.[2] Williams also made four appearances for the British and Irish Lions, three as a wing and one as a centre.[3] In those appearances, Williams scored two tries, both during the Lions' victory over South Africa on the 2009 tour (a match in which Williams was on the wing).[3] Williams' 60 international tries currently place him third on the worldwide all-time list, trailing Daisuke Ohata of Japan and David Campese of Australia.[4]

Williams made his international debut on 5 February 2000 against France in the opening round of the 2000 Six Nations Championship at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. His first try for Wales came in the next round of the Six Nations against Italy, also at Millennium Stadium.[5] Williams would go on to score tries in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 editions of the World Cup. His final try for Wales came literally at the end of his international career, as he scored on the final play of his last Test on 3 December 2011 against Australia at Millennium Stadium.[6]

His final try was his 28th at Millennium Stadium, surpassing Rory Underwood of England, with 27 at Twickenham, for the most tries scored by a player from one of the "Tier 1" nations at a single ground. Among players from all nations, Williams is level with Ohata, who scored 28 tries at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo.[7]

Williams boasts many other important try records, both for Wales and internationally. His 30 tries away from his home country (including those at neutral sites) are the most for any player in history.[7] He leads Wales in tries at home (30), away (21), on neutral ground (7), and in the Rugby World Cup (10).[7] Williams was most prolific against Italy, Japan and Scotland, scoring 9 tries against each team; he retired with the record for most tries by an opposing player against each of these nations.[7] He also retired with the most tries by any European player against both Australia (6) and South Africa (5). All of his tries against the Springboks were on South African soil, which at the time of his retirement tied him with New Zealanders Christian Cullen and Joe Rokocoko for the most overall.[7] Finally, his 6 tries against Argentina left him level with France's Serge Blanco and Émile Ntamack for the most by a European player.[7]

Williams has scored multiple tries in a single international on 14 occasions, including two hat-tricks. The first of these was a four-try effort against Japan at Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Osaka during a 2001 Wales tour.[8] The second was against Argentina at Vélez Sársfield in Buenos Aires during Wales' 2004 tour.[9] Williams scored tries against 15 countries, including all of the "Tier 1" nations.[5]

Key[edit]

  • Won denotes that the match was won by the side Williams was playing for.
  • Lost denotes that the match was lost by the side Williams was playing for.
  • Draw denotes that the match was drawn.
  • Tries 47 and 48 were scored while playing for the British and Irish Lions.

International tries[edit]

Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  Italy Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 19 February 2000 Won
2  Scotland Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 18 March 2000 Won
3  Scotland Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 18 March 2000 Won
4  Samoa Cardiff Millennium Stadium Test Match 11 November 2000 Won
5  Samoa Cardiff Millennium Stadium Test Match 11 November 2000 Won
6  Japan Osaka Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium Test Match 10 June 2001 Won
7  Japan Osaka Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium Test Match 10 June 2001 Won
8  Japan Osaka Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium Test Match 10 June 2001 Won
9  Japan Osaka Kintetsu Hanazono Rugby Stadium Test Match 10 June 2001 Won
10  Japan Tokyo Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium Test Match 17 June 2001 Won
11  Romania Wrexham Racecourse Ground Test Match 27 August 2003 Won
12  Romania Wrexham Racecourse Ground Test Match 27 August 2003 Won
13  New Zealand Sydney Stadium Australia Rugby World Cup 2 November 2003 Lost
14  Italy Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 27 March 2004 Won
15  Italy Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 27 March 2004 Won
16  Argentina Buenos Aires Vélez Sársfield Test Match 19 June 2004 Won
17  Argentina Buenos Aires Vélez Sársfield Test Match 19 June 2004 Won
18  Argentina Buenos Aires Vélez Sársfield Test Match 19 June 2004 Won
19  South Africa Pretoria Loftus Versfeld Test Match 26 June 2004 Lost
20  Japan Cardiff Millennium Stadium Test Match 26 November 2004 Won
21  Japan Cardiff Millennium Stadium Test Match 26 November 2004 Won
22  England Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 5 February 2005 Won
23  Italy Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 12 February 2005 Won
24  Scotland Edinburgh Murrayfield Six Nations 13 March 2005 Won
25  Australia Cardiff Millennium Stadium Test Match 26 November 2005 Won
26  Argentina Buenos Aires Vélez Sársfield Test Match 17 June 2006 Lost
27  Australia Cardiff Millennium Stadium Test Match 4 November 2006 Draw
28  Canada Cardiff Millennium Stadium Test Match 17 November 2006 Won
29  Italy Rome Stadio Flaminio Six Nations 10 March 2007 Won
30  Canada Nantes Stade de la Beaujoire Rugby World Cup 9 September 2007 Won
31  Canada Nantes Stade de la Beaujoire Rugby World Cup 9 September 2007 Won
32  Australia Cardiff Millennium Stadium Rugby World Cup 15 September 2007 Lost
33  Japan Cardiff Millennium Stadium Rugby World Cup 20 September 2007 Won
34  Japan Cardiff Millennium Stadium Rugby World Cup 20 September 2007 Won
35  Fiji Nantes Stade de la Beaujoire Rugby World Cup 9 September 2007 Lost
36  Scotland Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 9 February 2008 Won
37  Scotland Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 9 February 2008 Won
38  Italy Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 23 February 2008 Won
39  Italy Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 23 February 2008 Won
40  Ireland Dublin Croke Park Six Nations 8 March 2008 Won
41  France Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 15 March 2008 Won
42  South Africa Bloemfontein Vodacom Park Prince William Cup 7 June 2008 Lost
43  South Africa Pretoria Loftus Versfeld Prince William Cup 14 June 2008 Lost
44  Australia Cardiff Millennium Stadium James Bevan Trophy 29 November 2008 Won
45  Scotland Edinburgh Murrayfield Six Nations 8 February 2009 Won
46  Italy Rome Stadio Flaminio Six Nations 14 March 2009 Won
47  South Africa Johannesburg Coca-Cola Park Test Match 4 July 2009 Won
48  South Africa Johannesburg Coca-Cola Park Test Match 4 July 2009 Won
49  Argentina Cardiff Millennium Stadium Test Match 21 November 2009 Won
50  Argentina Cardiff Millennium Stadium Test Match 21 November 2009 Won
51  Scotland Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 13 February 2010 Won
52  France Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 26 February 2010 Won
53  Italy Cardiff Millennium Stadium Six Nations 20 March 2010 Won
54  Scotland Edinburgh Murrayfield Six Nations 12 February 2011 Won
55  Scotland Edinburgh Murrayfield Six Nations 12 February 2011 Won
56  England London Twickenham Test Match 6 August 2011 Lost
57  Samoa Hamilton Waikato Stadium Rugby World Cup 18 September 2011 Won
58  Ireland Wellington Wellington Regional Stadium Rugby World Cup 8 October 2011 Won
59  Australia Auckland Eden Park Rugby World Cup 21 October 2011 Lost
60  Australia Cardiff Millennium Stadium James Bevan Trophy 3 December 2011 Lost

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b SFMS Limited. "Statsguru / Player analysis / Shane Williams / Test matches (primary team: Wales)". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  2. ^ SFMS Limited. "Statsguru / Test matches / Player records (primary team: Wales, ordered by: total tries scored, descending order)". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b SFMS Limited. "Statsguru / Player analysis / Shane Williams / Test matches (primary team: British and Irish Lions)". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. ^ SFMS Limited. "Statsguru / Test matches / Player records (ordered by total tries scored)". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b SFMS Limited. "Statsguru / Player analysis / Shane Williams / Test matches (match by match list)". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Pope, Bruce (3 December 2011). "Wales 18-24 Australia". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Richards, Huw (5 June 2012). "The little winger who left a big impression". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  8. ^ SFMS Limited. "Match details: Japan–Wales, Osaka, 10 June 2001". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  9. ^ SFMS Limited. "Match details: Argentina–Wales, Buenos Aires, 19 June 2004". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 15 August 2012.