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Wrth i ni edrych ymlaen at Bencampwriaeth y Chwe Gwlad 2017, cyfle arall i weld portread arbennig o'r seren rygbi Shane Williams. Documentary about Welsh rugby legend, Shane Wil...


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-2008 was a year

-of legendary moments.

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-Immortal moments

-that we'll remember forever.

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-A Welsh winger who shone on the

-rugby fields all over the world...

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-..with not only one,

-but many moments of pure wizardry.

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-Late in November,

-it was officially acknowledged...

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-..that the little wizard from

-Ammanford, was a giant of the game.

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-Who is you successor

-as player of the year?

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-Ladies and gentlemen,

-IRB player of the year 2008...

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-..Shane Williams.

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-When you think of all the

-rugby players in the world...

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-..it's an honour

-to be named best player.

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-I still can't believe it.

-It's a very special feeling.

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-I've accomplished something

-I never thought was possible.

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-No-one can take it away from me.

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-I'm very proud

-and I have been very lucky.

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-I love my job and it's always easier

-when you enjoy what you're doing.

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-I've worked hard.

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-I haven't always had it my way

-but I've succeeded.

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-2008 was Shane Williams'

-testimonial year.

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-A reward for representing Neath

-and the Ospreys for a decade.

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-A chance to earn pocket money, grand

-dinner parties, testimonial games...

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-..and an auction to sell some

-treasures from the golden era.

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-Treasures that are valuable

-for their memories.

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-Memories of unforgettable moments.

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-Of course, the first shirt

-I wore will be in the auction.

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-Someone's phoning me again!

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-This is my first Ospreys shirt.

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-That's the rugby kit I wore

-at the 2003 World Cup...

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-..against Jason Robinson -

-he's signed it.

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-You can see from that name

-at the bottom that it's genuine.

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-This is the only one which has been

-made with the yellow togs.

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-It says on the base that it's a

-limited edition - yellow boots.

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-41/41 - there were 41 tries!

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-That's the reason this has been

-made and it's unique.

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-These are the shirts I wore

-during the Grand Slam in 2008.

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-England, Scotland,

-Italy, Ireland...

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-..and France

-is in gold for some reason.

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-It's probably because it was

-the final game of the Grand Slam.

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-Looking at them makes me

-want to keep them.

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-I may change my mind before dinner!

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-One second...

-you only need one second...

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-One second of wizardry.

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-Wales v Scotland

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-I don't know if any other player

-in the world...

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-..could have done what Shane did

-when it was crucial.

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-What I do is try to push

-my opponents away first.

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-If you can get them out of the way,

-there's usually a gap behind them.

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-His space is diminishing,

-he doesn't have much left...

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-..to get him to the line.

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-He knows exactly where he is

-on the field...

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-..even though things are moving so

-quickly and defence is so tight...

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-..even though the line is so close.

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-I don't even think about it.

-I just want to get over the line.

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-He was in the air.

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-No part of his body

-was touching the ground.

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-The try against Scotland - perhaps

-I wouldn't have scored that try...

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-..if I'd never done gymnastics.

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-I stretched myself in that corner

-and I was lucky to score a try.

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-That one moment of genius...

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-..made a stadium full of

-people - 75,000 people...

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-..all hold their breath

-at the same time.

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-They were open-mouthed.

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-They could hardly believe

-what they were seeing.

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-Shane Williams is through the gap

-and going for the corner.

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-He's in for his second.

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-The try came out of nowhere.

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-As we've seen in recent years, Shane

-had the spark at the right moment.

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-He was born on 26 February 1977

-at Morriston.

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-He was a big baby.

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-They said he was going to be small.

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-But when he was born,

-he was nine pounds.

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-He was a big baby.

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-He's Shane Mark -

-named Mark after his father.

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-I wanted to give him

-an unusual name, so I chose Shane.

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-He didn't like toys

-when he was little.

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-He liked being outside all day.

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-After school, I used to go home,

-change, have something to eat...

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-..then I'd be out all evening.

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-I'd either be playing football

-or rugby in the park.

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-We'd play johnny knockers, fox

-and hounds, hide and seek and so on.

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-Whatever it was, I'd be there.

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-When I went home, Mum would go nuts

-because I'd be so dirty.

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-I was always having

-to change my clothes.

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-All he ever wanted

-to do was play sport.

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-He was talented at football,

-gymnastics, athletics and boxing.

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-He was BMX champion.

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-He did fun runs, rugby - everything.

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-But not cricket.

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-For some reason, I hate cricket.

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-Every sport I've done has helped me.

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-Playing soccer has helped me

-with my kicking game.

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-Everyone loves playing soccer.

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-We needed a goalie

-and Shane decided to go in goal.

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-That's how he started playing

-for Cwmamman Football Club.

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-He always wanted to come out

-and take penalties and corners...

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-..or free kicks

-or anything rather than be in goal.

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-He could catch well and throw -

-he could do it all.

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-I never thought I was talented.

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-I played these sports

-because I liked them.

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-It was a chance to meet up

-with friends...

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-..keep off the streets...

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-..and play a couple of games.

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-I thought,

-"well, this is bloody easy".

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-From the first day I saw him kicking

-the ball on the ground...

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-..and saw his footballing skills...

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-..he could head the ball well too...

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-..I realized there wasn't anything

-he couldn't do.

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-But his left foot was his strongest

-not his right.

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-He developed other skills

-playing football.

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-He often looks up to see

-what's happening on the field.

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-In football, you tend to have your

-head up far more than in rugby.

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-In rugby, you keep your head down

-and your behind in the air.

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-That's how rugby is played,

-especially when you're young.

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-Gavin Henson has played some

-football, as has James Hook.

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-Those boys have plenty of vision.

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-So perhaps it does help.

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-I think he could have played

-football at a high level.

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-He was quick and he had the skills.

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-I think he would have gone

-a long way.

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-I wasn't good enough to play

-for Manchester United...

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-..so I started playing rugby again.

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-At Amman Valley School, the great

-entertainer found another talent...

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-..and love for another sport.

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-Like so many other stars, he was

-lucky to have excellent teachers.

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-One of these was his gymnastics

-teacher, Dai Beynon.

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-Mr Beynon was important to everyone.

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-He was a good teacher and he helped

-me not only with gymnastics...

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-..but he taught me rugby, football

-and other sports.

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-If people don't give you a chance

-or any hope of doing something...

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-..it's very difficult.

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-You begin to hate the teacher then

-and sometimes the sport as well.

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-Could you do it now?

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-I expect I could attempt something.

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-It's nice to see

-the trampettes out.

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-I used to like doing things

-on the trampette.

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-After half an hour's practice, I'm

-sure you'll be able to do it easily.

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-I'd need to do a few stretches

-first.

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-Maybe not today - I've a few

-important games coming up.

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-I used to like gymnastics.

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-I used to come in at lunchtime

-to do it, so I must have liked it.

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-I remember this gym

-as being much bigger.

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-You were smaller then.

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-Yes, I was a bit smaller.

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-I remember when you started here,

-you were small for your age.

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-But you were a bundle of energy.

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-I loved doing it.

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-It was a chance for me to do things

-like Oliver as well.

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-You remember Oliver, do you?

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-You remember Oliver, do you?

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-I'll never forget it.

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-My grandmother's still

-got the video.

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-Every time someone talks about

-Oliver, she talks about the video.

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-It happened the first night.

-I remember it well.

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-I was at the side of the stage

-watching. We'd rehearsed so much.

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-We had check marks and you hit one

-of the check marks with your foot.

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-I don't remember.

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-It was the wrong foot.

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-I just hoped the piano teacher

-was okay after I fell on her.

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-You had something that

-a lot of people don't have.

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-You had vision

-and spatial awareness.

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-We called you "the cat" in private.

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-We compared you to a cat.

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-If you throw a cat in the air,

-it'll always land on her feet.

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-You were the same.

-You always knew where you were.

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-I'm not sure about that -

-I fell on my head a few times.

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-Not when I was here.

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-I can only think of two players from

-Wales, Britain or maybe the world...

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-..who could do the things

-you can do now.

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-Both of you were good gymnasts.

-You and Gareth Edwards.

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-You've both had the honour of being

-named best players in the world.

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-Well done you.

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-Rugby was the main sport

-at Amman Valley School.

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-And on the old playing fields,

-with his former teachers...

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-..the memories come flooding back.

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-I played for the first team

-a couple of times.

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-I played scrum-half at school.

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-Some of the players

-were a lot better than me...

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-..such as Dylan Davies

-who was in the year above me.

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-He always played in the first team.

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-I knew he was better than me, so I

-usually played in the second team.

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-There's nothing wrong with that.

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-That's the way it was.

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-I wasn't good enough.

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-You mostly played scrum-half

-in Years 7, 8 and 9.

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-I think you played on the wing

-up in Doncaster.

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-I scored five tries against them

-the first time we went there.

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-I played on the wing there.

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-Did you have a girlfriend up there

-or shouldn't I mention that?

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-Shane is a perfect example of

-someone who wasn't a superstar...

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-..when he was in school.

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-We've coached loads of boys

-who have played for the county...

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-..especially in Years 7, 8 and 9

-and who haven't developed further.

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-Shane has stuck at it.

-He switched from playing soccer.

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-He always enjoyed his games

-at school.

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-He came to rugby

-when he was a bit older.

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-It's important to enjoy

-what you do at that age.

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-Looking back, it was wise to take

-a year or two out to play football.

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-You came back to it fresh.

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-One second. It only takes

-one second to do something.

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-One second of wizardry.

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-Wales vs Ireland

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-At Croke Park, I felt it was a game

-we should win.

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-We had to win it.

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-I didn't want to go home and say

-"what a pity!" again.

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-We've been to Dublin and lost.

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-And that glittering moment came.

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-If Wales hadn't scored then,

-they might have lost the game.

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-The game went up a gear

-when he got the ball.

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-He made the difference in that game

-and put Wales in the lead.

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-He thinks so quickly

-and does things so quickly.

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-Things happen in a millisecond.

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-He has no space, there are

-three or four in defence...

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-It's his strength as well as he

-pushes the tackler out of the way.

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-It was the first time

-I'd beaten a player with a hand-off.

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-It was quite a special feeling.

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-And yet he found his way past

-all of them and crossed the line.

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-When he needs to, he can remember

-everything he's done...

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-..read the situation in front of him

-and take the right course of action.

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-He knows, in that second,

-that he could make a mistake too.

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-That's his greatness -

-having faith in himself...

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-..and to be able to feel

-that he can take on...

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-..and defeat these opponents.

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-He isn't afraid of failing.

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-"He's scored his fortieth try

-for Wales."

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-It's the first Saturday morning

-of 2009.

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-It's a frosty morning...

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-..and all the games in the valley

-have been called off.

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-The best rugby player in the world

-has come to Cwmamman Park...

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-..to play touch rugby

-with his mates and the local boys.

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-After Christmas, everyone's drunk

-too much and eaten too much.

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-It's a chance for the boys to

-come out today and have some fun...

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-..and blow away the cobwebs.

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-How many Wales players come to play

-touch rugby at their local club?

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-It's easier to go to the gym.

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-But Shane is here with his friends.

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-I don't think there are many people

-who have reached his level...

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-..and who are well-known

-at international level...

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-..who have stayed close to their

-roots and to their local community.

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-He's a nice chap and would do

-anything for this area.

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-You can't buy what's available here.

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-It's a disadvantaged area -

-there is poverty here.

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-Yet so many of the important things

-in life are available in this area.

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-You can't put a price

-on those things.

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-I think Shane appreciates that.

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-It was obvious

-that Shane was talented.

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-He had the skills back then.

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-He was the smallest in the team,

-but his skills were amazing.

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-It was a pleasure

-to watch him play.

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-I remember once,

-I was watching in the stand...

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-..I'm a bit younger than Shane...

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-..he took the ball into his own

-22, chipped it over one player...

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-..caught it, chipped it again,

-caught it again and scored.

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-That moment sticks out in my mind.

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-People started coming to matches...

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-..who wouldn't normally have come

-to see Amman play.

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-Once the word got out

-that we had this great player...

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-..it attracted people to the club.

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-I think he's created that kind

-of excitement throughout his career.

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-I was in my own 22

-and in a bit of bother.

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-Shane picked up the ball and I

-wondered what he was going to do.

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-He started to dance around the 22.

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-It was a bit like

-that film, Billy Elliot.

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-He was dancing and all of a sudden,

-he ran the length of the pitch.

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-He was under the posts

-sitting on the ball.

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-The referee said, "Sorry boy, you've

-just wasted your time. No try."

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-He asked why and the referee said he

-hadn't grounded the ball properly.

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-The last thing I used to tell the

-boys as they went on the pitch...

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-..was "look after Shane"

-because he was so small.

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-I think everyone knew very early on

-that he would go a long way.

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-But it's hard to believe sometimes

-just how well he's done...

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-..especially in the last year

-with everything he's won.

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-But everyone at the club and in

-the village is very proud of him.

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-No, he hasn't forgotten his roots.

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-No, he hasn't forgotten his roots.

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-He's still the same Shane.

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-He hasn't changed

-since he was a boy.

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-He's a nice chap. One of the boys.

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-Former Neath player, Alan Edmunds,

-was the coach at Amman at the time.

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-A message came from him saying that

-he had a very talented player.

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-I invited Shane to come and play

-for Neath against Pembrokeshire...

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-..one evening as a scrum-half.

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-I remember him coming in.

-He was small and weak.

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-He played and you could see

-he wasn't a good scrum-half...

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-..but he could play.

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-He scored a try

-50 yards from the scrum.

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-He got under the posts,

-he could sidestep, he was fast...

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-..and I thought "wow",

-he's got something.

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-But he wasn't a scrum-half.

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-I got a phone call

-from Lyn Jones...

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-..asking me to do

-a couple of sessions.

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-I went down with him...

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-..and I ended up signing a contract

-with Neath for four months.

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-I was getting paid every week.

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-It was a "see how it goes" contract.

0:22:110:22:14

-When you see a player like that,

-you have to find a place for them.

0:22:140:22:21

-I struggled a bit

-in the beginning...

0:22:210:22:23

-..because the standard was much

-higher than what I'd been playing.

0:22:240:22:28

-It took me a while to settle.

0:22:280:22:31

-The first thing I did was

-take him to Stadium Garage...

0:22:310:22:35

-..and got him a new car.

0:22:350:22:37

-I had a banged up Fiesta 1.1

-with scratches down the side.

0:22:370:22:41

-Very soon, the small lad from Amman

-lit up the Gnoll...

0:22:450:22:49

-..with his fantastic running.

0:22:490:22:51

-The rugby world began to recognize

-his unique talent.

0:22:510:22:55

-I heard from my brother-in-law,

-Dai Beynon, about this new player.

0:22:560:23:02

-He said that he was very fast

-but quite small.

0:23:020:23:04

-But Dai told me that he thought

-he was like me when I was a boy.

0:23:050:23:09

-I remember the first time

-I saw him play for Neath...

0:23:100:23:14

-..against Cardiff, Shane had one

-chance with the ball in his hand...

0:23:140:23:18

-..and before you knew it,

-he was dodging around.

0:23:190:23:23

-He scored a try

-from the halfway line.

0:23:230:23:25

-He dodged around all his opponents.

0:23:250:23:30

-He made the Cardiff players

-look old and slow.

0:23:300:23:34

-As I was watching,

-I thought "Gerald Davies".

0:23:380:23:42

-But the general impression was that

-this lad had something special.

0:23:450:23:49

-That is, the ability to beat any man

-on the field in a confined space.

0:23:500:23:56

-888

0:24:050:24:06

-888

-

-888

0:24:060:24:07

-Can you manage that, guys?

0:24:240:24:25

-Careful! We don't want any more

-injuries in the Ospreys.

0:24:260:24:30

-So, who is going

-to start me off on 3,000?

0:24:300:24:34

-Do I have 4,000?

0:24:360:24:38

-Again, I have five on the phone -

-thank you very much indeed.

0:24:390:24:42

-Five thousand on the phone.

0:24:430:24:45

-I keep things in the house,

-but seeing things being sold...

0:24:450:24:49

-..is very hard sometimes.

0:24:490:24:51

-But I don't have enough room

-in the house.

0:24:510:24:54

-What I want to see

-is multidimensional rugby.

0:24:560:24:59

-Multidimensional rugby.

0:25:010:25:02

-We don't want plodders.

0:25:020:25:04

-We don't want set piece players.

0:25:040:25:06

-We want guys who will run all day.

0:25:060:25:08

-Earlier this century, Graham Henry

-was the saviour of Welsh rugby.

0:25:090:25:13

-And the little wizard had a chance

-to make an impression...

0:25:130:25:17

-..in a test game at St Helens.

0:25:180:25:20

-I was very nervous because I was

-in the possible probables team.

0:25:200:25:24

-So it was a big game.

0:25:240:25:27

-I thought this was my chance

-to play for Wales.

0:25:270:25:30

-It was a big night for me.

0:25:300:25:32

-A number of former Welsh players

-got together at St Helens...

0:25:330:25:39

-..to see this test match.

0:25:390:25:41

-It was difficult

-going into the match.

0:25:420:25:46

-I was trying things but I couldn't

-get my hands on the ball.

0:25:460:25:50

-The ball was always going

-the other way down the field.

0:25:500:25:54

-So I thought I'd missed my chance.

0:25:540:25:57

-But in the second half,

-I looked more for the ball...

0:25:570:26:00

-..and things went my way.

0:26:010:26:02

-In the end, I had quite a good game.

0:26:030:26:05

-On Monday night,

-he called us together...

0:26:090:26:12

-..and we sat around

-the dinner table.

0:26:120:26:14

-Shane Williams was

-a bit nervous to begin with.

0:26:150:26:17

-He has bags of gas.

-Looks comfortable on the ball.

0:26:180:26:22

-There were four wingers

-at the trial.

0:26:250:26:27

-Thomas was one.

0:26:280:26:29

-I'd go for Shane Williams

-as my second one.

0:26:310:26:33

-He's got so much pace and he could

-handle international rugby.

0:26:330:26:37

-They started reading out

-the names of the first team.

0:26:380:26:41

-Three quarters - Gareth Thomas,

-Cardiff, Mark Taylor, Swansea...

0:26:420:26:46

-..Jason Jones Hughes, Newport,

-Allan Bateman, Northampton...

0:26:460:26:50

-..Dafydd James, Llanelli,

-Shane Williams, Neath.

0:26:510:26:54

-He said, "well done,

-congratulations"...

0:26:540:26:57

-..and I thought "oh shit!"

0:26:580:26:59

-It was a very special feeling.

0:27:000:27:03

-After that, I wrote him a letter to

-congratulate him and wish him luck.

0:27:030:27:08

-I told him I hoped he'd get

-what he wanted in the future.

0:27:090:27:15

-I looked up to Gerald Davies,

-so getting a letter from him...

0:27:150:27:19

-..was very special.

0:27:190:27:20

-That gave me confidence going into

-the Six Nations matches.

0:27:210:27:24

-Coming off the bench in that game

-and playing for Wales...

0:27:320:27:36

-..for the first time

-was very difficult.

0:27:360:27:39

-I just wanted to stay on the bench.

0:27:390:27:41

-I was wearing Dai Young's shirts

-on the day...

0:27:420:27:45

-..and they were about

-three sizes too big.

0:27:450:27:48

-He was only a kid then.

0:27:500:27:51

-But he always had that X factor.

0:27:520:27:56

-The ability to beat people - to step

-and create things out of nothing.

0:27:560:28:01

-I felt at the time,

-that he was picked for Wales...

0:28:010:28:05

-..because the press wanted him

-to be picked.

0:28:050:28:08

-The entire nation, almost,

-wanted Shane to play.

0:28:080:28:12

-The coach didn't believe in him, but

-they put him on against France...

0:28:120:28:18

-..for his first cap

-to keep people quiet.

0:28:180:28:22

-He had about one second

-of beating someone on the wing...

0:28:220:28:27

-..and the crowd were instantly

-on their feet.

0:28:270:28:29

-Such was the relationship

-Shane had with the crowd...

0:28:300:28:33

-..that the coach seemed

-almost irrelevant.

0:28:330:28:35

-I remember talking to Shane because

-I've got a lot of time for him.

0:28:350:28:40

-I told him, "Unless you express

-yourself out there...

0:28:400:28:43

-"..you can't get in this team. You

-can't be conservative in this side".

0:28:430:28:47

-I started to think that perhaps

-I was good enough to play...

0:28:470:28:51

-..at that level and that I could

-compete with the best in the world.

0:28:510:28:55

-Within quite a short time, I'd gone

-from Amman United to Neath...

0:28:550:29:02

-..and then to Wales

-and all within a year a half.

0:29:020:29:05

-Every time I went up a level,

-I was asking myself...

0:29:060:29:09

-..whether I was good enough.

0:29:090:29:11

-Wales v France

0:29:130:29:16

-In the game against France,

-again, it was very tight.

0:29:210:29:24

-France put the pressure on.

0:29:240:29:26

-Shane can make

-something out of nothing.

0:29:280:29:30

-He can do it at any time

-and change the game completely.

0:29:300:29:34

-Very unexpected again,

-but he came in defensively...

0:29:350:29:38

-..and kicked the ball through.

0:29:390:29:41

-The first thing was to try

-and kick whatever I could.

0:29:410:29:45

-He moved so quickly

-and the ball was on the ground...

0:29:450:29:50

-..and you never know

-how a rugby ball will go.

0:29:500:29:53

-It was a perfect bounce.

0:29:540:29:56

-The first kick landed in the 22.

0:29:570:29:59

-He slowed down.

-He'd been running fast.

0:30:000:30:03

-It was those soccer skills again.

0:30:040:30:06

-How to control that ball

-and get it over the line...

0:30:060:30:09

-..without it going long

-or stopping short...

0:30:100:30:13

-..so that he could score.

0:30:130:30:15

-He brings some unconventional skills

-to the game...

0:30:170:30:22

-..and this sets him apart

-from the others.

0:30:220:30:26

-The ball has gone forward.

0:30:270:30:29

-Can Shane Williams do it again?

0:30:300:30:32

-Shane Williams is on course -

-Shane Williams has scored!

0:30:330:30:36

-He knows he's scored.

0:30:380:30:40

-He's broken Gareth Thomas' record.

0:30:410:30:44

-There was a lot of pressure on me

-the week before that game...

0:30:460:30:49

-..from the press.

0:30:500:30:51

-Everyone was talking

-about the record.

0:30:510:30:53

-Scoring that try

-was quite a relief in the end.

0:30:530:30:57

-It was very special because,

-of course, we won the Grand Slam.

0:30:570:31:00

-And he's scored against France.

0:31:010:31:03

-The only one

-of the main countries...

0:31:030:31:05

-..that he hadn't scored

-against before.

0:31:060:31:09

-After a season in the Welsh shirt,

-there was a dark period.

0:31:160:31:20

-Henry and his successor,

-Steve Hansen said plainly...

0:31:220:31:25

-..that the little wizard was

-too small for international rugby...

0:31:250:31:30

-..and he needed to grow a bit.

0:31:300:31:32

-It certainly came as a blow

-to Shane...

0:31:340:31:36

-..and he began to doubt his ability.

0:31:360:31:39

-Did he have the right physical

-attributes to compete...

0:31:390:31:43

-..at the highest level?

0:31:430:31:44

-It was certainly

-a worrying period for him.

0:31:450:31:48

-For someone to tell him

-that he was too small...

0:31:490:31:52

-..and that he wouldn't be able

-to do this or that...

0:31:520:31:55

-..when he knows that he can do

-these things, it's frustrating.

0:31:560:32:00

-Graham wasn't happy with his size.

0:32:010:32:03

-Shane wanted to grow.

0:32:030:32:06

-He tried everything to grow

-and put weight on.

0:32:060:32:11

-It was very difficult.

0:32:120:32:13

-I tried things like creatine

-and protein shakes.

0:32:130:32:16

-I had protein shakes

-with everything.

0:32:170:32:19

-I was having six shredded wheat

-in the morning.

0:32:190:32:22

-I put on weight.

0:32:220:32:23

-I was two stone heavier

-than I had been before the injuries.

0:32:230:32:27

-I had problems with my hamstring

-and something else.

0:32:270:32:31

-I was trying too hard on the field.

0:32:310:32:33

-I was slower

-because I had put on weight.

0:32:340:32:36

-I was drinking a lot more

-than I was supposed to.

0:32:450:32:48

-I was going out all the time.

0:32:490:32:51

-I couldn't do weights

-because of my hamstring...

0:32:510:32:54

-..and because I fell off my bike

-and injured my arm.

0:32:540:32:58

-So I wasn't doing anything.

0:32:580:33:00

-I was just getting up in the morning

-and eating and doing nothing.

0:33:000:33:04

-He wasn't depressed exactly...

0:33:040:33:08

-..but he was down in the dumps.

0:33:080:33:11

-When you grow up as a person, you're

-going to make mistakes in life.

0:33:130:33:18

-I remember a lot of things

-that happened to Shane.

0:33:180:33:22

-He fell off his bike.

0:33:220:33:23

-He had a scrambler and he'd been

-out of rugby for a few months.

0:33:230:33:29

-He'd been fighting

-in the village too.

0:33:300:33:32

-But these things happen to people.

0:33:320:33:35

-They have to get through it...

0:33:350:33:37

-..and come out the other side

-as a better person.

0:33:380:33:41

-That's what Shane's done.

0:33:410:33:43

-I woke up one morning

-and thought "I have to grow up".

0:33:430:33:46

-"I have to work hard,

-have the physio...

0:33:470:33:51

-"..and get my legs working, so that

-I can do something at the gym...

0:33:510:33:55

-"..and get back to training."

0:33:550:33:57

-I grew up on that day.

0:33:570:33:59

-I wanted to play rugby

-again for Neath...

0:33:590:34:02

-..and I wanted

-to play for Wales.

0:34:020:34:04

-I wanted to prove

-a lot of people wrong.

0:34:040:34:07

-He could have given up

-and never gone any further.

0:34:070:34:12

-Or he could choose to prove

-that they were wrong about him.

0:34:120:34:16

-Shane made the right decision.

0:34:160:34:19

-He had the confidence

-and he wanted to be successful.

0:34:200:34:24

-It was in his heart

-and in his blood.

0:34:250:34:27

-Thank goodness it was and that he

-felt he could prove them wrong.

0:34:280:34:33

-In no time at all,

-I was training again.

0:34:330:34:36

-I started playing matches and

-enjoying being on the field.

0:34:360:34:39

-I worked hard and it all came back.

0:34:390:34:42

-Shane Williams is there.

0:34:520:34:53

-He's back.

0:34:550:34:56

-Despite shining for Neath, he wanted

-to get back in the Welsh shirt.

0:35:070:35:12

-Miraculously, he was chosen

-for the World Cup in 2003...

0:35:130:35:17

-..as the third scrum-half

-in Hansen's squad.

0:35:170:35:20

-I went to the World Cup

-as a water boy, I think.

0:35:200:35:23

-That's all I did there anyway -

-that and holding tackle pads.

0:35:240:35:27

-At an unimportant group match,

-Hansen fielded his second team.

0:35:280:35:32

-Shane got his chance against

-the favourites, New Zealand.

0:35:330:35:37

-I'm pretty sure Hansen didn't

-expect anything from that game.

0:35:380:35:43

-So there was no point in wasting

-the first team players...

0:35:430:35:47

-..against the All Blacks

-because they'd lose anyway.

0:35:470:35:50

-Then there was this performance.

0:35:500:35:52

-If you want attention, you have

-to perform against the All Blacks.

0:35:520:35:58

-Wales started to play in a way

-we hadn't seen for years.

0:36:030:36:08

-They played the rugby

-that comes naturally to us.

0:36:090:36:12

-No-one showed their ability

-more than Shane.

0:36:120:36:15

-Shane was at the top of his game.

0:36:150:36:17

-He was constantly looking

-for something to do.

0:36:180:36:22

-No-one could touch him.

0:36:220:36:25

-His runs and his sidestepping

-were amazing.

0:36:250:36:28

-I saw a chance

-and I went for the gap.

0:36:300:36:32

-That's what I did

-every time I got the ball.

0:36:320:36:35

-I tried to break through.

0:36:350:36:36

-Although Hansen said

-it was all planned...

0:36:380:36:41

-..there's no way it was planned.

0:36:410:36:43

-Shane never figured much

-in his plans.

0:36:440:36:46

-I was just glad to prove a point.

0:36:460:36:50

-I could now put two fingers up

-to my detractors.

0:36:500:36:55

-The important thing for me was

-that I was playing for Wales again.

0:36:550:36:59

-Inevitably, you always want

-the underdog to win.

0:37:000:37:03

-On the rugby field,

-the little man is the underdog.

0:37:030:37:06

-It was nice to see the little man

-get his moment of glory.

0:37:060:37:11

-888

0:37:180:37:18

-888

-

-888

0:37:180:37:20

-Amman is like a twilight zone -

-you can't move out of the area.

0:37:240:37:29

-A lot of my friends have moved away.

-But most have returned.

0:37:310:37:36

-Something pulls them back to the

-area though they don't know what.

0:37:360:37:41

-Not many live in the area

-but everyone enjoys living there.

0:37:410:37:45

-Everyone knows each other

-in Glanamman and Garnant.

0:37:450:37:49

-But, sometimes they know too much.

0:37:500:37:54

-There are gossips in the area

-so you must look out for them.

0:37:550:37:58

-You probably get that everywhere.

0:37:590:38:01

-I've moved to Betws.

0:38:020:38:05

-It's a little outside the area.

0:38:050:38:08

-But I'm in Glanamman and Garnant

-almost every day.

0:38:090:38:12

-So I get pulled back

-every time I try to leave.

0:38:130:38:17

-I've always been close to Mam.

-She's always helped me.

0:38:210:38:25

-My parents split up

-when I was young.

0:38:250:38:27

-So I was always

-the man in the house.

0:38:270:38:31

-So I'm very close to Mam.

0:38:310:38:33

-The Ospreys and regional rugby...

0:38:370:38:39

-..was the new stage for the little

-wizard after the 2003 World Cup.

0:38:390:38:43

-The whole world now appreciated

-his incredible talent.

0:38:430:38:48

-The Ospreys' success and ambition

-meant he was happy to stay at home.

0:38:530:38:58

-I think Shane's similar

-to Ryan Giggs.

0:39:040:39:06

-Ryan Giggs could've gone to Italy

-or Spain and earned more money...

0:39:060:39:11

-..or done the same as David Beckham.

0:39:120:39:14

-He may not have earned

-as much as some players...

0:39:140:39:17

-..but the respect people have

-for Ryan Giggs is huge.

0:39:170:39:21

-I think there's a parallel

-with Shane's career.

0:39:220:39:26

-If Shane signed for a French club...

0:39:270:39:31

-..he could earn

-300,000 - 350,000 a year.

0:39:310:39:36

-The Ospreys said I could talk

-to other clubs.

0:39:400:39:45

-I went to Castres in France

-to take a look at the set-up.

0:39:450:39:50

-He said he was going

-but I knew he wouldn't move there.

0:39:500:39:55

-He went for a couple of weeks

-and returned.

0:39:560:39:59

-The money they were throwing at me

-was clean off ridiculous.

0:40:000:40:04

-There's a lot of money out there.

0:40:050:40:07

-He's a home bird.

-He doesn't want to leave.

0:40:070:40:10

-He likes wanting to go

-but when it comes to the crunch...

0:40:100:40:15

-..he'll never leave.

0:40:150:40:17

-He was up against

-the World Champions.

0:40:290:40:33

-They play against the best from New

-Zealand and Australia every week.

0:40:330:40:39

-Their defence

-is one of the best in the world.

0:40:400:40:43

-He had no right to score that try.

0:40:430:40:45

-He had no support.

-He couldn't turn to anyone.

0:40:470:40:51

-He couldn't do a dummy pass -

-there was no-one around him.

0:40:530:40:56

-It isn't always good

-to have too much time.

0:40:570:41:00

-I remember the defence were there -

-five or six of them.

0:41:030:41:07

-How did he bamboozle all of them

-without being touched?

0:41:070:41:11

-I thought I'd get smashed

-in the corner.

0:41:120:41:14

-That's the trick - to move inside...

0:41:150:41:19

-..slow the defence

-and make them rethink.

0:41:190:41:23

-After that, they're not as quick.

0:41:240:41:26

-Consequently,

-there was only one winner.

0:41:270:41:30

-They'd given up

-as Shane was in control.

0:41:300:41:32

-It was stunning. Incredible.

0:41:340:41:36

-Poetry on legs!

0:41:360:41:38

-The Boks' supporters

-were on their feet.

0:41:380:41:41

-They knew there

-was something special about him.

0:41:410:41:44

-A chance, a half-chance. He's away.

0:41:450:41:48

-Shane Williams.

-Will he get his second try?

0:41:480:41:51

-Superb! Magnificent! Marvellous!

0:41:510:41:55

-That's what Shane Williams

-gives you.

0:41:550:41:58

-I saw Shane shortly after the game.

0:41:580:42:00

-I didn't know what to say!

0:42:010:42:04

-I was speechless!

0:42:060:42:09

-The little wizard

-has lit up the world with his magic.

0:42:170:42:21

-But back home in the Amman Valley,

-he's one of the boys.

0:42:210:42:25

-You get the feeling that

-he's happiest on his home patch.

0:42:250:42:31

-It's a strange dichotomy.

0:42:370:42:39

-The quiet man at the bar is

-the best rugby player in the world.

0:42:390:42:44

-He's come a long way.

0:42:510:42:53

-The boy who was too small

-for international rugby...

0:42:530:42:56

-..is the confident performer...

0:42:570:42:59

-..whose naked, muscly body

-is on posters across the world.

0:42:590:43:03

-Back in Amman Valley he enjoys

-a pint and a cheese roll...

0:43:110:43:16

-..with the boys after the game.

0:43:160:43:18

-The same man was given a testimonial

-match at the Millennium Stadium.

0:43:240:43:29

-It was very special. It's one of

-the most special things I've done.

0:43:300:43:35

-The testimonial was exceptional.

0:43:350:43:41

-You can't get two men

-from such different backgrounds...

0:43:410:43:45

-..Justin Marshall

-and Shane Williams.

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-One is a global glamour boy. But

-they mutually respect each other.

0:43:490:43:54

-Marshall more than Shane maybe,

-respects what he represents.

0:43:540:43:59

-It's been a pleasure to referee him.

-He's an affable person.

0:43:590:44:03

-He never moans on the pitch

-and doesn't backchat, as some do!

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-Alright?

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-Everyone's turned up just to support

-me. My family were up in the boxes.

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-Most of the Amman Valley

-had travelled there by bus.

0:44:200:44:24

-Georgie didn't know what was

-happening but she enjoyed the day.

0:44:250:44:30

-Having her out there and carrying

-her off the pitch was very special.

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-I'll never forget that.

-I hope Georgie won't either.

0:44:360:44:40

-What a lovely sight.

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-It's a family occasion.

0:44:500:44:52

-The man himself receives the crowd's

-applause and appreciation.

0:44:520:44:57

-Justin Marshall is here, as well

-as players from across the world...

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-..just because they want

-to pay tribute to him and thank him.

0:45:080:45:12

-You have to have

-that special knack and talent...

0:45:120:45:15

-..to find space when it's not there.

0:45:150:45:17

-His footwork and speed are the best

-I've seen in the time I've played.

0:45:170:45:22

-If I referee a game

-where he gets the ball...

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-..I sometimes get as excited

-as the crowd.

0:45:290:45:32

-I think, "Where's he going? Where

-does he want me to go to keep up?"

0:45:320:45:36

-When he picks up speed

-and beats defenders...

0:45:370:45:40

-..there's no hope catching him up

-however fit or fast you are.

0:45:400:45:45

-I certainly prefer to have him

-on my team than play against him.

0:45:560:46:00

-I think he's the ultimate pro

-and is resilient.

0:46:000:46:03

-He's tough - he doesn't often

-get credit for that.

0:46:030:46:05

-He's mentally very strong.

0:46:060:46:07

-There aren't many players

-who can single-handedly turn a game.

0:46:070:46:11

-If I was in a phone booth with him,

-he would still sidestep me...

0:46:130:46:17

-..and I probably

-still couldn't catch him.

0:46:170:46:20

-Pound for pound, he's one

-of the strongest men playing rugby.

0:46:200:46:24

-He's so powerful, very agile,

-quick and has great speed.

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-Those are the special qualities that

-Shane has that not many people have.

0:46:280:46:32

-He is a winner as an individual

-and as a player.

0:46:420:46:46

-Because of that...

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-..he's been in very successful

-Welsh teams that have won.

0:46:480:46:52

-He was part

-of two Grand Slam-winning teams...

0:46:540:46:57

-..and he's entertained

-all the way through.

0:46:570:47:00

-It's very unusual to get players

-in the professional era...

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-..who tick both boxes.

0:47:040:47:06

-The third box

-he ticks remarkably well...

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-..is the fact he's a real gentleman

-and a lovely guy.

0:47:090:47:12

-I don't think anyone has such quick

-feet. He's so fast off the mark.

0:47:150:47:20

-If more players were like him, we

-would win the World Cup every time.

0:47:210:47:25

-I don't think I've ever

-been so nervous. I don't know why.

0:47:480:47:52

-And I play in big games!

0:47:520:47:54

-The IRB Awards

-was the climax to the year.

0:47:540:47:58

-Proof that he's overcome

-all obstacles and reached the top.

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-The rugby world recognizes the

-greatness of the great entertainer.

0:48:030:48:08

-IRB Player of the Year for 2008 -

-Shane Williams.

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-The way he conducts himself...

0:48:170:48:19

-..his willingness

-to contribute on the field...

0:48:190:48:22

-..and his professionalism off it

-are qualities that I respect...

0:48:230:48:26

-..and which earn him a lot

-of respect in world rugby circles.

0:48:270:48:31

-She's often nervous, as I am.

0:48:310:48:33

-But I think Gail

-was more nervous than me.

0:48:340:48:36

-Yeah, very nervous!

0:48:370:48:39

-I enjoy seeing it,

-and it happens quite often...

0:48:400:48:43

-..the big fellas see this little

-fella - "I'll get my hands on him."

0:48:430:48:46

-They never quite do it.

0:48:470:48:48

-As long

-as he doesn't run through our team!

0:48:480:48:50

-You've known each other

-since you were young.

0:48:510:48:54

-What it's like to be married

-to the World Player of the Year?

0:48:540:48:58

-Lovely!

0:48:590:49:00

-A little boy from Amman Valley

-has won the IRB Player of the Year.

0:49:090:49:14

-It's amazing.

0:49:140:49:16

-Something in him links him

-with men who love rugby...

0:49:210:49:24

-..whether they come

-from England, Brynaman or Timbuktu.

0:49:250:49:29

-The fact he's small adds to him.

-It'd be a disadvantage to most.

0:49:290:49:34

-He's turned a lack of height

-into an advantage.

0:49:340:49:38

-Analysis of the Welsh team shows

-where opponents must stop Wales.

0:49:410:49:47

-Yet, he can still do it.

0:49:470:49:49

-He makes supporters

-to get up from their seats.

0:49:490:49:53

-You know

-you're seeing something special.

0:49:530:49:56

-It's worth the ticket price alone

-just to watch him play.

0:49:560:50:00

-He can light up the play

-in every match.

0:50:000:50:04

-If I chose a team of the best

-players I've seen play for Wales...

0:50:040:50:09

-..I'm convinced, especially

-after the last twelve months...

0:50:100:50:14

-..that the two wingers would be

-Gerald Davies and Shane Williams.

0:50:140:50:18

-I can't praise the little man

-from Amman Valley more than that.

0:50:180:50:22

-I've been very lucky.

0:50:240:50:26

-Looking back, I never thought

-I'd have a year like this.

0:50:260:50:30

-I'm very proud of the life I lead

-and where I've come from.

0:50:300:50:35

-I wouldn't change a thing.

0:50:360:50:38

-I'm still a homeboy.

0:50:380:50:40

-I still waste my time

-with Amman United!

0:50:400:50:44

-And I still enjoy being there.

0:50:440:50:48

-I'll probably never leave the area.

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-S4C Subtitles by Testun Cyf.

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Wrth i ni edrych ymlaen at Bencampwriaeth y Chwe Gwlad 2017, cyfle arall i weld portread arbennig o'r seren rygbi Shane Williams. Documentary about Welsh rugby legend, Shane Williams.